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).