Kaleidoscope: Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light

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Acclaimed author and Women of Faith speaker Patsy Clairmont causes womens' hearts to leap and their hopes to lift in this quirky, straight-to-the point look at the Proverbs.

Understanding the Christian life and the Bible can be a daunting task. But maybe God didn't mean it to be so hard. In Kaleidoscope of Proverbs, Patsy Clairmontpieces together some powerful messages from God and reveals new facets of beauty, inspiration, and instruction. Written for busy women, Patsyoffers ...

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Overview

Acclaimed author and Women of Faith speaker Patsy Clairmont causes womens' hearts to leap and their hopes to lift in this quirky, straight-to-the point look at the Proverbs.

Understanding the Christian life and the Bible can be a daunting task. But maybe God didn't mean it to be so hard. In Kaleidoscope of Proverbs, Patsy Clairmontpieces together some powerful messages from God and reveals new facets of beauty, inspiration, and instruction. Written for busy women, Patsyoffers brief,powerful chapters that address the key aspects of their lives, hearts, and relationships.

In the Proverbs, God gives ussmallgemsof hope and truth, and in Kaleidoscope of Proverbs, Patsy Clairmont unveils them for readers with her trademark humor and insightful teaching.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780849921841
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 726,963
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

An original Women of Faith® speaker, Patsy Clairmont combinesquick wit and depth of biblical knowledge in a powerful pint-size package. A recovering agoraphobic with a pronounced funny bone, Patsy speaks to women from all walks of life. Patsy and her husband, Les, live in Tennessee.

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Kaleidoscope

Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light
By PATSY CLAIRMONT

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2009 Patsy Clairmont
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4002-0270-6


Chapter One

The Tube of Mirrors

The other day I stepped into a whimsical toy store ... alone. Yes, I confess I'm just a kid disguised as an ancient artifact. I use the excuse that I'm a nana to peruse the playful offerings, when really I'm fascinated by the cleverness of so many of the designs. Who thinks these things up?

For instance, I saw a paunchy mouse. When you cranked its curly tail, it spit plastic cheese. Now, please, who wouldn't want one of those? Or what about the sinister talking dinosaur who threatened to eat your mother? Excuse me? Obviously the creator hadn't worked through his issues! Or my favorite, the calico cat that purred lullabies over her babies. Aw.

I started down an aisle, when my attention was drawn to a girl who looked to be about seven years old, standing near a display of puffy, pink kangaroos. She had just unearthed from a basket of action figures a kaleidoscope. It was a small one without much outer appeal, but she evidently was experienced with kaleidoscopes and seemed excited to investigate the surprise within it. First, she surveyed the cylinder from both ends; then she shook it; finally she pulled it up to her face as she turned toward the light. Her little facescrunched up in absolute focus as she rotated the tumbler and drank in the sights.

When she finished her visual tour, she set aside the kaleidoscope, which is when I inched my way toward it. I don't know if you're like this, but if someone sees something I can't see, I'm willing to pay extra for the view. Subtle as a semi in my attempt to reach the cardboard tube, I stumbled over a wagon full of iridescent sea lions. I'm grateful that the girl's attention was pinned to a bin of rubber lizards and light-up snakes, which gave me the opportunity to casually pick up the petite kaleidoscope and have a look-see for myself. And no, I didn't have to scrunch up my face to focus; mine came that way.

What is there about a kaleidoscope that tilts our world? I mean, who knew that a simple tube of mirrors filled with beads or pebbles that catch light and make geometric designs could captivate so many for so long? And yet they have. If you're like most of the population, you find it hard to pass one by on a store shelf without at least, like me, taking a quick peek. Probably because we know that, with one spin of the tumbler, we will see dynamic patterns transform again and again, creating our own art gallery that we help design by our touch. I'm sure our involvement is part of the draw, knowing that with each additional turn the view is new and mesmerizing, like a rainbow refracted in ocean waves lapping across white sands.

Every child delights in a visual roll through the world of wonder, but the enjoyment doesn't stop in childhood. I'm proof. I remain fascinated with the explosive color show twirling about inside a cylinder that offers me a private viewing of my own hand-held universe. It is no wonder to me that we adults meticulously design, fervently collect, artistically display, and passionately sell kaleidoscopes of all intricacies and sizes.

