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Solomon Says: Directives for Young Men Paperback – March 9, 2020
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The book of Proverbs is a puzzle, and an insoluble one, if we think the Bible is only concerned about the eternal destiny of our souls. When we see that the Bible is about how men and women are created and redeemed to relate to God and rule creation, Proverbs snaps into place. It is, as Mark Horne shows, a "meditation on Genesis," instructing the young to become the kings they're created to be. Solomon Says isn't just a study of Proverbs. Like Proverbs itself, this insightful book is a guide for life that helps the reader make wisdom part of his body.
- Peter J. Leithart, PhD., President of Theopolis Institute, author of Matthew Through New Eyes (Athanasius Press) and Solomon Among the Postmoderns (Brazos Press).
This is a very accessible and practical guide to a very accessible and practical guide: the Book of Proverbs. Mark Horne ably demonstrates that rather than being a grab bag of random bits of wisdom, the Book of Proverbs has the singular purpose of equipping believers for lives of kingly freedom. This is a wonderful book for fathers and sons, for mothers and daughters, and for growing disciples everywhere. Highly recommended.
- Rev. George Grant, PhD., Pastor at Parish Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Tennessee, and author of The Courage and Character of Theodore Roosevelt (Cumberland House Publishing) and The Micah Mandate (Moody Pub)
There has been an explosion of interest in reaching alienated young men with a message of self-control and the importance of growing up. Much of it has been pagan or syncretistic. But the answers won't come from Jung, they'll come from Solomon who wrote the only book in the Bible specifically dedicated to teaching a boy how to become a man. Horne's commentary on Proverbs speaks with the same realism and bluntness as the book it comments on. We live in a time of leadership crisis and Horne's book comes at exactly the right time for us. Self-control beats victimism (even conservative and Christian victimism) every time. Jordan Peterson tapped into the need. Horne's book points the lost boys to go deeper into the real answer to their problem: Biblically defined wisdom.
- Jerry Bowyer, editor of Townhall Finance, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership, and author of The Maker vs. the Takers: What Jesus Really Said About Social Justice and Economics (forthcoming).
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Paperback : 166 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1733535675
- ISBN-13 : 978-1733535670
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.35 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Athanasius Press (March 9, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #320,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Proverbs is a book that is hard to read. It isn't because the concepts are difficult to understand. It's rather because there are so many concepts to digest in a short reading. And on top of that, as with any wisdom, the concepts at first seem obvious, but invite you to chew on them. Then they take you to some pretty deep places. How could you ever preach through this book?
Solomon Says does not try to be a commentary on Proverbs. I love how Mark Horne comes right out and tells you that this is a reader's guide to Proverbs. He doesn't tell you every detail about every verse. Rather, he connects the themes of the book together for you and shows you how to think as you read it.
The whole book is worth reading and thinking about. To give you a taste, consider the following insight:
Proverbs 18:1 says that whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire. If you take that verse by itself, you would think Solomon is condemning people who want to be alone. If you think that, you miss the point of the verse (of course, it MAY be wrong to want to be alone, but that lesson does not come from this verse). The verse does not stand alone, but is a continuation of the thought from chapter 17. That chapter ends by exhorting you to control your words and keep from anger. 18:1, then, is not about a desire to be alone. It is the consequence of answering in anger. You push people away! You isolate yourself.
Maybe I'm not that smart, but I never saw that before. Solomon says is filled with cool little insights like that.
Most of all, this book makes me realize how terribly I have failed to seek wisdom. I have done a lot of damage in my own life and to those around me with the way I have failed to restrain my mouth. I want you to read this so you can avoid these mistakes. I'm glad I'm reading it so I can work to improve., and that we have One who is Himself wisdom come down from God to save us!
This book, like Proverbs, is not just for men. The wisdom found within is wise for everyone. I recommend that young women read this book too, not only to be encouraged in wisdom for themselves but to gain a better view of what they should hope for in the men in their lives. Young men, both the foolish and those on the path to wisdom, are often more quick to be encouraged toward wisdom by women than by wisdom itself. This book will help you understand Proverbs, clarify what is quality husband material, and offer guidance for what you should look for and encourage in the men around them.
Parents, read this book for yourself and for your marriage. But also read it for what it can teach you to foster in your children. Wisdom literature is the most practical of all the genres of literature in the Bible. Yet it is often one of the most overlooked. Solomon Says has more in it to help you raise your children than most of the parenting books I’ve read, especially as your kids move into their teens.
As I have gotten older, I have realized, too late, that the wisdom books should have been the focus of my days as a young man. If our young people had a foundation of wisdom literature, knowing it in such a way that it was, at the least, a kind of home they could return to when they lost their way, or the echo that resounded in their hearts when they made decisions, then they would be like houses built on solid ground. I teach jr. high, and I try to make up for my foolishness as a young man by presenting my students with wisdom literature every day, encouraging them to make it a daily discipline in their lives, to know it so that they will understand it as they live it (rather than understand it after they live it). When I heard that this book was being released, I couldn’t wait for it to come out. Mark Horne did not disappoint. His understanding and handling of Proverbs is enlightening and engaging. I am encouraged and challenged by this book. I already gave my copy away and had to order another one for my kids to read.
The cover is pleasing, as are the pages and weight of this edition from Athanasius Press. I noticed a few typos in the front half of the book, nothing major. Hopefully, this book will be recognized in the wider world for its value and will demand further printings. Perhaps Athanasius Press can clean up these typos on future printings/editions. A quality hardcover edition would be nice.
Beyond that, Solomon Says patiently, relentlessly, engagingly pushes toward a Biblical understanding of maturity and, more importantly, the Biblical path to maturity. I'm still working my way through it with my three teen boys, but I believe most people will find even the opening two or three chapters well worth the price of admission.
(review by Jay Horne)