Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Review - Street Smarts from Proverbs


STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS reveals Solomon's steps to divine wisdom while providing tools to navigate out of conflict into community.

Mitch Kruse learned the hard way that going to church three times a week while growing up did not answer the question:

Have you ever thought about changing the scorecard of your life from money to wisdom?
His pursuit to find the answer sparked a lifelong journey through the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs, one that connects God's heart with street smarts.

STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS introduces Solomon's twelve words to the wise:
righteousness, equity, and justice
wise behavior, understanding, and wise communication
prudence, discretion, and wise counsel
discipline, knowledge, and learning

Each is paired with a real-life story of someone who experienced God's miraculous restoration after humbling their heart to Him. It explains, illustrates, and applies one of the twelve words, providing an easy-to-understand, yet life-transforming step-by-step process to assimilate each respective trait of wisdom.

STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS gives memorable prompts for the reader to recall every point with the purpose of applying it to conflict at work, with family, among friends, and in ministry. It provides tangible tools to be shrewd, yet harmless, in business dealings; to separate wisdom from foolishness through discretion; and to seek wise counsel for life's decisions.


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, 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.


This is an excellent book that will show us how to gain Spiritual wisdom through God's Word - more specifically through the Proverbs.

This book is incredibly easy to read and to comprehend. I liked that the authors broke down the issues that we all deal with on a daily basis and gave us the keys to wisdom on how to deal with them.

I especially liked the chapter on Prudence. We are shown how to deal with insults and conflict. I really like how we are shown Godly wisdom regarding these things as it's not always easy to know how to handle things like this. On our own, we may make a mess of these things but, with God's discernment, we are shown what to do.

The whole book is excellent with help and wisdom regarding issues that we all deal with. I love how the Proverbs are highlighted to give us greater understanding of how to live in a more discerning way.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Hachette Book Group

Blessings - Julie

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