In fact, the largest one is circling in space over us at this very moment: the Hubble "kaleidoscope" captures the panoramic patterns of the heavens and tumbles them back to Earth. Through it we can explore the cascading bits and pieces of the universe via its eye and witness the most dangerous, spectacular, and mysterious depths of the cosmos.

The most expensive "earthly" kaleidoscope recorded was sold in 1987 by London's auction house, Sotheby's, for $75,000. (My husband and I bought our first home for only $21,000.) It is a brass cylinder mounted on a tripod and inscribed with these lines:

Who could from thy outward case, half thy hidden beauties trace? Who from such exterior show, guess the gems within that glow! Emblem of the mind divine, cased within its mortal shrine.

The word kaleidoscope means "beautiful shapes to look at and examine." I think my favorite feature of kaleidoscopes, though, regardless of their beauty or collectibility, is their eclectic potential. Probably because, quite honestly, I'm an eclectic person. I dress as though I have tumbled out of a color wheel; I decorate my home in mixes of styles and hues; I like to cook without rhyme or reason. (My hubby refers to me and my in-kitchen escapades as "she who experiments.") My propensity for such diversity probably explains why I'm drawn to not only the fragmented somersaults within a kaleidoscope but also to the varied flurry of the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs is like a four-mirrored kaleidoscope that gives a parade of images. On first glance, this book appears to be an unorganized shopping list for a myriad of professions: parents, counselors, teachers, singles, wives-why, there is even a list of verses cautioning one from becoming a full-time, card-carrying fool. But in truth the parade of topics helps us see reflections of divine yet practical insights for daily living, regardless of profession.

What I personally find helpful when I twirl the proverbial cylinder are the verses on "mouth" that I often need to roll around in my head before my words spill out all over someone. For instance ...

There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health. (Proverbs 12:18)

Ouch! Are your words cutting-edge? When you slice through to the bottom line of an issue, is it at the expense of someone's feelings? I know I'm guilty. I'm thankful that, in this comparison, we are reminded that we have a choice, that our words can have life-giving potential.

Recently, a new friend on my Facebook page dropped me a note. In it she shared that she was a teacher and a cancer patient. As an educator, she had successfully used word boards in her classroom to teach a subject, so after her diagnosis she decided to start a word board for herself. This one would hang on the wall at the foot of her bed and be filled with words that nurtured and encouraged. On awakening, she would see those uplifting words.

I loved her idea and then had one of my own. I put out a request to my Facebook friends to send a word that they felt would add light and life to her project. It would be our way of helping to jump-start her get-well card for herself. A couple hundred women did just that. Life-giving words that promoted health poured in: held, grace, wings, overcomer, belonging, chocolate, balm, hallelujah, safe, release, nurtured, refuge, and steadfast were among the sweet words offered.

When, as a young adult, I first cried out to Christ to rescue and forgive me, I soon after recognized my need to study the words in the Bible. Life-giving words tumbled out: peace, prayer, power, and provision, among others. I was a desperate woman with a tumblerful of brokenness and not enough light to know what to do with it. So I did a lot of word studies in the light-bearing Scriptures during those emotionally spinning years as I searched for steadying answers. Initially my study style was splintered at best, but because of God's heart for His seeking children, He helped this wobbly lamb find pasture in His stabilizing Word.

It took me years of grazing to realize God's Word was its own commentary. The more I read and studied, the more I saw how one portion (bit) of Scripture was defining other portions (pieces). I found that exciting. That isn't to say I'm not aware of the benefits of researching what others have learned through their lifetimes of education and efforts in biblical studies. I'm a fan of Spurgeon, Chambers, moody, et al.

One of the things I found so appealing about Proverbs was how direct it was. I didn't have to struggle to get it. Proverbs is an in-your-face kind of book. No easing you into truth, but bottom line, there it is-truth in its barest form:

He who hates correction is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1b)

See what I mean? No easy way to hide from that tumble with truth. Or how about ...

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool. (Proverbs 28:26a)

Nope, I don't need to search through commentaries, wondering what those verses are trying to say. One twirl of the Proverbs cylinder and I get the gist.

