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Proverbs: Stories of Wisdom and Folly

By David Murray

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Proverbs: Stories of Wisdom and Folly

By David Murray

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A Daily Devotional through the Book of Proverbs from the StoryChanger Devotional Series

If you want to change your story, you need to know God’s story. This devotional, part of the StoryChanger Devotional series, is a friendly, practical guide to understanding the book of Proverbs and how it shapes your story. 

Proverbs: Stories of Wisdom and Folly includes 50 devotionals written by David Murray, author of The StoryChanger. This series features daily readings designed to help you learn, love, and live according to the whole Bible. Murray walks you through a broad range of texts throughout the book of Proverbs, offering thoughtful comments on the book’s message, reflection questions, and a personal daily prayer. This devotional can help reorient your mind and transform your life with God’s better story.

  • 50 Daily God-Centered Devotionals: Each day includes an explanation of that day’s reading, reflection questions, and a personal prayer  
  • Great for Families, Individuals, or Small Groups: Accessible for non-Christians and new Christians, this devotional helps readers learn how to effectively share God’s story
  • Part of the StoryChanger Devotional Series: Inspired by Murray’s book The StoryChanger; other volumes include Luke: Stories of Mission and Mercy; Exodus: Stories of Redemption and Relationship; and Philippians and Colossians: Stories of Joy and Identity

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David Murray

David Murray (PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) has pastored four churches in Scotland and the USA. He is also a counselor, a regular speaker at conferences, and the author of several books, including Reset and Exploring the Bible. David has taught Old Testament, counseling, and pastoral theology at various seminaries.

Product Details

Category: Bible Studies & Devotionals
Christian Living
Marriage & Family
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 11.14 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8101-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8101-4
ISBN-UPC: 9781433581014
Case Quantity: 52
Published: July 11, 2023

Table of Contents

Introduction to the StoryChanger Devotionals
Introduction to Proverbs: Stories of Wisdom and Folly

1. Too Much Information (Proverbs 1:1–3)
2. Open Enrollment at Wisdom University (Proverbs 1:4–7)
3. Peers versus Parents (Proverbs 1:8–19)
4. Who Will Have the Last Laugh? (Proverbs 1:20–33)
5. Is Christianity Worth It? (Proverbs 2)
6. The Devil’s Favorite Question (Proverbs 3:1–10)
7. Fight, Faint, or Faith? (Proverbs 3:11–12)
8. Christian Hedonism (Proverbs 3:13–18)
9. Social Justice (Proverbs 3:19–35)
10. Spiritual Health Checkup (Proverbs 4)
11. The Costs and Cure of Immorality (Proverbs 5)
12. Professor Ant (Proverbs 6:6–11)
13. How to Be a Better Hater (Proverbs 6:16–19)
14. The World versus the Word (Proverbs 7:5–27)
15. Quadruple Joy (Proverbs 8)
16. RSVP (Proverbs 9:1–6)
17. Leaving a Legacy That Lasts (Proverbs 10:1–16)
18. Work That Pleases God (Proverbs 11:1)
19. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World (Proverbs 11:22)
20. The Greatest Winner (Proverbs 11:30)
21. Mercy Makes the Messed-Up Merciful (Proverbs 12:10)
22. The Rich Poor and the Poor Rich (Proverbs 13:7)
23. How to Hate Your Kids (Proverbs 13:24)
24. Navigation Class (Proverbs 14:12)
25. Backsliding Class (Proverbs 14:14)
26. Health Class (Proverbs 14:30)
27. Two Eyes for Our Two Tongues (Proverbs 15:1–7)
28. God Is a Great Hater and a Great Lover (Proverbs 15:8–9)
29. Diet Class (Proverbs 15:14–17)
30. Perilous Pride and Healthy Humility (Proverbs 16:18)
31. The Greatest Power (Proverbs 16:32)
32. God’s Beautiful Crucible (Proverbs 17:3)
33. Should I Say Something? (Proverbs 17:9–10)
34. Something Worse Than an Angry Bear (Proverbs 17:12)
35. A Strong Name (Proverbs 18:10–11)
36. The Judge Judges the Judges (Proverbs 18:13–17)
37. The Benefits of Poverty (Proverbs 19:1, 4, 6–7, 17)
38. Get Rick Quick? (Proverbs 20:21)
39. Use Your Power to Defeat Abuse of Power (Proverbs 21:1)
40. I Can’t Find a Wife (Proverbs 21:9,19)
41. Perfect Parents (Proverbs 22:6)
42. Addiction Alert (Proverbs 23:29–35)
43. Two Different Falls (Proverbs 24:16–20)
44. Small Steps to a Colossal Catastrophe (Proverbs 24:30–34)
45. Happy Songs and Sad People (Proverbs 25:20)
46. How to Make Yourself Sick (Proverbs 25:27)
47. “The Bible Is Full of Contradictions” (Proverbs 26:4–5)
48. Knives Can Be Safer Than Lips (Proverbs 27:6)
49. Confess or Cover? (Proverbs 28:13)
50. A Good Wife from a Good God (Proverbs 31:10–31)


