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: 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 completed, 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 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.