I've struggled most of my life with a fragile emotional makeup. I identify with all those broken bits getting tossed around inside of kaleidoscopes. The inner repairs on the bits and pieces in my life have been ongoing, and I imagine that will continue until I dispose of this clunky earth suit and step through the veil. I'm almost certain my new suit will be svelte and won't jiggle when I walk. Until then I continue to search God's Word and hide it in my heart.

I'm not a Bible scholar; I don't know Greek or Hebrew. In fact, sometimes I make up words that don't even exist-you'll note that from time to time as you read. And don't squeal on me, but I can even forget to read my daily devotional. Yet here is what I know for sure: my heart has been changed through the straightforward counsel of Proverbs. And that is what these kaleidoscopic readings are about.

If you would like to join another lamb in search of good pasture, please come graze with me on the hillside of His love.

I hope you find the joy of these colorful verses with their direct wisdom, clear understanding, and their snappy offering of divine instruction. I will approach them in a hither-and-yon way, rather than numerically, staying with the kaleidoscopic design of spin and view. The questions at the end of each chapter, in the "Bits and Pieces" sections, are meant to help you personalize each chapter's opening proverb for yourself or within a group. The verses that follow, in the "Held to the Light" sections, support the chapter's topic, and when read in conjunction with the devotional thoughts, can add additional dynamics.

I pray that Christ will give you a heart full of wisdom to face the choices that come at you daily. Life is textured. May we be sturdy people, up to the task of living with joyful integrity.

So together let's survey some verses from both ends, give them a shake, and pull them up to our faces as we turn toward the light. Then we'll scrunch up our focus and drink in the sight. Whether you choose to spin the Proverbs tumbler alone or with a kaleidoscope of friends who gather together to capture patterns of God's ways for their lives, the result will be spectacular art!

Chapter Two

Weighty Matters

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. -PROVERBS 27:1

The day had come for me to address the weight I had added on after an indulgent year of culinary delights-the Dairy Queen, to be specific. It might have been the way the scale groaned when I stepped on it that alerted me, or the mocking numbers that shuffled up to the arrow and spelled out "tractor-trailer," but this was the day. My goal: lose twenty pounds.

I thrust myself into a new regimen. Exercise began early in the day on my treadmill, followed by a fruit smoothie for breakfast and enough water to moisten the Sahara. Lunch was a sawdust disk using the alias of rice cake. I smeared it with peanut butter and decked it with wafer-thin banana slices. Dinner was mostly fresh veggies, with a snack of no-salt, baked chips to close out the day. The number of chips consumed: six. Not seven, but six. Woo-hoo!

After a week and a half of this punishment, resulting in a two-pound weight loss, I was ready to tell other people what they ought to do to lose weight. No kidding. I was thinking, exercise video, diet books, movie contract ... Give me a hint of success, a dab behind one ear, and I puff up like a member of the Tetraodontidae.

Who are they, you ask? (Please ask.) They are a family of fish that includes my personal favorite, the puffer fish.

You probably have seen this fish swim by on the National Geographic channel. He's a medium-sized fish that, in the presence of a threat, puffs up to make others think he's bigger than he is. A strategic intimidation? A scaredy-cat maneuver that gives him time to get away? A quick weight-gain scheme so his predators can't gobble him up? Or one more example in nature that reveals truth? or perhaps all of the above?

We all have puffer tendencies. Oh, it might be for different reasons-hoity-toity about our kids; heady over grand children; snobby over a job promotion; snooty over a new home; haughty over a fully loaded, hot-shot vehicle; inflated over weight loss ...

For me, my weight-loss puffer-moment didn't last long because I hadn't counted on what a day would bring. I mean, how could I have known that at a Women of Faith event Marilyn Meberg would announce from stage that she loved lemon meringue pie? And then that a generous attendee would buy said pie and have it sent to the green room? And how could I have predicted it would arrive at the lunch table just as I had completed a dry salad complemented by stale croutons?

There it sat, like a work of art, smack-dab in front of me. Mile-high, shiny meringue piled into peaks and lightly browned, settled over yellow, almost transparent, lemon filling that hugged the edges of a flaky crust. Then Marilyn, generous person that she is, announced, "Would anyone like some?"

