I want to thank Crossway for sending me a copy of this commentary. This volume was written for the “Preaching the Word” commentary series published by Crossway in Wheaton, Il. As a commentary, I will not be reviewing specifically what he says about this book but its quality as a resource.
First, a bit about the author. Ray Ortlund Jr. has his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and is currently the lead pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennesse. He currently serves as the president of Renewal Ministries and as a regional director in the Acts 29 network. He also taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for almost 10 years. He has published a number of articles and books. Dr. Ortlund is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Second, a bit about the series. The Preaching the Word commentary series is “written by pastors for pastors, as well as for all who teach of study God’s word” (back cover). This series features volumes by pastors such as Ray Ortlund Jr., Kent Hughes, Phillip Ryken, Bryan Chapell, and the like. This series has received high praise from pastors and scholars such as D.A. Carson, Walter Kaiser Jr., Timothy George, and J.I. Packer. With distinctive accessibility, commitment biblical authority, and biblical exposition this series is easily one of the best of its kind for pastors, scholars, and lay people alike.
This volume on Proverbs is subtitled “Wisdom that works.” Ortlund recognizes that the book of Proverbs is not intended to be read as God piling upon us more and more demands in order to be like Him but rather that the book is intended to help us by giving “practical help” for “weak people like us stumbling through daily life. It is his counsel for the perplexed, his strength for the defeated, his warning to the proud, his mercy for the broken” (pg. 13). Ortlund does a masterful job writing this volume to help all who read it more easily understand and access God’s wisdom to us in the book of Proverbs and more importantly Ortlund shows the connection between Proverbs and the wisdom embodied in Jesus Christ. With easily laid out chapters, short in length, and accessible writing (this is not a technical commentary) Proverbs: Wisdom that Works is a commentary that I would suggest to anyone who desires to know God better through reading the book of Proverbs.
Quality rating: 5 stars
Recommended Reader: Everyone
Price: $19.05 (Amazon)