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Wise Up Grace and Truth Books
  • ISBN: 9781-94257-2749
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publisher: New Growth Press

Wise Up: 10 Minute Family Devotions in Proverbs (Marty Machowski)

$15.99 $12.50

Every parent wants to see their children make good choices, grow in wisdom, and learn how to live a God-honoring life. But Christian parents know that teaching good morals isn’t enough. Kids (and adults) need gospel power in order to “wise up!”

Wise Up, the newest family devotional from best-selling children’s author and family pastor Marty Machowski will help make learning the truths of Proverbs fun and memorable for first- to sixth-grade kids as it points them to the true wisdom that is only found in Christ.

Like his acclaimed Long Story Short and Old Story New devotionals, Wise Up offers families an easy-to-use, gospel-focused resource that can be successfully completed in just ten minutes a day, five days per week. Each session features Bible reading, discussion questions, a fun activity, and a song to make the study memorable for everyone in the family.

In twelve short weeks, you can walk your entire family through the book of Proverbs, keeping them focused on the gospel the whole time.



Wise Up

Ten Minute Family Devotions in Proverbs

Unlike some other resources on Proverbs for children, Wise Up is not a study on good morals. Machowski examines Proverbs from a biblical-theological perspective—avoiding the dangers of moralism while still teaching gospel-motivated good choices. Each wisdom theme in Wise Up is carefully and repeatedly connected to the good news of Jesus’s life, death, resurrection, and coming return.

Ultimately, the goal of this family devotional is to present the wisdom of Solomon against the backdrop of the gospel to show children that real wisdom comes only as we depend on Jesus for daily help and forgiveness. As a result, Wise Up moves families beyond the practical wisdom of Proverbs, to connect the teaching of Solomon to God’s larger story of salvation.

About the Author

From family pastor Marty Machowski:

I never set out to become an author. I simply wanted the kids in the church where I serve to know and love Christ. After a long unsuccessful search for a gospel-centered curriculum, I decided to take a stab at writing my own. A month after I shared eight draft preschool lessons with our teachers, they came back to me and said, “Keep writing, because we are using the curriculum and only have 4 weeks of lessons left.” From that day on I struggled to stay ahead.

Three years later, with the preschool lessons complete, I started writing a companion grade school program. By the time the grade school lessons were complete, other churches began asking for permission to use the draft curriculum. Within a few years over 100 churches, from all across the country, were using our children’s ministry curriculum to share the gospel with their kids every Sunday. To help parents follow up at home, I wrote companion family devotions. What started out as a printable family Bible study soon morphed into my first book, Get Into the Story.

A Whole Family Worship Series Takes Shape!

A friend passed that self-published book on to New Growth Press, who approached me about publishing the whole program. After a complete re-write, that first devotional was renamed Long Story Short and released through New Growth Press. In addition to the curriculum and devotionals, New Growth asked me to write a companion children’s Bible to go along with the program. It took about four years to publish the curriculum, two devotionals, and the children’s Bible.

While the illustrator for the Gospel Story Bible and curriculum worked to complete the color rich artwork, I got started on a Christmas devotional now published as Prepare Him Room. All total, it took me ten years to write the Gospel Story Curriculum and related books. As long as the Lord gives me creative ideas for reaching the coming generation with the gospel, and the strength to persevere, I plan to keep on writing.


Each section below constitutes one week of studies together for a family

  1. The One We Must Learn to Trust
  2. The Heart of the Problem All We Do Flows from our Hearts
  3. The Voices Call: Listening to the Voice of Wisdom
  4. Two Paths: Recognizing the Path of Righteousness
  5. God’s Word: The Greatest Treasure
  6. Pay Attention: Learning to Follow Your Parents’ Instruction
  7. We All Make Mistakes: Welcoming Correction
  8. Looking to the Ants: Learning Diligence
  9. A Generous Heart: Learning to Give
  10. Good Company: Becoming a True Friend
  11. Honesty is the Best Policy: Learning to Speak the Truth
  12. God is Love: Loving as God Loves

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