To say I flung myself face-first into this sea of delight would be an overstatement. Almost. People stared as I quickly coaxed an enormous piece out of the pan and onto my plate.

Halfway through this extravagant encounter, a young man nearby inquired if it was good.

I replied with downcast eyes, "Don't bother; it's not worth the calories." I peeked up and noticed his eyebrows suspiciously arched into his knit cap. Minutes passed, and the invasive fellow pointed out that for someone who was unimpressed with the offering, I had done everything but lick the platter. Harrumph.

That pie incident slung open the swinging doors of my appetite, and over the next four weeks, I ate wildly. I not only found the two pounds I had lost, but I also gained three more.

Do not boast ...

Seems simple enough. Three little words. They aren't even big words until you try to live them. Do we not understand? oh, we might not like the parental tone of it, but we aren't confused by "don't do it!" So it must be the boast that trips us.

Boast: to speak with excessive pride, to brag, to crow, to swagger, to gloat, to exaggerate.

Boasting is interesting because we can detect it in a hot minute in another person, and I can safely say, it's usually off-putting unless, of course, you have two puffer fish attempting to outpuff each other. Then it's downright nauseating. Yet that same quality isn't as easy to pinpoint in our own behavior. It tends to dive down into our ego to gloat.

Of course, we live in a time when swagger and gloat are lauded. One week on American Idol, Simon Cowell announced to one of the young contestants that he should be "done with humility." Cowell's statement suggested that an inflated ego would make the guy better star material. Hmm.

The theory that only the swagger-filled confident people succeed seems rampant in our society. It's a puffer-fish theology of "fake it until you make it." But here's the problem: We don't have a clue about what tomorrow might bring. Tomorrow is already full, but we didn't pack it.

It reminds me of a trip my hubby and I took years ago. actually, Les was a stunned participant on this particular adventure. I kidnapped him from his job, and I had packed a suitcase for him that awaited in the car's trunk. Everything in his luggage was new and unknown to him; so when we arrived at our destination, he was surprised by the case's contents. He couldn't have guessed beyond a general theme what was inside. The details were revealed upon the arrival.

The same is true for us. We don't know until a day is unpacked how it will look. None of us could have foreseen the tragedy of 9/11, or that a fierce storm could hit our rich country and that we would not immediately be there for the victims, or that our investments would be wiped out, or that banks would close, or that young people across our land would riddle their classmates with revenge. Who knew? Not us.

Only puffer fish can exaggerate their size without consequences. The rest of us need to take heed, as The Message Bible states, "Don't brashly announce what you're going to do tomorrow; you don't know the first thing about tomorrow" (Proverbs 27:1).

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Kaleidoscope by PATSY CLAIRMONT Copyright © 2009 by Patsy Clairmont. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1: The Tube of Mirrors....................1
Chapter 2: Weighty Matters....................9
Chapter 3: Custom Fit....................15
Chapter 4: Heavy Lifting....................21
Chapter 5: Babbling....................27
Chapter 6: Barnyard Wisdom....................35
Chapter 7: Cutting Edge....................41
Chapter 8: It's a Mad, Mad World....................45
Chapter 9: Words du Jour....................51
Chapter 10: Expiration Dates....................55
Chapter 11: Tower of Strength....................61
Chapter 12: Get Smart....................67
Chapter 13: An Encounter with Ruby....................73
Chapter 14: Dem Bones, Dem Bones....................79
Chapter 15: Simple Acts of Kindness....................85
Chapter 16: Fading Flowers....................91
Chapter 17: Tools of the Trade....................95
Chapter 18: A Picture vs. A Thousand Words....................101
Chapter 19: Stretch Marks....................107
Chapter 20: Anxiety Alert....................113
Chapter 21: Loose Lips....................119
Chapter 22: Looking Up....................125
Chapter 23: Buggy....................131
Chapter 24: Sewing Kit for the Heart....................137
Chapter 25: Trapped....................143
Chapter 26: Lost ... and Found....................149
Chapter 27: In the Beginning....................155
Chapter 28: Oh, Happy Day....................161
Chapter 29: It's the Nomad Life forMe....................167
Chapter 30: Something Fishy....................173
Chapter 31: A Window with a View....................179
Chapter 32: Breath of Life....................185
Chapter 33: Kaleidoscope Wonders....................191
About the Author....................197
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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    Patsy deciphers Proverbs! A great book for a group study!

