In Truth on Its Head, well-known author Warren Wiersbe helps Christians navigate skillfully through life. He does so by studying 15 paradoxes of the Bible, showing how they teach us to make sense of the many mysteries of life.
According to British essayist G. K. Chesterton, a paradox is “truth standing on its head to gain attention.” Not only does a paradox call attention to itself, but it also provides unusual wisdom. Because we live in an upside-down kingdom, biblical paradoxes explain how something seemingly on its head is actually right-side up.
“He called the fear of the Lord ‘the fear that casts out every other fear,’ and he is right!” (Page 7)
“Knowing and respecting the instructors is as important as knowing and receiving the lessons they teach. Knowledge deals primarily with people, places, things, facts, and events; but wisdom pulls it all together and reveals values, principles, and truths. It is important to know the who, what, when, and where of life; but we also need to know the why and the how. Wisdom is the correct use of knowledge for the building of character and a successful life.” (Page 6)
“How do God’s people properly balance the fear of the Lord with the joy of the Lord? We must know the word of God and trust it and we must yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to fill us and work in our lives.” (Page 7)
“Strength that knows itself to be strength becomes weakness, but weakness that knows itself to be weakness becomes strength.” (Page 12)
“A paradox is a statement that attracts attention because it seems to be contradictory. This arouses curiosity and we are puzzled. But as we meditate on the statement, we go deeper into some important facet of life and learn something new. Paradoxes are marvelous instructors.” (Page vii)
Warren W. Wiersbe (1929–2019) was an internationally known Bible teacher and pastor. He studied at Indiana University and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
In 2002, Wiersbe was awarded the Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He was the former pastor of three churches, including The Moody Church.
For 10 years Wiersbe served as general director and Bible teacher for the Back to the Bible radio broadcast. He wrote more than 150 books, including the popular Old Testament "Be" Series and New Testament "Be" Series of expositional Bible studies, which has sold more than four million copies, and The Strategy of Satan.