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A Father's Gift: Lessons From Proverbs (Wingate)

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In his book, A Father’s Gift, Ken Wingate shows why many young parents today are beside themselves with anxieties about their children, and, sadly, confusion too about how to nurture them. The ongoing addiction of our times to the heresy of modernity and its proud rejection- and ignorance- of the tested and tried wisdom of the past, inevitably leads to dysfunction in home and family life. Sadly, the older, wiser counsel of God’s Word, and especially of the book of Proverbs, is unknown or neglected. Yet Proverbs was composed specifically as a manual for home a family instruction, and to prepare us for life in the world. It is a divinely given handbook to help parents.

Proverbs–and Ken Wingate following it–shows us the way to possess the jewel of all jewels in a well-adorned life: wisdom that is rooted in the knowledge of, and reverential love for, God. Here is true wisdom that will prove to be worth its weight in gold in every age and culture. Ken Wingate now brings it into our needy culture, and I for one am grateful to him for sharing his gift as a father with other fathers–and mothers, and sons and daughters too.

Here then is a book for parents to read on their own; for teenagers to read on their own; for parents and teenagers, who are willing to take the family challenge, to read round the table after dinner or on other occasions. It points us to God’s way. It promises us God’s grace. What could be better for us than that?

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Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Author's Preface

1. Abundant Life: Introduction to Proverbs
2. Wealth
3. Friends and Neighbours
4. Words
5. Sexual Purity
6. Work
7. Self-Control
8. Guidance
9. Pride
10. Health
11. Kindness and Mercy
12. Justice and Equity
13. Authority and Leadership
14. Husband and Father
15. Wife and Mother
16. Wickedness and Evil
17. The Future
18. The Lord
19. The End of the Path
Appendix 1: Key Principles for Abundant Living
Appendix 2: Proverbs by Subject



Kenneth B. Wingate is a lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a member of the historic First Presbyterian Church (Associate Reformed Presbyterian), where he is an elder and Bible teacher.