    Patsy, as always, translates the bible for us and helps us apply it to today's world. She is funny, witty and charming, and her books always touch my heart. I picked this book to use for our group bible study. Because I am also a busy mom, I really appreciate that the chapters are short yet impactful, and each chapter has great questions to use for group discussions. We used "Catching Fireflies" also by Patsy for our last group study, and we enjoyed it, but so far, I think this book is my favorite of the two.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    might be better for someone else?

    I received Kaleidoscope by Patsy Clairmont from Booksneeze to review. It is a beautiful book with captivating cover art but that is about where the captivation ended for me.

    I love that she uses Proverbs and brings it to modern day life but at times it was a bit lengthy and it was hard for me to get into. I think I prefer Proverbs in the raw, not all dressed up for modern day. It is the only book of the Bible that has really spoken to me, maybe that is why I had such a hard time with this book. Try it out for yourself and see. I'd love to hear your opinion.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Wisdom for Every Woman

    Ever looked in a Kaleidoscope as a kid? There was one at a park my mom took me to often, and I loved to look inside and see all the colors and shapes. They were all part of one picture, but they were individual pictures themselves and I enjoyed examining them. Patsy Clairmont, in her book Kaleidoscope, compares the book of Proverbs to this. Her book discusses the wisdom found in Proverbs in individual chapters, thirty three of them in all, and the life lessons we can learn from them.

    What makes this book unique is Clairmont's informal writing style. Though her words are chosen wisely and carefully crafted together, the book still reads like a conversation with a friend (albeit a wise one) who is sitting down and sharing with you over a cup of coffee (or, as it's December, a Peppermint Mocha). It's a book to be lingered over, and enjoyed in small pieces, not all at once.

    The issues discussed in and among the Proverbs, such as being careful with what we say, are issues that apply to any Christian, but especially to women. This book will be useful to women of all ages and at all point in their walks of faith. I especially appreciated how the chapters were broken up--first with Patsy Clairmont's insights, then with questions, then with a list of applicable Scriptures. Certainly this is a book that has a gem of wisdom for every woman, set in a personal look into a woman of faith's thoughts.

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    Posted September 15, 2011

    Wonderful Witty Wisdom

    An easy read, uplifting devotional!

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Great book for women's Bible Study groups!

    Kaleidoscope is an excellent book for Christian women. Patsy Clairmont is a funny and uplifting woman, part of the original Women of Faith, she in tuned to her audience. Most women whether mom or not has the same issues mentioned in this book. She uses the book of Proverbs to help women understand things that might cause major upheaval in their lives. From fear to anxiety, she touches on it all. Never one, to dwell in self pity she teaches women how to grow and learn from experiences and move on in their lives the way God intended.
    I have heard of many Proverbs studies for women that sounded a bit too "barbaric" for me. This is an exception. Clairmont empowers women with an understanding of why we do the things we do and what we can do to improve the things we are not so crazy about.
    This an easy read but something Bible study group would find enjoyable and easy to relate to.

    I am a book reviewer for Booksneeze.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

    Not for me

    Kaleidoscope: Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Night by Patsy Clairmont

    I received this book to review from booksneeze.com. I tried several times to read it and just couldn't get into it. I did complete the book, but it felt hard at times for me to read.

    I did find some of the material interesting and relatable, but I really struggled to want to pick it up and finish it.

    It just seemed like I really had to force myslef to read it.

    Overall it had good content, I felt it had too many analogies and seemed to drag on for me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

    Makes You Smile

    Patsy Clairmont, a funny, vivacious Women of Faith speaker and author, penned this book. Subtitled "Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light", Patsy's focus is the book of Proverbs. Each chapter looks at a different verse of Proverbs and then Patsy brings that verse into today's world. She then shares a personal story the reinforce the idea in the scripture.

    I have really enjoyed this book. It is humorous and lighthearted. Each chapter is short, and it almost reminds me of a devotional of sorts. When I have been so deep in serious, soul searching "stuff" that I feel like my mind is going to shut down, I have found myself opening this book for relief. Patsy reminds us in the book, that everything doesn't have to be so hard to understand, God has actually put many "small gems of hope and truth" right into the book of Proverbs. Furthermore, those same "gems" hold true still today.

