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Street Smarts from Proverbs: How to Navigate Through Conflict to Community Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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"I love the book of Proverbs. Mitch Kruse has done a terrific job of bringing Solomon's wisdom right down to our level. Read and then apply to your daily walk."― Pat Williams, author of The Success Intersection, Senior Vice President and Co-Founder, Orlando Magic
"Mitch builds a beautiful, yet pragmatic bridge between age-old wisdom and real-life application. For anyone seeking to be closer to God and to find more peace here on earth, this bridge is worth walking!"― Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, Hootie and the Blowfish
"STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS is a gold mine of truth-the strongest, most challenging, most convicting book on unlocking wisdom you will ever read. I have witnessed first hand the incredible impact of Mitch's journey from money to wisdom and he has inspired and motivated multitudes who will never be the same...and neither will you after you take the opportunity to absorb this fantastic book!"―Gregg Bettis, Assistant to the President of Kanakuk Ministries
"Mitch aligns leadership with biblical principles in a way that people in all vocational walks and callings can relate to. STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS brings alive valuable tenets of Scripture within a context of practical principles of discipleship, active followership and mentorship."― Dr. Sherilyn R. Emberton, President, Huntington University
"I highly recommend Mitch Kruse's book STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS. Mitch's ability to connect life experiences with Scripture is amazing. I highly recommend his new work. I know you will enjoy it."― Ed Placencia, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star recipient as Squad Leader Sergeant E5, 173rd Airborne Brigade
"If ever there was a need for a succinct and applicable description of Proverbs, it's today! Mitch has a gift of breaking down truth in a way that makes God's word and wisdom come alive. What a welcome challenge in a world of confusion and anxiety!"― Bay Forrest, co-director of FOCUS Ministries, evangelist, and former center for the Phoenix Suns
"Life is a journey of discovery, and Mitch takes the reader on a memorable trip revealing practical principles for handling conflict in every aspect of life, personal and professional. Every business owner, corporate executive, and team member should read this book. The timeless truths Mitch shares about wisdom can be applied at all levels of every organization."― Chuck Surack, founder and president, Sweetwater Sound, Inc.
"Biblical wisdom is rare in our world today. In STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS, Mitch not only takes us to God's Word to point us to the truth-he gives us present-day examples of people whose lives demonstrate that wisdom and embody that truth."― Kraig Cabe, Indiana State Director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
"The main reason I love and recommend this book is because I know Mitch has personally experienced what he has now written for you and me. He changed his scorecard and now challenges us to do the same. The focus on Proverbs, principles, and practical steps will guide all of us to wisdom and new insights. Let's throw away that old scorecard and start afresh."―Larry Lance, CEO, Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana
"Mitch does an outstanding job helping the reader to understand how biblical wisdom applies to real life today. The complexities of today's world can distract Christians easily, but Mitch shares with us how God's Word is our guide for real Christian living. Great read!"―Marlin A. Stutzman, former U.S. Congressman
"What strikes me most about Mitch Kruse is his humility, his wisdom, and his passion for God's power of restoration. Mitch deeply understands our innate need for Godly wisdom-by virtue of his numerous years of corporate success, overwhelming adversity, and faithful ministry. Mitch has graduated from the 'School of Hard Knocks' with vibrant colors and proven 'Street Smarts.' Devour the wisdom contained within these pages, for they are inspired from the very source of Wisdom that formed the Earth. As these timeless treasures of Proverbs helped sustain me after all five of my family members drowned in a 2003 Kansas flash-flood, these stories and treasures will help sustain, restore, and propel you towards your divine destiny."― Robert Rogers, founder of Mighty in the Land Ministry and author of Into the Deep, 7 Steps to No Regrets, and Rise Above
"Wisdom is such an important character trait, yet so elusive to so many of us. Building on his life experiences, Mitch Kruse takes us on a journey through the wisdom of the book of Proverbs, applying eternal truths to real life situations today. I highly recommend you read this transformational book."―John S. Pistole, president of Anderson University, former administrator of the TSA, and former deputy director of the FBI
