This summer I’ve been reading Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks, and Other Gems from Proverbs as my daily devotional. I love how the book of Proverbs directs, reminds, guides, and convicts my daily spiritual life, and Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks is the perfect companion to this section of God’s word…concise yet chock-full of applicable wisdom.
We’ve had a busy couple months, and one of the great things about Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks is the layout. There are 8 sections: Husband and Wife; Mom, Dad, and the Kids; Accepting God’s Will; Discipline; Responsibility; Wisdom in Relationships; Spiritual Living; and Community. Within these 8 sections are 10-15 essays based on a verse or verses from Proverbs.
Warren uses real-life examples, situations, and anecdotes to explain and connect the verses to present day. Like Proverbs, I was able to read Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks a little bit each day, taking in each spiritual snippet and its accomplanying verse(s), connecting God’s word to my heart and daily life.
One of the most powerful essays is “Stingrays,” from the Discipline section. It’s based on Proverbs 4:23…“Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Warren writes with truth and clarity about sin and the danger it poses when we allow it into our lives and hearts, like a barbed stingray tail. Using the late Steve Irwin as an example - the “Crocodile Hunter” who was killed by a stingray strike to the heart - Warren paints a vivid picture of the deadly, pointed nature of sin.
“When we get too close to sin, we expose more than a foot or a leg to the poison barbs. We expose our hearts” (89).
Another essay that spoke to me was “Trusting Our Cage,” under the section Accepting God’s Will. Warren recalls a humorous story about pet hamsters and their determination to escape from their comfortable – but confining – cages. I laughed as he described his family’s escape artist rodent and its desperate antics to get outside its cage.
“Trusting Our Cage” is based off Proverbs 3:5, and Warren convincingly explains that God’s word and His will may seem like a cage at times, but they’re intended to keep us safe spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks is an engaging, applicable devotional that I highly recommend. Warren’s writing is clear, conversational, and down-to-earth - almost like he’s talking directly to me. I greatly appreciate his heart for the Lord and his skill at teaching God’s word through his writing.
I plan to use this book as a devotional study for our boys in a few years; until then I have Roaring Lion, Cracking Rocks on my “quick to grab” bookshelf as a reference for Proverbs. You should grab a copy for yourself, too!
Here’s a little more about the book:
“For over two thousand years the book of Proverbs has provided wise counsel and spiritual direction for God’s people. The short, rapid style and the piercing truths of Proverbs penetrate the readers’ hearts, challenging them to align their lives with the wisdom they proclaim.
Roaring Lion, Cracking Rocks and Other Gems from Proverbs brings the ancient proverbs into contemporary focus by applying their truths to modern situations. Marriage, parenting, friendship, work, money, and other topics are brought under the scrutiny of this ancient wisdom. Each chapter in Roaring Lions is a short essay on a specific proverb that makes God’s word to you come alive with fresh relevance.”
Warren Baldwin lives in Ulysses, KS with his wife Cheryl. They have three children: Wes, Jenny and Kristin. Warren attended Freed-Hardeman University, Harding Graduate School, and Abilene Christian University. He and Cheryl have ministered with churches in Florida, Wyoming and Kansas. The Baldwins enjoy sports, Bible camps and traveling.
You can check out Warren’s wonderful blog and order a copy of his book at http://warrenbaldwin.blogspot.com/