From the back cover:
Many people seem to blithely skip through the meadows of this world, with nary a wound or scar. Day after day seems to shine on them. They wake up each morning with a smile on their face. . . . This book is not for them.
Based on the book of Ecclesiastes, Hostetler leads readers through a discussion on living well in a sick world, a world in which Jesus assures us we will have troubles. With a clever mix of biblical truths, secular sayings, and personal wisdom, this book touches on a little bit of everything, materialism, education, money, aging, and family life.
Sometimes, when reading a book, I think to myself how much I would enjoy hanging out with the author. Hostetler is one of those authors. His writing style is crisp and dry, with just the right touch of sarcasm. I wavered between reflecting on the wisdom he presented and laughing at the clever asides liberally interspersed throughout the book.
Ecclesiastes is one of those books in the Bible that I have read, but have not studied in depth. Indeed, as noted by Hostetler, Ecclesiastes is frequently overlooked in favor of its more well-known neighbors, Psalms and Proverbs. However, Hostetler did an awesome job presenting why Ecclesiastes is a relevant book for readers of this generation.
The lessons Hostetler presents from Ecclesiastes are not new. In fact, as we are reminded – “There is nothing new under the sun”. However, we forget. We get caught up in the busyness of our lives and the desire for “more” and we forget to focus on the most important things in life. This book serves as a reminder to focus on pleasing God, and then all things fall into place. This lesson can not be repeated enough.
Also included in the back of the book is a study guide. The questions are user-friendly and a good way to internalize the lessons presented in each chapter.
Overall, this was a great, thought-provoking book. I read it over a couple of weeks, one chapter at a time because I found that it really made me think. If you have ever read over Ecclesiastes and wanted to get more out of it, this book is for you. You’ll learn a lot, and laugh along the way.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.