Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning
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* What does it take to be happy? Is there something better than this? Exploring the ancient Book of Ecclesiastes for answers, Chaddick delves into its mysteries, scandalous lines, and deep truths to guide us to the heart of God. Discover a vision of life that is neither naive nor cynical---but realistic and hopeful! 224 pages, softcover from Cook.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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"What does it take to find satisfaction? Will I ever find something in life thats better than this?"
Most people live a life they never would have planned. The good news is that coming to the end of their expectations means theyre on the brink of great wisdom, peace, and joy. Thats what the ancient author of Ecclesiastes helps us figure outit is quite possible to face detours and dead-ends in life and still find more satisfaction than you ever could have imagined.
Better explores the mysteries, scandalous lines, and deep truths of Ecclesiastes and applies them to life today. Better seeks to show how the questions of the heart find their answer in the person of Jesus. Here you will find a vision of life that is neither naive nor cynical, but realistic and hopeful. Because the truth is, when God answers the questions, you finally realize what is better.
Tim Chaddick is the founding pastor of Reality LA, a rapidly growing church in the heart of Hollywood, California. Reality LA is part of the Reality family of churches, a movement committed to relational church planting and serving the broader body of Christ. Tim and his wife Lindsey, live in Los Angeles with their three daughters.
Tim Chaddick's Better is an important call to seek after God, as well as an insightful commentary on today's media-obsessed culture. With characteristic passion and wit, Chaddick unpacks the book of Ecclesiastes for the modern leader and reader, engaging the hard questions and many paradoxes found in this Old Testament book. Here is a work stocked full of ancient wisdom for this age of seekers, skeptics, and young visionaries. Don't miss it!
Tim Chaddick has written an important book. Not simply because it highlights the beauty of Jesus, but because it unmasks the temptations and distractions that leave us empty and unfulfilled. An insightful, thoughtful, and compelling vision of why life in the Kingdom of God is better than life in a shallow, consumer culture.
In this powerful book, Tim Chaddick winsomely explores how the writer of Ecclesiastes speaks to the human search for significance, calling us to face the cosmic anxiety of the meaninglessness of life without God and pointing us to the mind-blowing reality that Jesus' life, death, and resurrection change every part of our lives. Chaddick is an important voice in the church who is doing fantastic work in Hollywood, and I am thankful for his ministry and for this book.
Tim is one of my dearest friends and also one of my greatest teachers. His insights into God, people, culture and Scriputure always inspire and challenge me deeply. When Tim speaks I listen, and now I look forward to years of reading everything he writes.
"Tim Chaddick is a gifted young Bible teacher with a flourishing ministry in a tough urban context. I'm excited to see him connect the timeless truths of one of the most overlooked books of the Bible with the empty pursuit of lesser gods such as sex, money, fame, power, and possessions."
"Tim ministers in the city of LA, a place where searching for significance can easily take over families, careers, and even life itself. I know the message of this book has satisfied the souls of countless people because, as Tim's close friend, I've seen this message change him as well. He's one of the most helpfully provocative thinkers I know, and he practices what he preaches."
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Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good study that explored the meaningless and the source of meaningAugust 21, 2015Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Better" is a study of Ecclesiastes. The author started by asking: what are your expectations of life, where did you get those expectations, and what if those expectations are wrong? He explored the things the Teacher in Ecclesiastes had tried to find meaning and lasting happiness and explored why they don't do so. They also looked at attitudes that don't work (like discontentment and envy) and explained how to get our focus right to find meaning and joy.
The author wrote in a casual tone and was easy to follow. He was good at bringing out the meaning of what the Teacher said and then dug deeper into it. He quoted from other books in the Bible to show how God and Jesus make sense of the things that were shown to be meaningless without God. It's written for the Christian and the non-believer who are looking for meaning and lasting joy. I'd recommend this book to those who feel discontentment with life or who wonder if this is all there is.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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