"One of the wisest and most knowledgeable men I have been blessed to know, Dr. Mitch Kruse is just as captivating with his writing as with his speaking. STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS uses Dr. Kruse's classic technique of taking biblical truths and delivers them in a fashion that not only helps you better understand Solomon's timeless book of wisdom, but also gives step-by-step practical ways to live them out in every aspect of your life."― Alyssa A. Welch, Indiana University School of Medicine
"In STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS, Mitch presents wisdom as the principle thing. Weaving in the stories of everyday believers, Mitch shows why we so desperately need God's wisdom in every area of our lives. This is a must read!"― Shirley Woods, founder of the Euell A. Wilson Center
"No matter where you are in the 'journey of life,' we all have faced some form of adversity or trials. I believe that STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS will connect with and impact you in some way, shape, or form as Mitch Kruse reveals his experiences by applying Solomon's 'twelve words.' Wisdom is a priceless gift that should never be taken for granted. I hope this book impacts the reader's heart."―Jody Martinez, women's basketball assistant coach, University of Illinois
"The stories and experiences that Mitch shares while applying Solomon's twelve words to the wise in his new book, STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS, will transform your heart forever. They are timeless, practical experiences for your life, family, and relationships. They are the keys to unlocking wisdom."―Gordon D. Bell, author of Discover Your Next Best Step: 10 Proven Principles of Servant Leadership Wisdom
"Mitch Kruse brilliantly articulates why all the street smarts in the world is meaningless if you are a godless fool. He clearly and concisely addresses why a gullible fool is still formable, but the godless fool has no hope unless he/she repents. This is a must-read book for anyone challenged with a personal conflict between choosing a life that is self-centered, or a life that is God-centered."―Duane DuCharme, Indiana State Representative for Celebrate Recovery, business entrepreneur
"If you are looking for a shrewd understanding of how to survive or succeed in any situation - whether it is a seemingly impossible situation or just everyday life, you need this book! Mitch Kruse has condensed the book of Proverbs to 12 keys that will unlock your world in a way you never dreamed!"―Dr. Garth W. Coonce, founder and CEO of TCT Network, author of A Voice, A Vision, A Victory
"While educating struggling teens, we utilize the book of Proverbs daily for wisdom and discipline. We are more than excited to utilize STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS as one of our key resources in transforming lives through teaching what is right, just, and fair."― Robert R. Staley, founder and CEO, Crossing School of Business & Entrepreneurship
"From a professional athletic perspective STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS outlines amazing concepts (four chambers) that athletes overlook when striving for success. You must have the drive (will) to succeed, know what you are doing (intellect), and have a peaceful mind (spiritually and emotional) to be successful. Dr. Mitch Kruse and D J. Williams artfully show readers how to use these concepts to strike a meaningful balance in their lives as they work hard to achieve success."― Joe Odhiambo, 14-Time Guinness World Record Holder & World Renowned Basketball Freestyler
"It's been said that if you know the man, you'll love the book. Mitch Kruse is a dear friend and I loved his book. He's one of the few people in my circle of friends where every time he speaks, I take mental notes. Mitch is that wise. He has a bit of Solomon in his step, which is one of the reasons this book will resonate with readers: Mitch had it all, lost most of it and then asked God to recalibrate. STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS is multifaceted: it will not only give you a different lens to look at life, but it's also a must-have for the workplace, marriage and family."―David Dean, comedian
"As a professional athlete, coach, and business owner, I have experienced first-hand, the priceless value of wisdom from Proverbs taught by Mitch Kruse. In STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS, Mitch conveys these timeless truths in a relevant manner that will help anyone wisely manage conflict both on and off the court. These amazing truths have shown to be extremely applicable and successful, in the spiritual development of our elite level athletes at Empowered Sports Club. I look forward to sharing this book with all my professional teammates, business associates, players and coaches."―William Robbins, Professional Athlete, Coach, and CEO of Empowered Sports Club, Volleyball Academy, and Pro Beach Juniors
