Book Review: Get Wise

Get WiseBob Merritt, author of Get Wise: Make Great Decisions Every Day, take the reader through the book of Proverbs in a topical manner aimed at some of the key features of life.  Merritt writes in a down-to-earth (sorry for the cliche) style that allows the reader to comprehend and mull over each chapter’s nuggets of wisdom.

Part 1 examines the essential elements of wisdom – how to get it and cultivate it.  Part 2 digs into wisdom of the heart and how it is expressed in even the seemingly simplest ways.  Part 3 keys in on relationships – including topics not usually linked together with wisdom (e.g. sex).  Part 4 builds upon the previous section by looking at wisdom and the family.  Part 5 zeros in on wisdom and the workplace.

My favorite parts of the book were found in Part 2 and Part 3.  As the author digs into our internal workings, he does a wonderful job of keeping it in the context or relationships – where we often truly discover our heart’s condition.  In Part 3, Merritt looks at relationships but does so in a way that we are forced to look at our own hearts.  The way the two sections practically dig into internal and external facets of wisdom was well done.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers http://www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

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