Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End by David Gibson 4 ☆’s
Thank you to Crossway publishing for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions in this blog are my own.
I haven’t blogged in a while because I haven’t been reading. For the past three weeks, my life has revolved around moving. Now that my life is back to semi-normalcy, I decided to pick up where I had left off. I did read this book in two sections – before and after the move.
This book is so convicting in all the right ways. It helps show how relevant the Old Testament still is in the believers life. It is easy to see it as ‘old,’ and not question how it is still applicable to today’s times. Gibson takes this book of the Bible and shows exactly how it is applicable and so needed. His take on this book can be seen as morbid. At first, I didn’t know what to think because he spares no time getting to the point. And if you don’t mind the minor spoiler, I’ll post it here: You are going to die. That’s the point of living. He challenges you, as the reader, to reflect on what is your life going to look like when it happens. This matter is not like others in life, some choose not to get married or have kids. Dying is not up to you.
Gibson takes this point and the Preacher of Ecclesiastes’ message and makes it applicable. He breaks the book apart, which I appreciated. I have not studied this book before and throughly enjoyed how he took the book and taught from it. I was challenged by his study to make sure that I live in light of what the Preacher is saying. I appreciated how his chapters were in distinct chunks with a specific topic. This helped keep the focus narrowed. I also liked how, if this were to be done as a study, there were questions provided for that at the end.
Overall, Gibson is an author with a heart for God. He delves into His word and shares his knowledge with others. I appreciated the fresh take on an Old Testament book, and enjoyed all that I learned from it. I will revisit this throughout my life to make sure when the day comes that I gain, (Philippians 1:21) my life will reflect Christ, so He gets all the glory.