"You''ll find yourself ready to persevere through any challenge after reading what Mitch Kruse reveals from the words of wisdom found in the book of Proverbs and how those words apply to real-life events. This is a fantastic spiritual guide for not only those that are just now beginning their walk with Christ but also for the lifelong followers that desire to learn even more."―Cam Tribolet, author of Dead 13 Times
"Mitch has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible and an incredible ability to relate its messages to the everyday lives of people today. His insight is amazing, and this book will inspire you to draw closer to God."―Curtis Smith, Director Community Outreach, Parkview Health
"Having just re-read Proverbs, I am very excited to see Mitch's real-life applications in his new book. My spiritual journey began with humbling myself before the Lord. Jesus meets us at the bottom - only then can He begin to use us for His Kingdom purpose. I am sure STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS will provide a map to continue this life-long journey."― George Del Canto, founder and co-owner of Kingdom Racing
"God has used Mitch's insights on humility and wisdom to challenge and change the hearts of Mid-Morning's listeners. STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS offers that same treasure to others who long to know and live like our wise and humble Lord."― Lynne Ford, Mid-Morning Executive Producer and Host, the WBCL Radio Network
"The book of Proverbs is one of my favorite books and Mitch Kruse is one of my favorite authors. Together, the two make a winning combination! His humble, down-to-earth style draws the reader into each passage and story. I have been enamored with antique and classic cars as long as I can remember and no one understands the wisdom required for the restoration process better than Mitch. In a similar manner, he carefully brings to light the redemptive power of Proverbs that can bring restoration to our lives if we will heed God's wisdom for the ages. STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS is a must read!"― Tom Ellsworth, author and minister
About the Author
MITCH KRUSE is known for his contribution to the collector car and real estate auction arenas. For seventeen years, he was owner, CEO, and auctioneer of the world's largest collector car sales organization. Kruse and his father developed the world's first auction park, home to the annual Auburn, Indiana, collector car auction that attracted three hundred thousand collectors each year. Mitch and his wife, Susan, live in Auburn, Indiana, just 15 minutes north of Fort Wayne, IN, on their family farm, first homesteaded by Kruse's great-great-great grandfather in 1854. They have four daughters.
D.J. WILLIAMS has been in the entertainment industry and nonprofit sector for twenty years. His writing credits include Restoration Road with Mitch Kruse, The Disillusioned, Waking Lazarus, and contributing writer for Holy Bible: Mosaic. Currently based in Los Angeles, Williams continues to add to his producing and directing credits by continuously developing new projects for television, film, and print.
Top customer reviews
Kruse suggests readers read a chapter of Proverbs from the Bible every day. He actually suggests 3 more ways to add to that plan if you want to step up your game and read through the whole Bible and learn more. I used to read a chapter of Proverbs every day and then I got out of the habit during our recent moves. This book reminded me of how much I had gleaned from that habit and has me reading Proverbs again. In Street Smarts from Proverbs, Kruse uses real-life stories, Bible stories and offers simple steps for remembering ways to use the wisdom of Proverbs in conflict management. Kruse introduces twelves words from Solomon to remember when growing in conflicts: righteousness, equity, justice, wise behavior, understanding, wise communication, prudence discretion, wise counsel, discipline, knowledge, and learning. I especially liked the chapters on understanding, discipline and learning, but they are all good depending on what you personally need to work on.
Kruse is a business man who is married with four daughters. He shares a lot of wisdom he has learned from his own life as well as others. I like that his examples encompass people from all walks of life. I think all readers could find something to relate to. I would recommend this book to every one. I also agree with Kruse that reading a chapter of Proverbs every day is a good practice to stay in.
I received Street Smarts From Proverbs from FaithWords/Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Kruse has done an excellent job of examining all the information in Proverbs and organizing the insights around twelve concepts: righteousness, equity, justice, wise behavior, understanding, wise communication, prudence, discretion, wise counsel, discipline, knowledge, and learning.
