Life Stinks . . . And Then You Die: Living Well in a Sick World by Bob Hostetler

Are you struggling to find contentment in life?

Bob Hostetler explores the book of ecclesiastes, one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood books of the Bible.

Known for its cynical refrain of “vanity, vanity, all is vanity!”, the book of ecclesiastes lays bare the realities of life without any attempts to sugar-coat or glamorize it. In other words, “life stinks and then you die!”

But deep within the heartfelt cries of agony rest some very profound truths, and eye-opening insights into the meaning and purpose of life, pointing to God as the one source of life’s happiness.

Life Stinks takes you through the valuable lessons found within ecclesiastes. The author explores each lesson in depth, sharing wonderful insights and light-hearted stories to illustrate the meanings of the verses, and ends each chapter with a prayer asking for God’s guidance in understanding and applying each principle to our own lives.

This book is an awesome faith builder and workbook for improving your life and deepening your relationship with God. I especially enjoyed Hostetler’s casual, down-to-earth approach to writing, and the overall structure and design of the book, which I think would work well for a weekly study/bible group (the book even contains a discussion guide in the back for group study). This book really blessed me, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling to find happiness or contentment in life.

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

Rating: 5 stars


About the Author

BOB HOSTETLER is a writer, editor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His thirty books, which include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and Quit Going to Church, have sold over three million copies. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is a co-founder of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron. Bob and his family reside in Oxford, Ohio.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers as part of their ACU Press Bookclub Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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