The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World

By Brett McCracken

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The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World

By Brett McCracken

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What is the true source of wisdom?

Today’s world has more and more information readily available, but less and less wisdom. Many people seek to acquire wisdom from easily accessible sources such as social media and popular culture but are often misled. How should Christians acquire wisdom in today’s media-saturated culture?

Inspired by the concept of the food pyramid, Brett McCracken presents a biblical paradigm for wisdom in today’s distracted age, illustrating his argument through a “wisdom pyramid.” McCracken suggests a balanced, healthy diet of information from sources ranked in order of importance—the Bible, the church, nature, books, beauty, and lastly, the Internet and social media. By focusing on lasting and reliable sources of wisdom and by being more discerning about the information they consume, Christians will become wiser—not for their own glorification, but ultimately for God’s. 


Author:

Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken is a senior editor for the Gospel Coalition and the author of Uncomfortable; Hipster Christianity; and Gray Matters. He lives with his wife in Southern California, where he serves as an elder at Southlands Church.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 192
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6959-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6959-3
ISBN-UPC: 9781433569593
Case Quantity: 10
Published: February 09, 2021

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Unwise Age

Part 1: Sources of Our Sickness
Chapter 1: Information Gluttony
Chapter 2: Perpetual Novelty
Chapter 3: “Look Within” Autonomy

Part 2: Sources of Our Wisdom
Introduction: Sources of Truth for a Life of Wisdom
Chapter 4: The Bible
Chapter 5: The Church
Chapter 6: Nature
Chapter 7: Books
Chapter 8: Beauty
Chapter 9: The Internet and Social Media
Chapter 10: What Wisdom Looks Like

Endorsements

“The foolishness of the world sometimes feels overwhelming. The Wisdom Pyramid lifts that fog away, revealing just how full God’s world is with goodness, truth, and beauty. By turning to these sources, in proper order, the wise will find folly fading into the background, and the world will look like—and be—a different place. Wisdom, as this book reminds us, is right there in front of us if only we will turn our eyes upon it.”
Karen Swallow Prior, author, On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

“One of the most important books I’ve read this year! What if you woke up to discover you’d been eating only Doritos and Oreos for a year? When it comes to our ‘information diet,’ The Wisdom Pyramid reveals most of us essentially have been consuming junk food—with an ensuing onslaught of personal and public health crises. McCracken is like a doctor who not only diagnoses the source of our cultural malady with precision but also prescribes the cure: a change in how we consume knowledge that can promote healthy wisdom and love of God.”
Joshua Ryan Butler, Pastor, Redemption Church, Tempe, Arizona; author, The Skeletons in God’s Closet and The Pursuing God

“Brett McCracken’s The Wisdom Pyramid models the discernment he asks readers to practice. Thoroughly biblical, it is also informed by a wide range of sources of truth, beauty, and goodness. From Augustine to Jacques Ellul, Reformed theology to pop music, historic Christian hymns to modern poetry, McCracken models how to wade through our daily deluge of input, form unhurried habits of attention, and grow into the patience and humility of godly wisdom. I imagine this book becoming essential reading for families, student groups, and churches.”
Jen Pollock Michel, author, Surprised by Paradox and Teach Us to Want

“It has been said that ‘we make our tools, and then our tools make us.’ Engaging a wide cross section of insightful analyses, Brett McCracken offers profound wisdom about how we have more information, less truth, and a shrinking capacity for identifying truth. Well-informed, vividly illustrated, and aimed toward solid answers, The Wisdom Pyramid is a must-read.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“The first time I discovered Brett McCracken’s wisdom pyramid diagram, I knew he was onto something. I used it the next Sunday. Lots of people talk about it. Why? Because Christians desperately need a balanced diet of information. This book is amazingly helpful at both diagnosing a problem in contemporary Christianity and offering a holistic solution. The Wisdom Pyramid is clarifying and convicting. It’s a must-read guidebook for discipleship in our information-saturated age.”
Mark Vroegop, Lead Pastor, College Park Church, Indianapolis; author, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy and Weep with Me

“In an age of perpetual distraction, hurried commentary, and shallow conclusions, we’re quickly losing our aptitude and appetite for wisdom. Brett McCracken’s book is a much needed antidote for the dangerous ethos of the day. A compelling call to reorder our lives and reorient our hearts and minds around the shape of biblical wisdom—loving, listening, and looking to God—The Wisdom Pyramid is essential reading for anyone who longs for a more meaningful journey of faith.”
Jay Y. Kim, Lead Pastor of Teaching, WestGate Church, San Jose, California; author, Analog Church

“The digital revolution has transformed—not tweaked—the fabric of daily life. Never has it been easier to gain attention, or discover entertainment, or obtain knowledge. No wonder we’re addicted. But Google is a pitiful substitute for wisdom. Indeed, if we’re not careful, life online will make us aware of everything and wise about nothing. That’s why I’m so excited for Brett McCracken’s antidote to the inverted priorities of our age. If you live on an island without WiFi, pick a different book. Otherwise, The Wisdom Pyramid is for you. Few things reinvigorate the soul, after all, like exchanging the stultifying air of a Twitter timeline for the fresh sea breeze of an excellent book. And this is an excellent book.”
Matt Smethurst, Managing Editor, The Gospel Coalition; author, Deacons and Before You Open Your Bible

“It is genuinely disturbing to consider how we are being shaped by our current forms of information intake. Brett McCracken’s The Wisdom Pyramid is a godsend—a pathway back to sanity and health. I believe that the proposal offered in The Wisdom Pyramid is as important for our mental and spiritual health in the modern world as a proper diet is to our physical health. On top of that, this book is beautifully written, winsome, actionable, and hopeful. Buy a copy for yourself and lots more to give away!”
Gavin Ortlund, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Ojai; author, Finding the Right Hills to Die On

“As a mother, I want my four children to develop the habits they need for a life of wisdom. They are quickly growing up into adults who will have to navigate for themselves the constant clicks and pings of life in our global, digital, information age. And so, I want their childhoods and teenage years—and our family life as a whole—to be intentionally formed by things that are both true and lovely. Although it’s not specifically a parenting book, The Wisdom Pyramid is a gift to parents, giving readers the essential tools to establish habits and priorities for a life of wisdom. This is a helpful book, and it’s also a hopeful book. It’s helpful because Brett McCracken writes biblically and insightfully on every page. It’s hopeful because it ultimately reveals the wise life to be the very good life.”
Megan Hill, author, Praying Together and A Place to Belong; Editor, The Gospel Coalition

“In an age of post-truth and information overload where Christians are constantly persuaded by AI algorithms and anecdotal absolutes, Brett McCracken winsomely pushes us past verified checkmarks and Facebook fact-checkers to bring us to the God who sits over wisdom and truth.”
Thomas J. Terry, Director, Humble Beast; member, Beautiful Eulogy; Lead Pastor, Trinity Church of Portland