Monday, March 8, 2010

Kaleidoscope by Patsy Clairmont

The first book from Thomas Nelson Publishing that I chose to review is Kaleidoscope by Patsy Clairmont. Have you ever looked through a kaleidoscope and just been amazed at how all of those small pieces come together to make something so beautiful? The Book of Proverbs resembles all of those small pieces but Clairmont pieces them together and ties them to everyday situations and the entire Book of Proverbs seems to come together, like a kaleidoscope.
Each chapter begins with a Proverb and Clairmont connects the reader to the verse with a real-life story. For instance, one section begins with Proverbs 27:1, "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth." When reading that Proverb, I totally understood what that meant. Of course it means, that none of us have any idea what will happen tomorrow. No brainer, right? Well, in one paragraph Clairmont states,

"The theory that only the swagger-filled confidant people succeed seems rampant in our society. It's a puffer-fish theology of 'fake it until you make it.' But here's the problem: We don't have a clue about what tomorrow might bring. Tomorrow is already full, but we didn't pack it."

I LOVE this!!! Some people may not like Clairmont's brutal honesty, but I LOVE it. I NEED brutal honesty, not a tiptoe, walk on eggshell explanation.

I think this book would make a great daily devotional type because it's broken down into small chapter-type sections, with each section discussing one Proverb. I really did not know what to expect when I chose this book, but I was so pleasantly surprised that I read it in 2 days.

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