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Wise Words by Peter J. Leithart
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Nov 15, 09

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Read in November, 2009

I have the third edition with the new cover. The book is a wonderful collection of short fairy tales for children based out of the book of Proverbs. As a matter of whimsy, I enjoyed that each story ended like Aesop's Fables with a moral that was a verse out of Proverbs. But the stories are often full of profound insight beyond the key Proverb being illustrated. There is always a Christ-figure in each story, many of which are very clever. Some, like "The Monster's House" actually subvert the fairy tale structure to great effect, and if you know your Bible there are many other passages that they stories illuminate.
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