Life Stinks...And Then You Die: Living Well in a Sick World
Life Stinks...And Then You Die: Living Well in a Sick World  -     By: Bob Hostetler
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Format: Other, N/A
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: ACU Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0891123776
ISBN-13: 9780891123774

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Many people seem to blithely skip through the meadows of this world, with nary a wound or scar. Day after day seems to shine on them. They wake up each morning with a smile on their face. . . . This book is not for them.

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  1. Lee Hughes
    Sacramento, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I want my whole family to read this.
    December 30, 2013
    Lee Hughes
    Sacramento, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I can't remember spending much time in Ecclesiastes. I know I've read it - several times. But it seemed to me to be a Proverbs part II.

    Bob takes what seemed to me to be disjointed (and somewhat negative) ideas and derived the central meaning and various messages from throughout Ecclesiastes. It is one thing to read, it is another to understand, but then to take and meld the understanding into a complete and harmonious (and inspirational) whole takes much more work. I am glad Bob did the work so that we might benefit.

    This can be a paradigm-shifting book, particularly in this age of conspicuous consumption and immediate gratification. I plan not only to re-read this as part of our family devotions, but share it with my denidificated children for their edification.

    Definitely a five star rating - a difficult subject brought to life with wisdom and even humor. It is a good read.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wisdom for life from Ecclesiastes
    December 10, 2013
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you've lived very long you know life is not all fun and games. Life can be good, but it can also be full of heartbreak.

    Hostetler believes the book of Ecclesiastes can change your life. You know, that book in the Bible we all shy away from - the book that is unrelentingly realistic and asks hard questions.

    He goes through the book, chapter by chapter and finds advice for life. Here are a few of his observations: Live life with brutal honesty. Trust God with your honest feelings. Don't pursue pleasure and prosperity. Don't lose yourself in your work. Please God. Don't let injustice overwhelm you. Don't let popularity deceive you. Money can't buy happiness. You don't know everything. Live life with the end in mind.

    Hostetler gleans practical wisdom from Ecclesiastes. For example, regarding knowledge and wisdom, he suggests:

    Seek God wholeheartedly

    Ask God for wisdom

    Follow godly counsel

    Study to acquire wisdom

    Hang out with wise people

    I really like his humor. Here is one of his chapter titles: Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates: It Can Be Sweet, But It Can Make You Sick, Too.

    Hostetler concludes each chapter with a prayer to help apply and internalize the chapter content. There is also an extensive, twenty page, Group Study Guide at the back of the book. This would be a great book for personal or group study.

    While this book would be useful for any age, I think career age people would benefit from it the most. Hostetler uses lots of examples from television programs and movies I've never seen. Young people may go to more movies and watch more television than I.

    I have to admit, I have avoided reading and studying Ecclesiastes. I've always considered it perplexing. Now I see it offers a new perspective and a plan for living life well, despite all that's wrong with the world and us.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
  3. Library Lady
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life may stink, but this book doesn't
    December 4, 2013
    Library Lady
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Our church growth group was finishing several weeks of a verse-by-verse study of Ecclesiastes when I learned of Bob Hostetler's book, "Life Stinks and then You Die." Of course, the book went to the top of my reading list. Bob has a wonderful way with words melding the reality of a realistic look at life with wit and plain old humor to drive home the points made by Qoheleth, the author of Ecclesiastes. "Wait, wait," you say, "Who's Qoheleth? I thought Solomon was the author." You need to read "Life Stinks" to learn the answer to this question as well as to the other questions that may surface along the way. And do yourself a favor. Don't skip the prayers at the chapter ends. Stop to think about them and then pray them for yourself.

    This is not a verse-by-verse commentary, but more of an overview highlighting and discussing the thesis of each of the twelve chapters of Ecclesiastes. I don't see that as a negative fact, only a differentiation for those who want one type of content more than the other. Bob's book was a wonderful way to end our study at church.

    I love this excerpt (page 196): "No matter what hurts or hardship you are enduring now, it will not always be that way. God will bring every deed into judgment, good or evil, seen and unseen. There will come a day—possibly soon—when your earthly journey ends, and all the things you pursued with your time, attention, life, and effort will be gone. . . . What matters, both then and now, is your posture toward the One who rewards you."

    NOTE: I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book to review, but I was under no obligation to write anything other than my own critique.
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