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Book: Be Wise Small: A Lifetime of Distilled Wisdom
Author: Dee Bowman
Cover designer: Marc Hinds
Publisher: 21st Century Christian Inc., 2016
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Bowman, Dee. Be Wise Small: A Lifetime of Distilled Wisdom (published in 2016 by 21st Century Christian Inc., 2809 Twelfth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204). The author, my good friend Dee Bowman, was born and raised in Texas. After finishing his education, he entered the entertainment and radio business with his two brothers. Then he began preaching full time in 1971 and has preached for over forty years with the Southside Church of Christ in Pasadena, TX. Also, he served as one of the editors of Christianity Magazine for sixteen years and as an Adjunct Professor at Florida College for fourteen years. The author of several books, including Common Sense Preaching, Dee wrote for various publications in the years after Christianity Magazine had ceased publication, but had not done a regular column again. Therefore, when Mark Roberts and Warren Berkley established a monthly electronic journal for e-readers known as Pressing On, the first columnist whom they contacted about writing for it was Dee Bowman.
The material in this book is a collection of Dee’s thoughts and ideas from those columns. Dee himself explains what the title means. “’Be wise small’ may sound a bit off-key, but don’t be fooled by its simplicity. It’s actually a big part of life. It’s an attribute and attitude that should be started early and then practiced in every area of life….It’s actually rather simple. What you try to do is be wise about even the smallest matters.” Dee says that the book is not intended to have a thematic woven into it and no special subject to which it returns but is written so that one can open it to any page, read any entry, and find something there to contemplate.
So, have you ever wished that had taken more time to listen to the wisdom of a godly grandmother or grandfather and then could articulate what you’d learned about your life with God so that you could pass it on to your children, grandchildren, or even great-grandchildren? Dee Bowman has distilled a lifetime of godly wisdom into small, manageable, memorable statements and stories. Life will teach its lessons. The question is, will we learn through wounds, bruises, and brokenness or through the shared wisdom of a Scripture-soaked sage? Dee tries to teach us to honor the Lord, even in small matters.