The skepticism, questioning, weariness, and outbursts in the book of Ecclesiastes make organized religion uncomfortable. For this reason, Ecclesiastes is often overlooked or ignored. But in doing this, we miss an important message found in this unusual voice in scripture. Ecclesiastes gives us permission to ask the questions surrounding our understanding and knowledge of God. But then it takes us further by challenging us to affirm the goodness of creation, to preserve the awe of God, and to see questioning and weariness as gifts from God. Writing in accessible language and in a straightforward manner, Waddle mixes contemporary reflections with insightful scholarship on Ecclesiastes and its meaning for us today, especially around the topics of wisdom, humility, and gratitude. Twelve chapters parallel the twelve chapters in the biblical text. In essence,
|Publisher:||Upper Room Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Ray Waddle, a nationally known religion writer, was religion editor at The Tennessean from 1984-2001. His work has taken him across the United State's, through Europe and Israel. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he has a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree from Vanderbilt University. He writes widely on religion and faith and teaches a writing seminar at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Nashville, Tennessee.