I can be a little picky when it comes to devotional books and journals. I really like lots of space to write and I’m drawn to the books that are beautiful on both the inside and out. If it has any kind of prompts, I insist that the questions must point me back to God and His Word instead of what a person has written.
I opened the journal to the first page and knew right away that I was interested in this journal. It starts out giving a quick overview of what is inside the journal and how to best use the journal. It starts out reminding those who are using the journal to read a “Bird’s-Eye view of Proverbs” before you even start the journal. That way, you have an idea of what the book is about. Then, you will read the Guided Tour parts, that are notes to help give you some context and notes about what you’ve read. Then you will continue to study one chapter of Proverbs a week or you can spread it out at a more leisurely pace. It is followed by the section called “Reflections”, which is more like “What did you learn about God in this chapter” or “What is a prayer request you’re making for the final owner of this journal?” Finally, you get to share your faith story before handing this journal off to its final owner. I think that’s a neat aspect because you are sharing this journal with someone you love and trust deeply.
The only thing that I wish was different about his journal was that the guided tour came closer to the end after you’ve spent the time studying the passage. However, I did find that I could easily switch those sections in my own study and just read the Guided Tour afterwards.
I thought hard about who I would give this journal to and I definitely want to give it to my children. I’d like to get two more so that I can go through it again and have different answers and thoughts for each child. What a gift to give them when they get older!
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Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation (New Growth Press, October 2017)
Let Scripture reform the next generation.
There are many different kinds of legacies we can leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time. Through showing himself and his wisdom in the book of Proverbs, God has also left his legacy with us and relies on us to share it with our children and grandchildren. But before we can share that wisdom, first we must grow in our own understanding and knowledge and record, reflect, and consider what we have learned.
Pass it On provides readers with an opportunity to create a legacy of wisdom and faith and to share it with their children and grandchildren. As readers are guided through the book of Proverbs, they are asked to create their own personalized, wisdom journal with the aim of giving it to someone they love. Through careful study, answering questions, writing out prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers can create a lasting keepsake for themselves and for their families and friends.
Created by Champ Thornton, best-selling author of The Radical Book for Kids, Pass It On is an innovative resource to strengthen families and help them grow in their love for God and each other. This is a perfect gift for an older and wiser friend or relative, so they can share themselves and what they have learned about God with the next generation.
The fresh and careful translation provided comes from Dr. Bruce Waltke, who, now in his eighties, has devoted his life to a humble and Christ-focused study of God s Word, and especially the book of Proverbs. His two-volume work on Proverbs is considered by many as the premier commentary in the English language. As you study the translation of individual chapters, add your own comments in the margins. And feel free to circle, underline, and connect key words or phrases as you see them in the chapter for the day.
Champ Thornton, MDiv, is associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, OH. He is also the author of “The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith,” “God’s Love: A Bible Storybook,” and Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children. Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children.
I received this journal free from New Growth Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this journal.