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Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning [Kindle Edition]

Tim Chaddick , Craig Borlase
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Book Description

“What does it take to find satisfaction? Will I ever find something in life that’s 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 they’re on the brink of great wisdom, peace, and joy. That’s what the ancient author of Ecclesiastes helps us figure out—it 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.

Editorial Reviews


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!
(Brad Lomenick)

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.
(Jon Tyson)

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.
(Justin Holcomb)

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.
(Britt Merrick)

"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."
(Mark Driscoll)

"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."
(David Lomas)

About the Author

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.

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  • File Size: 1055 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (September 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DWTB3D4
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus is Better! September 30, 2013
We all have expectations we want met. We all have desires we want fulfilled. But what if life does not work out the way you hoped? What if your expectations are wrong and never met?

Tim Chaddick, who is one of the pastors at Reality L.A., a rapidly growing church in the heart of Hollywood, California, aims to show in his debut book, 'Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning,' how the questions of the heart find their answer in the person of Jesus.

As a pastor and resident of Los Angeles, he is no stranger to the "constant anxiety that stems from unmet expectations in a culture that promises much." He regularly encounters budding actors and actresses who have invested so much time and money in their career, only to find out they'll never make it because all the others stand out more. Or the musician, who was promised success, but is now in danger of losing his record deal. Or the many who have tasted success, but have soon discovered there is no satisfaction in it, and are deeply feeling that there has to be more to life.

For the many who experience unmet expectations in a culture that promises so much, he reminds them that "life may not work out the way you hope," but it is also possible to experience peace and joy in this world. The only condition is, "Are you willing to have your script reworked?"

After being rescued from a life marred with drug abuse and promiscuity, the book of Ecclesiastes was one of the first books Chaddick read when he became a Christian. He states that this book helps us ask the right questions, the ones we often avoid, and thereby sets us up for something better.

'Better' explores the wisdom shared in the book of Ecclesiastes, and applies them to life today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Tim Chaddick writes to a society disillusioned by rhetoric that has been saturated with words with forgotten meanings, so what better to write a book that is known to call everything meaningless (Ecclesiastes)? I will not say that Chaddick writes a completely innovative view of Ecclesiastes, I do not know if such a thing is possible, but as an incredible pastor he presents topical issues that our generation must begin to ask itself. Christianity is no longer in the 1st CE nor is it in the 20th CE, it has now reached it's 21st CE of existence and rather than writing in a way that ignores the expositions of the past 20 centuries (2000 years) Chaddick presents the traditions entrusted to each generation in a way that the 21st CE may join in on without denying its distinct traits. Chaddick hits his goal, as far as I can tell, in showing that Ecclesiastes is not interested in denouncing existence, but is concerned with the redefining and restoring of it. I highly recommend this book to anyone with questions on what the Bible has to say regarding things such as work, family, intentions of good deeds, anxieties of life, anxieties of death, etc. Chaddick does not seem to be interested in writing something never heard before, he seems to rather be addressing what has been heard and giving, what the bible claims, its true meaning/purpose and such honesty, I feel, is a beautiful and hard to find thing in a book these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!!! December 11, 2013
We live in a culture that is obsessed with finding significance, success and satisfaction by any means necessary. When not found in Jesus, this false world we build around ourselves will always come crashing down to find it all was meaninglessness. Those are the dark moments where everything seems hopeless and irredeemable. But it is in those moments that Jesus brings hope and healing. Tim Chaddick's 'Better' points to Jesus over and over in this way as he discusses the book of Ecclesiastes.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels they're at a dead end and needs wisdom on what the next step ought to be. It's Jesus. It's always Jesus. He is better!

I'm also really excited to give a copy to my dad for Christmas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing antithesis to worldly self-help March 6, 2014
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In the face of life's difficult questions, our culture seems so bent on finding answers (or distracting people from even looking for them) through all kinds of hollow pursuits of self-fulfillment. Sadly, even many Christian authors these days are holding up the same self-help principles and subjugating the Bible to fit the wisdom of the world, rather than the other way around. For this reason, it's refreshing to come to a book like Better, where Tim Chaddick holds up Jesus Christ as the only one in whom we can find satisfying answers. I like how Chaddick points the reader to Christ not in a trite "Sunday school" way, but by earnestly wrestling through the trials, joys, and disillusionment of our modern culture in a similar way that Solomon did before concluding that everything apart from God is vanity. Moreover, I also like how he is not afraid to challenge the reader to self-examination, even if that means confessing sin or reevaluating motives of the heart.

If I have any reservations about the book, I would have liked each chapter to be fleshed out more. I know Better is intended to be more of a thematic study of Ecclesiastes than a verse-by-verse commentary, but after having heard Chaddick preach through Ecclesiastes in its entirety at Reality LA (where I attend church), I was eager to go even deeper into this profound book of the Bible, and thus I felt like each chapter of Better ended a little too soon for my tastes. Still, for anyone who is studying Ecclesiastes for the first time, I would not hesitate to recommend Better as a good starting point, as I believe it will help the reader more easily detect the themes that hold all of The Preacher's seemingly disjointed sayings together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an absolutely incredible book
I will go on and on at my book review website, but this has been the best book that I have worked through in a very long time. Eccl. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jason Brueckner
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
This book made me smile and look to Jesus. I couldn't ask for more in a book. :) : )
Published 2 months ago by Meghan Georgiades
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Take on an overlooked book
The authors weave the story of life and the Gospel through the book of Ecclesiastes. This is a book I could hand to friend who do not believe and feel like they would actually give... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RNm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very practical. Jesus is the main focus. affection for Jesus affects every detail of your life.
Published 4 months ago by Brett Milam
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great breakdown on Ecclesiates and all the worthless ways we try to find life outside of Jesus. I really appreciate Chaddicks teaching ministry and look forward to more books like... Read more
Published 4 months ago by sean
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Tia book
This is an in-depth, thorough, yet easy to read, study on Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is not an "easy" book of the Bible. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sherri A Standridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Reading it
Not a book that pushes Jesus down your throat. Loved it. Reading it again
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Published 5 months ago by Ellen Del Vescovo
5.0 out of 5 stars Linking the Wisdom of Ecclesiastes to the Meaningful Life in Jesus
In contemporary life, it's easy to work hard, play hard, and wonder if that's all there is or if there's a point to it all. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adrienne E. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You
This doesn't seem like your normal book. To me, it is more of a commentary. A commentary based on your life experience. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hector R. Mora Jr.
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