Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Book Review: Come and See Wisdom

I'm having a particularly bad day today, so I'm reminded of Job and his plight in the Book of Job which is covered in the first four chapters of Come and See Wisdom. I'm fairly certain that God likes to see just how much I can take while my husband is traveling for business and I'm home alone with the kids. I suspect it's comic relief for Him. I'm sure I'd also laugh if I could just sit back and watch my antics.

Anyway, my latest book to review for the Catholic Company is Come and See Wisdom. It's is a Bible study book that is broken down into 22 chapters. To use this book you need a Catholic Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (I'm partial to the big green one in case you're wondering.). This book can be used in a group setting, which is ultimately how the book is intended to be used, or it can also be used for an individual Bible study. I suspect it would be great for homeschooling for middle and high schoolers.

Each chapter has a few pages that discuss the portion of the bible being examined and is followed by 20 questions that each have notations that correspond to a particular verse in the bible or a specific paragraph in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

If you are looking to start a bible study group at your parish, this book is really an excellent resource. In the introduction of the book it essentially walks you through what you'd need to do to start up and run a Bible study group. Every so many chapters it offers suggestions for a monthly social activity.

The format of the book reminded me an awful lot of the workbook my husband and I had for our pre-Cana class with it's read the lesson, answer the questions and discuss type of format. If you are using this book in a Bible study group there are tips included in the book for how to engage all of the participants in the discussion areas. I think the guidance the book offers is a nice touch. It's sort of a how to run a Bible study group for dummies type of thing. The guidance in the book takes care of all the guess work for you. Using this book will certainly allow you to ensure that you have consistency in the manner of presentation from lesson to lesson.

I liked how the book gives the reader background on different aspects of the Bible in terms of history, how a particular passage or psalm relates to passages from other books in the Bible. I also found that this book does not assume that it's users all have a knowledge of literary terms. It's explanations may seem rather mundane for those who are already familiar with these terms, but they're explained very clearly so that the concept is easy to grasp for someone who is not already acquainted with the terminology. So aside from offering insight to passages of the Bible, this book can also offer some enlightenment in the area of language arts. That's a bonus if you are using this to homeschool.

To find out more about Come and See Wisdom, visit the Catholic Company. As a reviewer for the Catholic Company, I was supplied with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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