    I recommend picking this book up for those days when you just need to smile. It would also make a great gift.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Kaleidoscope

    Synopsis:

    Acclaimed author and Women of Faith speaker Patsy Clairmont causes womens' hearts to leap and their hopes to lift in this quirky, straight-to-the point look at the Proverbs.

    Understanding the Christian life and the Bible can be a daunting task. But maybe God didn't mean it to be so hard. In Kaleidoscope of Proverbs, Patsy Clairmont pieces together some powerful messages from God and reveals new facets of beauty, inspiration, and instruction. Written for busy women, Patsy offers brief, powerful chapters that address the key aspects of their lives, hearts, and relationships.

    In the Proverbs, God gives us small gems of hope and truth, and in Kaleidoscope of Proverbs, Patsy Clairmont unveils them for readers with her trademark humor and insightful teaching.

    Thoughts:

    The Book of Proverbs has always been one of my favorite books in the Bible. It's full of so much useful information for every day living. Living a Christian life can be on the difficult side sometimes and interpreting scripture can seem a daunting task. Author, Patsy Clairmont, breaks it down for women who are interested in learning more about being a woman of faith.

    Proverbs may seem a bit disorganized to some people. But, I think it is full of little gems of information. There is something for everyone in Proverbs, singles and couples, children and parents, even wives and husbands and Patsy Clairmont is able bring it all together so that it makes sense to everyone as well.

    Clairmont uses humor and wit to get the pearl from oyster so to speak. She brings all of these disjointed bits of information into something more cohesive and easier to understand. I liked this book a lot.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

    A Wonderful Month Long Study!

    I have to admit that the cover is this book is what initially drew me in. It reminds me of those old cardboard kaleidoscopes I played with as a child. Yes, I know it's shallow and often deceptive to judge a book by it's cover, but in this case, it definitely was not. My initial instinct that this was going to be a colorful and wonderful book was exactly right.

    In Kaleidoscope, author Patsy Clairmont takes us on a walk through the book of Proverbs. I am pretty familiar with Proverbs, as it's one of those popular books of the Bible that seems to be referenced often. However, I had never looked at it in the way that Patsy presented it before. This book made me realize that I had been missing a lot.

    The book is set up in 32 chapters. Each can serve as a short devotion of sorts. The first chapter is really more of an introduction as to what you'll find in the remaining pages. I could tell in those first few pages that this was going to be a book that would really speak to me. The words were written on a level that I could understand. It wasn't some scholar who used words I that I had to look up. It was just a lady, telling me all about Proverbs in a language I know. In that first chapter, Patsy was already opening her heart and sharing her personal experiences. And, is there really any better way to get the message across than sharing how it impacted your life? I don't think so.

    Each chapter opened with a key verse that was found in Proverbs. The chapter would tie into that key verse, and expound upon it. Considering all the chapters were just a few pages, long, though, I didn't find it hard to sit down and find a few moments to reflect upon the meaning that Patsy found in God's word. Each chapter ended with a Bits and Pieces Section- a few simple questions that challenged me to apply the topic of the chapter and find meaning for it in my own life. then, Patsy concluded with a few verses to further resonate the topic of each chapter. Sometimes it was additional verses from Proverbs, and sometimes it was verses from elsewhere in the Bible.

    I found this book to be the ideal short Bible study for any woman. I have no doubt your heart will grow with love and kindness as you are ministered to by the counsel of Proverbs. I encourage you to pick up this book with an open heart, and enjoy the words that God has shared with us through Patsy. I think it would be fabulous to keep a journal as you go through this study, documenting your answers to the bits and pieces questions in each chapter, as well as any thoughts as to how it impacts your life.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    Great Book!

    Kaleidoscope is the first book that I have read by author, Patscy Clairmont. I really, really enjoyed reading it!

    It is a wonderful 33 day devotional based on the book of Proverbs. It is easy to read, easy to fit into your daily routine and oh, so worth it!

