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Proverbs: “Reconstructed” by Gus Dallas

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

As I wrote this book review over and over again I was grateful for you readers who continue to read despite the typos and grammatical errors many of you have found.

I feel most grateful to those readers – you know who you are – who subscribe to

I often see errors – or my dear wife Amy points them out to me – that are caught after I “publish”.  You subscribers overlook my errors that are silently corrected in a subsequent edit so no one else has to tolerate them.

FYI – Before I hit “Publish” I realized that I misspelled “misspelled.” =D

My humble thanks to all of you readers!

Note – With all due respect to Gus Dallas and WestBow Press A Division of Thomas Nelson, if I am ever published, I hope no one writes a review of my work like I have written this one.

As I read through Gus Dallas’ book Proverbs: “Reconstructed” more than a few times I wondered why Dallas made some of the decisions he made, or why an editor let it go to print.

The chapters/sections are organized by 370 categories. Many of the categories are duplicated using a “Good” heading and a “Bad” heading. No explanation is given in the brief two-page preface for these distinctions. Nor does the preface explain whether or not all of the Proverbs have been categorized.

Ah, yes, the categories. I have a copy of Proverbs: “Reconstructed” in epub format. I was looking forward to using the links to study the categories and topics listed in the “Contents” section of Proverbs: “Reconstructed” that are particularly relevant to me.

Unfortunately – though there are many proverbs relevant to marriage – marriage and divorce are not listed, but Bear, Meddles, Shepard (sic) and Thorns are.

Jesus and Christian are listed, though the Proverbs were written before the birth of Christ or the church.


Proverbs is a relevant and practical guide to life, but this book does not offer enough help to understand and apply the proverbs in order to recommend it.

I am an expert on the subject of typos having made many. Just in case someone at WestBow Press reads my review here are the other errors I noticed.

Words are simply misspelled:

“For the LORD gives wisdom; from fis mouth come knowledge and understanding”
“fis” replaced his

Keys are hit twice thus misspelling words:

“A fool’s lips enter into contention, Aand his mouth calls for blows.”
“Aand” replaced and

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, Bbut she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
“Bbut” replaced but

Words are misspelled because an adjacent key was struck:

He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but hw who trusts in the lord”
“hw” replaced he

Words are misspelled because a letter is missing:

“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, ut the mouth…”
“ut” replaced but

Whoever guards his mouth and tongue eeps his soul from trouble.
“eeps” replaced keeps

Ways (Darkness-Paths)
“When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, iscretion will preserve you.”
“iscreation” replaced discretion

Words are misspelled because a letter was struck on the way to the space bar:

Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to thebman according to his work.”
“thebman” replaced “the man”


Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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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