Book Review: The Wisdom Answer by Lenora E. Trembath
The Wisdom Answer by Lenora E. Trembath is an interactive journal specifically designed for teenagers seeking to understand and apply biblical wisdom to their lives. Divided into nine chapters, each corresponding to a chapter of Proverbs, this journal provides a thoughtful and reflective approach to help young readers navigate the complexities of today’s world. Trembath’s emphasis on deep reflection sets this book apart. Each chapter begins with a concise introduction to the theme, followed by sections that encourage readers to engage with specific passages. Chapters conclude with suggestions for a group activity that underscores the main theme from that chapter, and a free leader’s guide is available to those who request it from the author. Trembath’s intention is clear as she explains the purpose of the book is to:

"Challenge readers to absorb the truths of Proverbs and move beyond mere surface-level reading. By doing so, teens can avoid making poor choices that lead to unwanted consequences and learn how to make wise decisions with promising outcomes."

Throughout The Wisdom Answer, Trembath presents thought-provoking questions that prompt readers to explore the implications of the selected passages and consider how to apply them to their own lives. These questions are intentionally crafted to foster introspection and encourage personal and spiritual growth.
Image showing a page spread in the book and highlighting some of the features.

It is important to note that the book is rooted in a conservative evangelical Christian worldview. The underlying assumption is that the reader adheres to a specific set of beliefs, including a commitment to remaining chaste until marriage. While this perspective may resonate with some readers, it could potentially create challenges for those who have already had sexual experiences or who may be questioning their sexuality and gender identity.

Overhead photo of three young women seated at a picnic table reading and writing.

One significant concern is that the questions posed in the journal may inadvertently cause intense shame or feelings of condemnation for individuals who have experienced sexual activity or sexual abuse. In light of this, I recommend that youth ministers and parents of teens who engage with this book take an active role in facilitating the study, providing a safe space for open discussion, and framing the questions in a compassionate and supportive manner. This approach will ensure that the journal’s potential benefits are maximized while mitigating any potential harm.


The Wisdom Answer serves as a valuable resource for Christian youth seeking to deepen their understanding of biblical wisdom. While its focus on a specific worldview may limit its accessibility for some readers, the book’s interactive nature and reflective approach make it a worthwhile tool for facilitating meaningful discussions among young people within a supportive and understanding environment.

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