"Encountering Ecclesiastes, by James Limburg. It's perhaps among the more gloomy books of the Bible indeed, one writer Limburg cites says Ecclesiastes has 'the smell of the tomb about it' but Limburg is refreshingly direct and honest. . . He opens Ecclesiastes' wisdom to those of us who find ourselves chasing the wind, wondering if all is really vanity after all."
"A good choice for an adult Bible study group."
Columbia Theological Seminary
"The book of Ecclesiastes requires an interpreter who is well grounded in tradition, alert to the cranky realities of life, able to sit honestly in the darkness, free to believe against all the data of dailyness, and artistic enough to render the mundane in a way that compels. James Limburg is just such an interpreter. . . His book is as timely and summoning as is Ecclesiastes itself"
Rabbi Barry D. Cytron
University of St. Thomas
"Encountering Ecclesiastes is a learned, lovely, and loving introduction to one of the most captivating books of the Bible. How fortunate we readers are to have the skilled guidance of James Limburg, with his wide reading, keen attention to language, and obvious reverence for this great and profound scroll of the Bible."
Princeton Theological Seminary
"In Encountering Ecclesiastes not your typical commentary James Limburg places this book of wisdom in conversation with many voices, living and dead, from Pete Seeger to Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Limburg's own bored and questioning students. Ecclesiastes comes to life in accessible and sometimes moving ways as Limburg explores its echoes through the halls of Scripture, moving the book from its often isolated place to stand fully with Moses and the prophets as God's word to us about how to live and how to trust."
"Adeptly and expertly Limburg re-introduces the fascinating themes of Ecclesiastes to modern readers and shows its long, indeed venerable, tradition of interpretation and influence."
"An enjoyable and very accessible introduction to one of the Old Testament's less popular books."
Theological Book Review
"[Encountering Ecclesiastes] is readable and uncluttered, and wears its learning lightly. Limburg has taught Ecclesiastes for many years and it shows: many memorable illustrations and anecdotes speed the reader on their way."