Book Review: A Proverbs Driven Life

Recommended. This practical, gospel-centered set of applications gleaned from the proverbs focuses on areas of importance in the lives of Christ followers.

What I like most about this book–and that’s not an easy choice to make–is how Selvaggio again and again points readers toward the gospel as the key to understanding the Proverbs. After all, the task of understanding Proverbs is not an easy one. Though at first glance they appear to be easily digestible, pithy statements of truth, Selvaggio beings by showing how readers can be led astray through illogical conclusions, reading proverbs in isolation, putting God on our timetable, and making lesser things than God the goals of our obedience. When God is the goal of our obedience, Selvaggio explains, we stand a chance of appropriating the truths in Proverbs well.

Thankfully, Selvaggio quickly dismantles our legalistic tendencies–there is a part of our hearts that wants to take the Proverbs and use them to make ourselves right before God–by pointing us toward what Jesus has to do with this Old Testament book. We are shown how Jesus lived wisdom, how He is wisdom, how He is the way of wisdom, and how He supplies wisdom. With these truths to digest, we are freed from the enslaving desire to obey the proverbs perfectly under our own power.

Once this essential ground is covered, Selvaggio gets to the meat of the book: a series of chapters organized around the big ideas of our words, our work, our wealth, our friends, our marriage, and our children. Each of these topics is discussed with the earnest, compelling tone of a practiced pastor and the understandable, deep-watered truths of a thoughtful theologian.

This is a great book both to read through and to have on a nearby shelf whenever questions arise. I highly recommend it.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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