About the book:
In a land and time far from our own, there was an enchanted kingdom ruled by a benevolent and much-loved king. He had led his people through times of uncertainty and turmoil into a golden age of prosperity and peace.
Now nearing the end of his storied reign, the king longs to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. He considers soaring monuments, precious coins bearing his likeness, larger-than-life statues. But then the king's most trusted advisor steps forth with a remarkable idea: To discover the wisdom of the ages, the greatest secret of the known world to benefit the entire human race.
So the king invites citizens from all walks of life and all corners of the realm to share with him the best of their life lessons. Yet as the king encounters a wealth of wisdom from his subjects, he faces a new dilemma, just how to determine the single greatest truth in life. Little does he know that the profound answer will come from the most unexpected and unassuming of places.
A little book that packs a powerful punch.
In a land far away, a good and well-loved king had led his people through times of uncertainty and turmoil into a golden age of prosperity and peace. As his reign was now ending, the king desired to leave some kind of legacy for his people and future generations. He considers a monument or some kind of coin. But, wishing for more, he turns to his trusted advisers and one suggests that the king discover the wisdom of the ages. He can then leave the greatest secret, the best wisdom to his people. The king, unable to determine on his own what that wisdom is, invites the citizens of his kingdom to share their wisdom and life lessons. The king is hopeful that once the people have spoken, he will know what the greatest wisdom is.
Once the king decides to hear from the people, each chapter is the wisdom of those people: the Healer, the Teacher, the Parent, the Soldier, the Farmer, and more. Each person shares a life lesson and the king is touched by each one. As time progresses and he hears from the people, he finds it difficult to settle on one particular piece of wisdom. Many principles, while familiar, were still quite profound: I found myself underlining passages and sharing them with my husband, who is now reading the book.
The greatest wisdom finally comes to the king from a delightful and unexpected source. The book is short and doesn't take long to read. It would be a fabulous book to read aloud with your family, as it could provoke some good discussions and teaching moments.
Thanks to First Wild Card and David C Cook for the opportunity to review this. You can read the first chapter here. You can find out more about Jim Stovall here. You can purchase this terrific book for your own library here.
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