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In the quest to make sense of the world and our existence, three great sirens have lured men and women with the promise of making their lives meaningful. The pursuit of knowledge, pleasure, and wealth have consumed generations, leaving a wake of disappointment, meaninglessness, despair, and disillusionment. The great king of Israel, Solomon, though the wisest man to live, was not immune to their song. But at the end of his life, Solomon, in all of his God-given wisdom, stopped to contemplate on all that had competed for his attention. He wrote his conclusions in the Book of Ecclesiastes.
Tommy Nelson, author of The Book of Romance, continues his study of Solomon's writings by taking an in-depth look at Ecclesiastes. In a world such as ours, where the search for meaning and purpose propels mankind to try everything under the sun, Solomon's conclusions ring louder than ever for a people who need answers more than ever. These are the questions of the ages. Men still lie awake at night pondering them. Do these questions have answers? Tommy Nelson ponders "if God is sovereign, He is powerful enough to eliminate evil. If He is good, He would. Since evil clearly exists, God must not be sovereign or He must not be good." This is the problem of life with God. If anyone was qualified to be God's conduit to offer answers and hope, it was Solomon. Not only did Solomon possess God-given wisdom; not only did Solomon ponder these questions himself -- questions that have puzzled philosophers and logicians for thousands of years -- but Solomon himself pursued every outlet and opportunity to find meaning in life. In the end, Ecclesiastes offers us what he found at the end of his search. God is good. God is sovereign.
|Publisher:||B&H Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)|
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||The Question of the Ages / Ecclesiastes 1:1-18||9|
|Chapter 2||A King's Quest for Meaning / Ecclesiastes 2:1-26||27|
|Chapter 3||The Problem with God / Ecclesiastes 3:1-15||43|
|Chapter 4||Living in an Insane World / Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16||59|
|Chapter 5||A Proper View of Tough Times / Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:12||71|
|Chapter 6||When Bad Is Better / Ecclesiastes 7:1-14||93|
|Chapter 7||Holiness and Humility / Ecclesiastes 7:15-29||109|
|Chapter 8||Poise in Life / Ecclesiastes 8:1-9:1||125|
|Chapter 9||Navigating Life's Winding Road / Ecclesiastes 9:2-18||143|
|Chapter 10||The Excellence of Wisdom / Ecclesiastes 10:1-20||157|
|Chapter 11||Enjoying Life with Contentions / Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8||173|
|Chapter 12||Nails, Goads, and Glory / Ecclesiastes 12:9-14||191|
|Epilogue: Jesus Completely Lives Out the Wisdom of Solomon||207|