Book Review: Get Wisdom
Author Gregory Ross is a hard-luck case whose bad life choices have landed him in some bad spots.
Ross is a sadder but wiser man for his mistakes, and writes his book Get Wisdom Get Understanding as a cautionary tale to all those who might follow the same path as he.
Like many who go down the wrong road, Ross has found his peace and purpose in religion, specifically Christianity. In this book, Ross lays out the evangelical tennants of Christianity, and how they may be applied to the life of the reader in order to improve them and give them purpose.
The book is readable, partially because Ross speaks directly to the reader in a kind of second-person voice, telling the reader "you should consider this," or "you don't want to make this mistake."
This seems a little condescending at times, but it is worth noting as you read through, that the words of the book are mostly him speaking to his son, resulting in a sort of fatherly voice. The title of the book "Get Wisdom," is a direct reference to the Biblical book of Proverbs, which also maintains a fatherly voice speaking to a son to impart wisdom.
In keeping with the theme of Biblical Wisdom Literature, Ross preempts each chapter of his book with a bit of poetry he personally wrote.
Get Wisdom - Get Understanding
Ross' book is an adequate guide to the fundamentals of Christian understanding - written with the assumption that the reader knows very little about Christianity.
The voice of the book is basic enough that it would be readable at about a 6th grade level, so this book might be a resource Christian parents could consider giving their pre-teen or teenage children if they want them to have a primer on Christianity.
It also might serve as an adequate devotional for recently converted Christians to give them a thoughtful and sensitive rundown of what it's all about.
For a mature Christian, most of the book is retreading old ground - although it might still serve well as a devotional.