I joined the Book Sneeze a few weeks ago, and chose Kaleidoscope as my first book to review.
Here’s a little bit about the book:
Acclaimed author and Women of Faith speaker Patsy Clairmont causes womens’ hearts to leap and their hopes to lift in this quirky, straight-to-the point look at the Proverbs.
Understanding the Christian life and the Bible can be a daunting task. But maybe God didn’t mean it to be so hard. In Kaleidoscope of Proverbs, Patsy Clairmont pieces together some powerful messages from God and reveals new facets of beauty, inspiration, and instruction. Written for busy women, Patsy offers brief, powerful chapters that address the key aspects of their lives, hearts, and relationships.
In the Proverbs, God gives us small gems of hope and truth, and in Kaleidoscope of Proverbs, Patsy Clairmont unveils them for readers with her trademark humor and insightful teaching.
This was the first book I’ve read by Patsy Clairmont, and I enjoyed it. She writes in a very easy-going and humorous way that makes the chapters seem to fly by. Patsy compared the book of Proverbs with a kaleidoscope – a book that holds so much truth and so many verses that you could stare into for hours and never get tired of it or see it all. And it’s true.
The book contains 32 short, interesting chapters – maybe 3 to 4 pages long, taking 5 minutes to read. In each chapter (focusing on one verse) she uses stories from her life to illustrate the meaning of the proverb. She ends with some challenging study questions and other verses that go along with the theme. Because the chapters were short, it was easy to focus on what she was saying and let it sink in. I found myself thinking about what I read throughout the day, as situations arose that would coincide with the subject she had written about.
Some of the things she said didn’t seem to connect very well with the proverb she chose; but even so, what she was saying was very interesting and right. I just didn’t catch how it applied with the verse. One of my favorite chapters is entitled “Dem Bones, Dem Bones.” In it, she explores the application of Proverbs 15:30b, which says “A good report makes the bones healthy.” Another excellent chapter was “It’s a Mad, Mad World,” where she explored the power of words.
This book could easily be used as a small group study, or to use in your personal devotions. The chapters are thought-provoking and convicting and will draw you deeper in your relationship with God. I recommend it for any age – young or old, you’ll easily be able to identify with Patsy’s life experiences, love her quirky-ness and desire her closeness with God.
In a word: passionate. About Jesus, church, ministry, music, reading, family, friends, and sometimes even iced skinny soy mochas.