Here’s a treasure trove of wisdom from yesteryear. Written be William Penn and given as “Proverbs, Wisdom, and Principles For Better Living.” Yes, that is the William Penn of Pennsylvania fame. It’s not a book about solitude, but the wisdom he came up within periods of solitude. Perhaps we need more solitude if we could have as much insight as he did.
The book is set up in categories like pride, luxury, frugality or bounty, right marriage, and many more. Yes, as you would expect, a category on friendship is included. This book can be taken in large or small chunks. I read several of these statements to my family and they spurred some good discussions. I would find my wife Alicia picking it up and reading it as well. Guess which one she found and loved the most? “Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants: yet not without sweetness.” Strangely, that’s the very same one the publishers found best to put on the back cover. She and I both felt this book had good things to say to families. Our children need these forgotten truths.
Older words are used at times and that may turn off some, but you can pretty easily understand the statements. Plus it has that classic look and feel to it.
As I read it I so wished the people with influence in our country still viewed the world as Mr. Penn did. I say let’s bring back this type of common sense.
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