Book review - A Better Way to Live

A Better Way to Live – 52 Studies in Proverbs and Psalms

Graham Hooper works in the infrastructure business in a job that entails extended periods in Mauritius, the UK, Papua New Guinea, Arab countries and Australia. He has a deep love for the Old Testament books and regularly writes on how the Christian faith connects with day-to-day life.

In his Introduction to A Better Way To Live he describes his constant travelling companion, an ‘old, beaten-up paperback copy of the New Testament, with the Old Testament books of Proverbs and Psalms bound in at the back.’

This books is rarely far from his side. The Proverbs and Psalms are filled with God’s wisdom and guidance for us in maintaining our relationship with God, and despite their being 2500 years old, they continue to inspire and teach and encourage us in 2017.

The book comprises 52 chapters, each discussing a short passage from one of these great books. Chapters are incorporated into sections with headings such as Right Choices, Wisdom and Relationships, A Blessed Life, Understanding, Worship, Prayer and the Life of Faith. At the end of each chapter are some points for reflection and prayer.

The writing style is accessible, rigorous without being ploddy, insightful and benefits greatly from the inclusion of examples of how God has touched his own life. It would suit both clergy and lay folk. This book would make an ideal quiet time companion or a thoughtful gift for a friend.

Review by Sheelagh Wegman


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A Better Way to Live - 52 Studies in Proverbs and Psalms by Graham Hooper. Acorn Press Melbourne 2016