    Patsy Clairmont is VERY FUNNY and most of the discussions include her own life experiences. Studying Proverbs with Patsy is fulfilling, enjoyable and life changing!

    Many thanks to Thomas Nelson for allowing me to review this book.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope is my first Patsy Clairmont book review and I have never even heard of her before. My mom told me she is a great arthur though.She is great at what she does and is a great woman of God. She takes 30 Proverbs and turns them into funny, true life stories that we all of can relate to one way or another. I really enjoyed the "Bit's and Pieces" section at the end of each chapter. I enjoyed the humor of this book also because I love to laugh. I like that questions at the end of each Proverbs also. This book is good for any woman that wants to get closer 2 God and I would definitely recommend it to all woman of faith. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

    Wonderful read..

    This took me on a 33 day devotional. The chapters of this book are short, 4-5 pages, and are a breeze to go through. If you take the time to read it daily, you will not be disappointed.

    This book has a fun, fresh wit about it and it will keep you wanting more. Every chapter has personal experiences and it's great to see the light of the "Kaleidoscope" through someone else's eyes to really shed light on your own life.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    Kaleidoscope by Patsy Clairmont

    Kaleidoscope by Patsy Clairmont
    I have never had a "Women of Faith" experience, so I was looking forward to reading "Kaleidoscope" by Patsy Clairmont. I wanted to love it. I really, really wanted to love it.

    Here's the layout:
    Tile page with a clever title and fitting verse of Scripture,then a cute two to four page personal anecdote or applicable story, followed by some focus questions and more related Scripture verses. This is the basic outline for each chapter (a few exceptions), and it seems like a fail-proof recipe. I just cannot love this book. No matter how hard I try to be satisfied, I am left wanting more! The subtitle set my expectations really high: "Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light". I expected some revelatory, angel-choir singing, eye-opening "AHA" moments - but I did not even experience one.

    I am not saying that the book was not good. It was certainly amusing, and had some really cute stories. The applications were correct, so no argument to the Biblical accuracy will you find here. The questions are definitely not always easy ones to answer honestly, and the additional Scripture verses were a nice addition.

    Loving this book was my intention, but I came away with a lukewarm, "we can still be friends" feeling. So, yes, I like it, but I just cannot add it to my list of books I love, nor would I recommend it to anyone looking for a serious study on Proverbs.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    "Kaleidoscope" by Patsy Clairmont

    I received this book at a time where I was really searching for some wisdom, straight from God's mouth. This book has several good points, but it was a little too lighthearted for me.

    This book would be great, in my opinion, for a small group of women to use as a study/devotional to lead to deeper exploration of The Word. At the end of each section, there is a 'Bits and Pieces' that is several questions to help you think more about what you have just read.

    It is very easy reading and very quick paced. Great for an additional daily reader if you are in a 'fun' place in life.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

    Kaleidoscope by Patsy Clairmont

    Kaleidoscope is a devotional book about Proverbs, written by Patsy Clairmont. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of Proverbs. The book is funny, interesting, and creatively written. At the end of each chapter (except the first and the last) is a series of questions to answer and some relevant verses to meditate on. These are perfect for personal use or in a small group.

    I was so excited to have the opportunity to review a Patsy Clairmont book. I have always loved her sense of humor and was so looking forward to receiving this book in the mail. Let me tell you. I loved this book. I loved it from beginning to end. I read it cover to cover and enjoyed the first chapter as much as the last. This book held my attention from the very first page. I do intend to read it again at a slower pace and spend more time pondering the questions and scriptures at the back of each chapter. Patsy was honest, inspiring, and tied together all her thoughts. I discovered little gold nuggets of Biblical truth in every chapter. I highly recommend this book.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    A Good Reminder!

    Clairmont's newest book is a devotional-style offering, presenting short chapters (ideal for busy women) that reflect on specific passages in Proverbs. The chapters address everything from fear to friendship to anxiety, using Clairmont's trademark lighthearted approach to subjects that might normally bog down a book like this.

    It's certainly an easy read, and the kind of book that I would recommend as a gift to a female Christian friend or relative - particularly someone who's having difficulty seeing the lighter side of life and needs some reassurance that God is in control. However, be forewarned that it doesn't contain the same amount of humor that many of us have some to expect from Clairmont - but then, the book isn't really meant to be funny, so from that angle it makes sense.

