Wise Words

Wise Words

Family Stories That Bring the Proverbs to Life

by Peter J. Leithart
Publisher: Canon Press
3rd Edition, ©2003, Publisher Catalog #FC-101
Trade Paperback, 134 pages
Current Retail Price: $15.00

Many parents struggle to find good, Biblical bedtime stories for their children. Peter Leithart was no exception, so he began to write his own. Before long, he had cataloged almost forty wonderfully inspiring bedtime stories based on the great reservoir of truth found in the book of Proverbs.

Written in the tradition of Grimm's Fairy Tales, this collection includes eighteen of his best tales, each to be read in four to six minutes—the perfect length for sleepy five to twelve year olds.

Wise Words is a fascinating storybook that illustrates Biblical principals and borrow imagery, plots, characters, settings, and themes directly from Scripture. It is sure to deepen every family's appreciation for the book of Proverbs and will bring both pleasure and illumination to you and your children.

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  Fun Stories at Their Best.
Miss Pickwickian of Oregon, 8/27/2011
"Wise Words" is simple and unpretentious. Stories for all ages are grounded in a specific Proverb but build off much more Biblical symbolism and typology.

This is, of course, a very different read from Dr. Leithart, but still holds all the thought and honesty of his other books. He opens with a quote I am completely in love with--

"Stand fast! And keep your childishness.
Read all the pendant's creeds and strictures,
But don't believe in anything
That can't be told in colored pictures."
~G. K. Chesterton

Dr. Leithart holds true to this principle and does so beautifully in "Wise Words."

I rationed this book because I didn't want it to be over. The stories are short, simple, playful, serious, and imperfect, but they will continue to roll around and grow in your noggin if you let them in.

Dr. Leithart provides a wonderful look into creating stories for young kids grounded in beauty and truth (and intriguing for the rest of the family).

"Wise Words" is quite simply a series of good stories.