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A Father's Gift Paperback – October 1, 2009
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Kenneth B. Wingate is a lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church (Associate Reformed Presbyterian), where he is an elder and Bible teacher. Ken and his wife have three adult children.
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Perhaps it is because mining the wisdom of Proverbs involves concerted effort. Not only do many of the jewels, by their very nature, reveal themselves only upon deep reflection, but the seemingly hodgepodge nature of their arrangement can make it difficult to find the themes, the common threads that wind their way through the text. It is helpful, then, to read a book in which much of that difficult work has already been done. In A Father's Gift Ken Wingate has sought out and compiled many of the most common themes: wealth, relationships, purity, work, self-control, health, pride and so on. He has taken these themes and applied them to life in the twenty-first century, showing how the challenges of Solomon's day are the same challenges we face today.
Wingate is a lawyer by trade, practicing in Columbia, South Carolina. Within the book the reader will find many references to the author's vocation. This adds an interesting element as he shares how he has seen the truth behind many of the proverbs through his clients and through people he has encountered in the courtroom. His perspective as a lawyer (rather than a pastor as we might expect) is refreshing.
In his foreword to the book Sinclair Ferguson says this: "Proverbs--and Ken Wingate following it--shows us the way to possess the jewel of all jewels in a well-adorned life: wisdom that is rooted in the knowledge of, and reverential love for, God. Here is true wisdom that will prove to be worth its weight in gold in every age and culture. Ken Wingate now brings it into our needy culture, and I for one am grateful to him for sharing his gift as a father with other fathers--and mothers, and sons and daughters too."
In this book, written for his children but given now to anyone who cares to read it, Wingate has done us a great service. He has collected much of the wisdom of proverbs under suitable headings and has shown how these proverbs, these principles, are absolutely timeless, as important to us today as they were to the young men they were written for so many centuries ago. I benefited from reading it and am sure you will too.
What is on that list?
What is the very best gift you can think of to give your children?
That's the very question Kenneth Wingate asked himself on Christmas morning 1996 as he watched the wrapping paper fly around his living room. He felt something very empty about all the bows and pretty wrapping paper. As he thought about his answer to his own question, his book A Father's Gift: Lessons from Proverbs began to take shape.
From the back cover of the book (and from Sinclair Ferguson's foreword):
"Many young parents today are beside themselves with anxieties about their children, and, sadly, confusion too about how to nurture them. The ongoing addiction of our times to the heresy of modernity and its proud rejection - and ignorance - of the tested and tried wisdom of the past, inevitably leads to dysfunction in home and family life. Sadly, the older, wiser counsel of God's Word, and especially of the book of Proverbs, is unknown or neglected. Yet Proverbs was composed specifically as a manual for home and family instruction, and to prepare us for life in the world. It is a divinely given handbook to help parents. Here then is a book for parents to read on their own; for teenagers to read on their own; for parents and teenagers, who are willing to take the family challenge, to read round the table after dinner or on other occasions. It points us to God's way. It promises us God's grace. What could be better for us than that?"
The book has 19 chapters, each ending with a one sentence Key Principle easy to commit to memory along with scripture. There are two appendixes at the end of the book; one contains Key Principles for Abundant Living and the other breaks down the book of Proverbs by subject.
Here's an example of the Key Principle for Abundant Living concerning our words:
"Speak only the F.A.C.T.S. Let your words be Few, Apt, Calm, True, and Sweet.
I have three children, ages 13, 5, and 2, and I've read my share of parenting books. A Father's Gift rises close to the top of my parenting library. I'm so glad Mr. Wingate has chosen to share his gift to his children with us. If you read only one book on parenting outside of your Bible, make sure it is this one! But the beauty of the book is that it is not meant to be just read by you, but an endless gift of biblical treasure to share with your children, and their children, and their children, and their children, and....
Banner of Truth was so kind to send me a complimentary copy of A Father's Gift for the purpose of review.