Without Regrets Kindle Edition
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I know I should be reviewing content but thought this might help those who also find font a concern.
I completely agree with the author in the sad fact that the book of Ecclesiastes is often skipped because it is commonly perceived as “depressing, pointless, not relevant in today’s world, and boring”. But by addressing the futility of almost everything in this world, its ultimately unsatisfactory pleasures, the repetitive nature of our thoughts and actions, our inevitable departure from it and the emptiness of everything when is done apart from God; we are in fact reminded that every true joy and peace can only come from abiding and acting in the love and justice of God, which is Christ, and in knowing Him with ever-increasing depth. “For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?” (Ecclesiastes 2:25). This is something that the author of this book underlines frequently and helps us elucidate more clearly by referencing us to other Bible passages. And rightly so!
On the other hand, if I were to wish for something more from this book, it is for it to contain an even more in-depth study of Ecclesiastes. But I also realized that was not the author's objective, and that is fine and it certainly does not take away any merit.
But why would I wish the previous? For one, several verses from the book of Ecclesiastes have historically been taken out of context to “justify” ungodly beliefs and actions by some people. I think these verses need to be addressed in detail by the reader because they can be quite puzzling. Not only because they have several possible translations, but especially because they can be very easily misinterpreted. Also, I think that a more in-depth study will allow people to learn not only that Solomon was an extremely wise and wealthy king. But that he also turned his heart to idols by the end of his life. A surprisingly not very well-known fact about him, even though it is clearly recorded in 1 Kings. This, in turn, will help us ponder on why someone with such great wisdom and zeal for God so as to build His first temple, govern His people rightly (for that is why Solomon sought to have wisdom in the first place), write several proverbs and even this book; would then turn his heart to vain lies (which all idols represent). At what point in his life did he start to believe that worshipping idols was acceptable or compatible with his reverence for the one true God? Or did he altogether forsake the Lord?
While we cannot come with an accurate answer for the previous questions because the Bible does not give one, Solomon’s life lessons serves us to keep ever-present the essential importance of faithfulness and integrity in our love for God and in the discernment of His truth. If we truly seek to have a transparent and blameless life before Him, where our conscience can be without regrets and certain that our lives are for the honor and glory of our Lord’s blessed name; we must never forget that loving and chasing after the vain things of this world is incompatible with loving and abiding in the rock-solid truth of God. We cannot pretend to abide in him while loving also the vanities of this world. Standing firm by the Rock unavoidably requires of us to stop chasing after the wind.
Truthfully, I cannot believe what I have missed. This book created interest in me that I never had before. I recommend it for all readers who want to search out more understanding.
Her style is very engaging, easy to follow, and keeps the readers attention. She shares openly from her life and uses many personal stories.
While many study books/devotion books just spout the authors opinion, Kristi takes a different & unique approach. She helps the reader understand what Solomon, a man of wisdom, shares on living without regrets. It feels like a complete meal. We get the steak (wisdom shared by Solomon) and all the side dishes/dessert (Kristi's explanation, application, and stories).
This book is in depth enough to be used for good group Bible study, yet flows well so it is also good for devotional reading.
Questions at the end of each chapter are great for personal reflection and group discussion. One very minor point I would like to see more of is a couple extra study questions on the first chapter. Rest of the chapters were great and I would highly recommend it.
The book delivers on its title and I picked up several key truths that will help me live my life without regrets.
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