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In the 1970s, the rock group Kansas sang about how life is dust in the wind. They could have been quoting the writer of Ecclesiastes whose ancient book of wisdom unwraps three key themes:
Meaningless, meaningless a look at the futility of wisdom, wishes and work.
Chasing the wind how desire and deeds are found wanting.
Under the sun the curses and joys of toil, treasure and termination.
Despite the Teacher s pessimistic tone, in Chasing the Wind author Robert White discovers there s hope at the end of the matter.
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Robert White has over two decades of experience as a reporter/editor and lay church leader. He has been the editor of ChristianWeek Ontario since its inception in 2002, and lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife Pam and two teenaged children.Review:
Robert White has captured the great questions of life and brought us back to the foundation that helps us make sense of these questions. Men need to see the merging of biblical truth with answers to real life questions, and this look at the book of Ecclesiastes accomplishes that. --Kirk Giles, President, Promise Keepers Canada
In any popularity poll, the biblical book of Ecclesiastes would not rank very highly. It has only 11 chapters, which the Reader s Digest Family Guide to the Bible describes as deeply pessimistic. Even the book s name puts people off it reeks of stuffy churchiness.
Any cursory skimming of the book suggests that its primary theme is the futility and meaninglessness of life.
So when journalist Robert White encountered a series of life problems with his physical body, his employment, his Christian faith that made him wonder if his own efforts were also as meaningless as chasing the wind, he turned to Ecclesiastes. He found there, beneath the pessimism, a profound depth of insight, of wisdom, and even wit.
In this book, Chasing the Wind, White weaves together themes from the ancient writer whoever he was; the message matters more than the authorship with illustrations from his own life, contemporary contexts, and the Christian gospels. It s more than Bible study; it s an exploration of life, of faith, of humanity.
And to help readers focus on those issues, White includes with each chapter some suggested questions for discussion or internal reflection.
Reading Ecclesiastes in tandem with Robert White s Chasing the Wind will, I have no doubt, offer readers a multitude of valuable insights. --James Taylor, Author of An Everyday God and 15 other books on contemporary religious practices, Co-founder of Wood Lake Books publishing house
Chasing the Wind is an incredible look at what one of the Bible s most poetic books has to say about being alive today. Practical, relevant, easy to read and beautifully crafted the times I spent pondering Robert White s insights were filled with laughter, tears, and the reminder to live each day in the light of God s eternal wisdom. --Mags Storey, Journalist and award-winning author of If Only You Knew
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