May 04, 2010

Proverbs Living

I just recently finished Kaleidoscope by Patsy ClairmontBooksneeze sent it to me to review.  Its the first nonfiction book I've gotten from them and I very much enjoyed it.  With each chapter Clairmont takes a proverb and delves into real life applications.

When I first got the book, I sat down with it and flew through the first couple of chapters.  Its easy to do, as they each are just about 4-6 pages long.  I quickly realized, however, that's its not a book to be devoured.  Rather its meant to be taken bit by bit, one chapter at a time.

As someone who prides herself on my quick reading skills, it was difficult to only take 4 pages at time, reading the small book over the course of a month.  To do anything else with this book is to miss the point, to read with no regard for what the book has to say.

Each night before bed, I settled in with the book, a notebook, and a pen - prepared to do the homework questions that follow at the end of each chapter.  Without the questions and related scripture passages, this book is merely a collection of cute, sometimes emotional stories.  With the questions, the reader dives into the scripture and challenged to apply it to every day living.

I very much enjoyed the experience of the book.  Clairmont, who's most known for her humor, is very honest with the her struggle with depression.  Its refreshing to see someone on the other side of such a dark illness, shining the light with the message of hope.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. If you ever get the chance to do a Beth Moore bible study, DO IT! I did one last year and it was awesome! I still have the magnet on my back door and I read it everyday.

  2. Sounds like a great book!! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  3. Sounds like how I read...with a notebook and pen! And usually a cup of coffee too. :) I like to make notes of passages or thoughts that stir me and later go and re-digest them.

  4. I love her writing, and this sounds like another good book from her!

  5. That sounds like a great devotional for a month or so.

  6. I have always liked her. Very, very much.


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