This is a very good book illustrating the major principles for life contained in Proverbs. Kruse combines teaching on each subject with great stories giving examples of the principles in action. My favorite suggestion was the Five Second Rule. Before each phone call, email, text message, or meeting, take five second and ask the Holy Spirit what He wants you to do. (145) I also like the Ten Second Rule, taking anger to God for a full ten seconds. “He will cool us down, keeping us silent, patient, and on the straight path.” (153)
Kruse often puts his information into an easy to remember form. His components for wise communication, for example, include
Key in on the other person's perspective
Speak Scripture. (161)
I highly recommend this book to those who may have read Proverbs but don't know how to implement the wise concepts contained in it. The material in this book allows readers to understand the principles and get a good sense of how the principles are lived out. Men, I think, would particularly like this book as most of the stories are about men.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Kruse believes monthly rereadings of Proverbs will instruct open students in judgement, discretion, and restraint. This, for Kruse, makes a working definition of “wisdom,” a form of thinking in which faithful believers sublimate their human reason to God’s will. Because Proverbs has thirty-one chapters, reading one per day will increase opportunities for learning and self-correction. Through repetition, devoted readers will acquire the habits of right thinking and self-control which Proverbs makes available to open minds.
Pursuing this goal, Kruse is a master maker of lists and other mnemonic devices. The largest part of this book delves into what Kruse calls the Twelve Words, important themes which recur in Proverbs and define its overarching goal, Wisdom. These include Righteousness, Justice, Discipline, and Learning— words which mean something different in Biblical contexts than in conversational English. Kruse defines these terms using a mix of scholarship and anecdote, in the classic sermonist style.
My problem isn’t Kruse’s writing. He hews to a familiar homiletic style which I assume Christian writers must learn in seminary, because it recurs regularly. I might wish Kruse broke from a mold I find boring in Christian pop nonfiction, because I’ve seen it so often that my eyes skim the page, but that’s my personal problem. Rather, his choice of Proverbs, probably the most first-person-singular book of the Bible, leaves me scratching my head.
Proverbs is part of what Hebrew scholars call Wisdom Literature, four books (seven in the Septuagint, called the Catholic Apocrypha) that differ from other Biblical books. Neither history, like the Torah, nor exhortations of the people, like the Prophets, Wisdom Literature mostly involves gnomic poems and sayings restraint, humility, and godliness. Unlike most Hebrew Scripture, Proverbs isn’t intended for the whole people; it’s specifically for kings or (like the case of Ecclesiastes) sons of kings.
That’s why mainline liturgical churches often avoid Proverbs in pulpit ministry. We can’t agree on how it applies to most believers today. We consider it inspired, and like all scripture, useful for instruction. But to call it controversial is underselling the situation. Kruse often has to perform theological gymnastics to make Proverbs yield the communitarian thesis he promises in his title, an approach that, I’ve noticed, doesn’t much include direct citations from Scripture, including Proverbs.
Thus we’re faced with a Christian book that seldom cites the principal Christian source, a communitarian book about hierarchies, a book about Hebrew Scripture that largely eschews the Hebrew prophetic tradition. Kruse trades primarily in contradictions, which I think even he doesn’t always see. His most recurring theme holds that Christians need to subjugate their will and intellect to God’s, yet h almost entirely emphasizes individual salvation, not what God would have us actually do.
My biggest problem turns on Kruse’s distribution of rewards. His anecdotes generally follow a reliable pattern: a person Kruse knows, or knows about, ventures into willfulness and self-seeking, which ends badly. (He particularly dreads substance abuse.) That person rediscovers God’s purpose, surrenders to divine will, and gets restored. This often ends with some earthly reward: a university degree and a family, lucrative speaking gigs, media stardom. Heavenly salvation, in Kruse’s theology, generally brings earthly rewards.
Kruse never says anything I find altogether wrong. He often shares meaningful, uplifting, theologically sound precepts. But with his emphasis on individual salvation and the journey from poverty to riches, literal or metaphorical, he’s essentially sharing a Christianized Horatio Alger story. Though I often like Kruse’s message, I cannot escape the reality that, throughout, he never stops thinking like a businessman. Christianity is, for Kruse, a transaction, where the faithful hope to make a profit.