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Signing A Book

The Book

Some of you may remember when we first came out with the book version of this blog. It was back in 2014, and we had hopes of putting all of our original “thoughts” in print.

Unfortunately, due to the size of the whole project ( approximately 350,000 words!), all we ended up having published was Volume One. And sadly, Volume One only contained “thoughts” from the first ten chapters of Proverbs.

Had we had more help with publishing and promoting, the rest of Proverbial Thought may have found its way to a bookstore near you. But hey, at least one book got completed and published, and you can still order it online 🙂

The Autograph

Anyway, a few weeks ago I was with several other men at breakfast when one of them, an older man, introduced himself and then asked my name. When I said “Anthony Baker,” he replied, “Baker? Do you write about Proverbs?”

“Why, yes I do,” I answered.

“Well, what do you know!” he exclaimed. “I read your Proverbs blog all the time! Been reading it for a couple of years!”

Now, I don’t know how you would’ve felt, but I was stunned. Then, to add amazement to the mix, I found out Proverbial Thought had helped this gentleman recover from a traumatic brain injury by helping him keep his mind working (at least that what another man sitting nearby told me)!

Myself and Bob Neely. He doesn’t look it, but he was actually happy 😉

Then, just this morning, Mr. Bob Neely came by my table where we were sitting for breakfast once again, and what did he have in his hand? A marked-up copy of Proverbial Thought: Volume One! Mr. Neely had purchased the book not long after it was published, but today I got to autograph it.

Cool! Absolutely cool!

Suggestions for the Future

Mr. Neely and I stood and talked a few moments as he passed the book around to the other men at the table. During the conversation, he told me: “I’m really glad y’all started over with some new stuff on Proverbs – I was glad to see it.”

Then Mr. Neely asked: “What are you going to do next? Could you do something on the Book of James?”

“Believe it or not,” I replied, “others have suggested the same thing.”

So, get ready… Proverbial Thought (& More) may evolve into a lot more!

Let this be an encouragement to all of you guys (and ladies) who contribute to this blog. We may never know this side of heaven how God is using what we write, but He has promised that His Word will not return void.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. – Isaiah 55:11 KJV

To God be the glory!


Starting Again All Over Again

Hey guys (and girls)!

It was on April 1st, 2012, that the first installment of Proverbial Thought was posted. Over 700 posts later, with only a few verses missed, those of us who contributed to this project shared our thoughts about 99.9% of all the proverbs in the book of Proverbs.

The total word count was over 350,000!

Needless to say, that was a lot of thinking, and it’s all still here, available to anyone who wants to read it.

But April 1st (Easter) is just around the corner, and now the time is here to decide what to do with this blog.

Do I just repost (for a 3rd time) the posts that have already been written? Or, do we do something different?

Here are some options being considered…

  • Start all over from scratch
    • If this option is chosen, we’ll need to recruit some new talent
  • Repost everything in order as it was originally done, but just update what’s needed as it comes along.
  • Do a hybrid version…repost the original stuff, but allow for new content to be submitted when available.
  • Should tabs be created (Chapter One, Chapter Two, etc.) to give easy access to past posts?
  • Do a new project through a different book (i.e., Chris Jordan suggested doing something similar with the book of James).
    • If this option is chosen, should we start a new blog altogether or keep this one?

I would love YOUR thoughts! Please leave a comment telling me what you think.

Where to Go from Here? I Need Your Thoughts!

Hello, everybody!

Wow! Can you believe it’s been so long since this blog was first started? Nearly six years ago I approached several friends whom I trusted and asked if they would like to participate in a study through the book of Proverbs. The journey on which we eventually embarked proved both a challenge and a blessing, and I’ll always be grateful for the many hours of study invested.

But where do we go from here? Do I keep reposting the old posts? Do we start fresh? What about new contributors (in addition to the ones who’d like to continue to contribute)?

One suggestion came from Chris Jordan. He suggested that we start a project similar to this one, only this time through the New Testament book of James. That would certainly be interesting, wouldn’t it?

If we start with a new book of the Bible, do we start a new blog? Do we just continue with this one? Maybe update the format? I’m open to suggestions.

Oh, there’s something else. The cost for this blog (domain and stuff) is $26 dollars a year – that’s the basic cost. Would any of you like to help cover the annual cost? It’s actually due today, incidentally 😉 

I have to ask… If you’d like to help me pay the renewal charge, you can go to my PayPal account (you can find a link on my other blog, TheRecoveringLegalist.com) and make a small donation – anything would help.

There are a lot of more costly WordPress formats, you know. If you guys could contribute, we could upgrade to a more robust format, one that could be more customizable, but could also facilitate audio and video uploads. The possibilities are something to consider.

So, please, let me know what you think. Every idea will be considered.

Thank you for six years in Proverbs!

Anthony Baker

Vacation Is Over, But…

Some of you are regular readers of Proverbial Thought, and for that I am truly grateful. However, I must apologize for the long break between posts.

Last week my family and I went on vacation to Washington, D.C. While we were there my computer was supposed to be getting cleaned and refreshed in time for my return. Unfortunately, it’s still not ready – it crashed while being worked on.

Fortunately for me, the crash happened while in the competent hands of technicians who could save everything and install a new hard drive. Had it happened just a week earlier, before they had been doing work on it, I would have been in deep, deep, doggie poo (that’s theological verbiage, so don’t worry).

Anyway, later this week I will be getting back to re-posting all the great thoughts written by those who made this project possible.

God bless!


1,000th Like!

Like vs. Love

All of us want to be loved, but bloggers are happy to be liked, too. “Love” is something that we feel when somebody not only “likes” our posts, but shares them. Michael Turner truly loves us here at Proverbial Thought.

Mr. Turner has been following Proverbial Thought, along with my other blog, The Recovering Legalist, for a good while. More often than not I will see how he has forwarded our posts on Twitter.

Michael Turner – Winner

Michael Turner describes himself as a “Christ Follower, Husband, Dad, Grandpop, Blogger, Musician, Ripley TV-19 Football & Basketball Announcer for Ripley High School.” Well, he can now add recipient of new book to his bio.

Even though Proverbial Thought has been up and going for three years (wow!), we have not received the traffic initially hoped for. So, it was only recently that Michael Turner posted our 1,000th like. But hey,


So, here is our “liker,” Michael, using his new book as part of his daily devotions. We are honored.

Proverbial Thought Winner

Maybe we can do something special for our 1,500th?

Testimonials Desperately Needed!

Dear Friends,

Over two years ago ProverbialThought.com was started as a daily devotional in the form of a blog. Then, once all of us finished the on-line part, the first book was put together and published (three more still need to be done).

Some of you have been subscribers to ProverbialThought.com since the first days, while others have only recently come along. Some of you have even taken the plunge and bought the first book, either for yourselves or for gifts.

What we really need right now are testimonials. If you or someone you know have a story to tell about Proverbial Thought (either the website or the book – hopefully the book), then please – PLEASE – share it with us.

Why? Well, we would really like to see Proverbial Thought (the book) receive wider distribution. Your stories of how it has impacted you, or someone you know, would greatly help in this endeavor.

God bless each and every one of you, and Merry Christmas!

Daniel Klem, Anthony Baker, and James Neff (fellow blogging friend), with Caitlin, Haley, and Lydia @ the Incline Railway in Chattanooga, TN.

Daniel Klem, Anthony Baker, and James Neff (fellow blogging friend), with Caitlin, Haley, and Lydia @ the Incline Railway in Chattanooga, TN. (Thanks to a friendly tourist for taking the picture)