“We are created for stories. We read stories, tell stories, watch stories, and live in stories. Yet we instinctively know and long for our stories to fit into something bigger, more meaningful, and more comprehensive. As we read Scripture, we can see how that longing might be fulfilled, but we don’t always know how to connect our own stories to the great story of redemption that culminates with Christ. This is why I’m so thankful for David Murray’s StoryChanger series. These short devotionals are wonderful guides for connecting our stories with God’s larger story and helping us call others into God’s great story. I gladly recommend their use in personal, family, and group prayer and devotional settings.”
Chris Bruno, President, Oahu Theological Seminary; Global Partner, Training Leaders International

“David Murray’s StoryChanger Devotional series is exactly what Christians are craving right now. These daily devotionals are accessible both in their content and brevity. In just a few minutes each day, readers will find comfort in the truth of the gospel and challenges in following the way of Jesus. Just because the devotionals are short doesn’t mean that they won’t pack a life-changing punch. This series will introduce you to the Bible in the ways that you want and provoke you in the ways that you need.”
Adam Griffin, Lead Pastor, Eastside Community Church, Dallas, Texas; Host, The Family Discipleship Podcast; coauthor, Family Discipleship

“What I appreciate most about the StoryChanger Devotional series is how accessible it is to a wide range of ages. Whether you read these books alone or with others, you’ll find them to be practical, easy to follow, and helpful for applying the truths of Scripture to your everyday life. My family enjoys using the StoryChanger Devotionals for our Bible reading and discussion time. The readings prompt encouraging discussions about Scripture around our dinner table each night.”
Glenna Marshall, author, The Promise Is His Presence; Everyday Faithfulness; and Memorizing Scripture 

“We live in a world that takes pride in technological progress. And yet here we are, still a people shaped by stories—our own, those presented to us by the world, and those handed down to us by history. In the StoryChanger Devotional series David Murray has crafted brief, engaging, and accessible devotions based on the biblical text. Each volume will help us understand God’s story, make sense of the world around us and, along the way, discover the transformation we need in our personal story. Slow down a while, open your Bible, and let these books prompt your ponderings about God’s story and yours.”
Peter Mead, Pastor, Trinity Chippenham, United Kingdom; Director, Cor Deo; blogger, BiblicalPreaching.net

“If you are looking for biblically based devotional books that are surprisingly accessible to any level of Christian maturity, you have picked the right series. The StoryChanger Devotional series is uniquely useful because David Murray wrote it. He has a special writing gift that demonstrates his skill as an expositor and his shepherding intuition as a pastor. That gift is wonderfully present in every volume, and I commend this whole series to pastors to buy in bulk and distribute to your entire congregation to study together.”
Brian Croft, Executive Director, Practical Shepherding