Reviewed by AB
In the publishing world, producing a bestseller is difficult enough, and producing two bestsellers proves even more challenging. With the publication of Pass It On, Champ Thornton follows up his successful The Radical Book for Kids with what I believe is an equally impressive, though much different, work bound for the devotional bestseller list.
Pass It On is an in-depth, journal-style study of the book of Proverbs that excels in its ability to clearly define the structure and purposes of this much-beloved portion of Scripture. What makes this study of Proverbs different is its unique keepsake format. Thornton’s passion for sharing the truths of God’s Word with the next generation is clearly evident in this book, as well as his The Radical Book for Kids; and the deeper the reader gets into this study of Proverbs, the more that passion becomes contagious. With plenty of space for recording thoughts on what you’ve gleaned from God’s words of wisdom, you’ll be encouraged to share wisdom from your own life with a child, grandchild, or other young family member.
Thornton begins with an overview of Proverbs that is deep but attainable. Each of the 31 passages is presented and then followed by a section for reflection, which includes the following divisions: Identifying a Verse (a meaningful verse with explanation for why it impacted the reader), Going Deeper (questions for in-depth analysis), Connecting the Gospel (matching a passage in Proverbs with a passage from the New Testament that shows how both point to Jesus), Personalizing a Prayer (prayer for the reader himself and the one he hopes will inherit this keepsake), and Sharing Your Story (personal examples of how the reader has seen the words of this particular proverb acted out in his own life).
Personally, I’m excited about this study for my own understanding of the book of Proverbs, and I love that I can gift it to my children with words of wisdom from my own life experiences. I give this keepsake 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received an early copy of this book as part of the Litfuse blog tour.