Go online and you can read about Pass It On. The website for New Growth Press lists October 30 as the release date. The blurb on Amazon.com says, "Pass It On guides users through the book of Proverbs and allows them to create their own, personalized wisdom journal that they can share with someone they love."
But here are four facts about the book you won't find anywhere else online.
1. Pass It On has been in print since 2014.
When I completed a first rough draft in the summer of 2014, I wanted some friends to read it and give me their feedback. So to make it easier to use, I had a few copies privately self-published, using a print-on-demand website. After gathering input and re-writing the book, I printed a few more copies for a second round. These original copies are not available to the public, and despite being quite rare, are valued only by my parents.
2. Pass It On was not the original title.
At first it was entitled, Words of Wisdom: Proverbs for the Next Generation. But it seemed a bit arrogant to write a book and call it "Words of Wisdom." So, after considering Wise Beyond Your Years as an option, the second version was called, A Legacy of Wisdom. Thankfully, the team at New Growth Press suggested its current title: Pass It On.
3. Bruce Waltke's translation of Proverbs was our second choice (kinda).
In initial drafts, we had planned to include a more widely used translation of the Bible for the text of Proverbs. Options were the English Standard Version, New International Version, and the New Living Translation. But then the thought struck—why not ask for permission to use the translation by Bruce Waltke, which is featured in his two-volume commentary on Proverbs? Emails were sent, and permission was granted. Waltke's amazing translation was a "second choice" in sequence only!
4. Many kids will have read part of this book before their parents.
A mini-preview of part of this book has already appeared, using different words, in The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith (2016). In The Radical Book for Kids, careful readers of the chapter, "The Secret to Growing Up," will notice similarities, in miniature, to the more expansive "Bird's Eye View of Proverbs" in Pass It On.
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