    Above all, it's an easy read and Clairmont's anecdotes give the book a friendly, earthy tone - like you're meeting a girlfriend for coffee and chatting about life and how God fits into it.

    No, it's not the best book available on the topic, but it does what it sets out to do, and it does it well. Like I said, it would make an excellent gift - but buy it early so you have a chance to read it first. :)

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

    Great Book to go with Proverbs

    As part of the Book Sneeze Blogger Review Program I was sent Kaleidoscope to review. Kaleidoscope is write by Patsy Clairmont.
    Patsy provides a witty and in depth look at the Book of Proverbs in the Bible. Patsy uses her humor to help you figure out the advice that Proverbs is trying to offer us. Patsy talks about how true and straight forward Proverbs is. This book can help you decipher your way through the book of Proverbs and apply it in your daily life.
    We can all benefit from the straight forward honesty of Proverbs. However most of us don't know how to translate the bible into our daily live. Kaleidoscope can help you do just that! With questions at the end of every chapter. You are guided to small changes in your life one step at a time. I also love that Patsy focuses on one part of proverbs at a time. Although she does cover the book as a whole as well. We go step by step. No confusion. This book is extremely easy to follow and would make a great gift for any Christian woman in your life. Maybe even for yourself. ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    funny and inspiring

    With wit and wisdom of her own, Patsy Clairmont has written a tremendously engaging book about some of the truths found in the biblical book of Proverbs. Kaleidoscope: Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in A Whole New Light is, in and of itself, a kaleidoscope of humor, honesty, truth, and humility that shows the reader not only the beauty of God's Word, but also the beauty of what He can do in the lives of those who seek to know Him and to walk in His ways.

    The book of Proverbs includes a number of short and concise words pictures that communicate truth. Using a kaleidoscope as a word picture of her own, Patsy illustrates in short and concise chapters some of the ways in which even the most broken bits and pieces of our lives can be transformed into something beautiful, when held up to the light of God's Word. Each chapter contains a brief meditation on a single Proverb, complemented by humorous stories from Patsy's own life, followed by a "bits and pieces" section full of thought-provoking questions for either personal reflection or group discussion, and closing with a few other Scriptures that tie in with the theme of the chapter.

    I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it. Patsy writes honestly and empathetically, and is so incredibly funny - and yet the truths she communicates from God's Word are deep and life-changing. There is so much depth and beauty in this book. I'm already looking forward to re-reading it! It's that good. Five stars out of five.


    Disclosure in agreement with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising": I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Insightful and Inspiring

    Patsy Clairmont does a fantastic job of walking through the book of Proverbs with you. She makes the book fly by with her wisdom, wit, and insight. She provides you with additional verses to continue to expand on the original verse, as well as things to ponder. The book has very short chapters, and is actually entertaining as well as enlightening. Clairmont does an amazing job of keeping her insights personal, so that anyone could relate. There were so many things that I read, and personally related to. Before the end of the book, it does begin to get a little tedious reading the small chapters. By the end of the book, I was really looking for more substantial passages. The book provides wonderful insight into Proverbs, as well as into you. This book was provided by Thomas Nelson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

    Kaleidoscope

    You know the saying, "you can't judge a book by its cover"? Well the reason I picked this particular book to review was because of the cover and title! The title intrigued me Kaleidoscope: Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light. Definitely sounded like something I was interested in reading.

    Patsy Clairmont uses the book's thirty-three chapters to break down thirty-one Proverbs. In the first chapter, she explains why she picked a kaleidoscope as the title and descriptor for her book. She describes the "ecletic potential" (page 4) of the colors of a kaleidoscope and compares that to the wide variety of teachings in the book of Proverbs.

    She uses personal anecdotes and wisdom to sift through the Proverbs that she picked for her book. At the end of each of the 2-3 page chapters there are two additional sections: "Bits and Pieces" and "Held to the Light."

    "Bits and Pieces" are questions that the reader might consider after reading the passage. "Held to the Light" encourages the reader to explore other Biblical passages that relate to the passage. These sections make this book good to use as a daily devotional or in a group setting.

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick read with lots of great things to think about!

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