Book Conversations: Ecclesiastes -Joy at the End of the Tether

A carton of spilled milk and a banana peel adorn the mirthful cover of Joy at the End of the Tether, a delightful read which unpacks “the inscrutable wisdom of Ecclesiastes” in a way that will forever change how you live “under the sun”.  In this video segment, Pastor Douglas Wilson discusses the book and the core lessons we can draw from Ecclesiastes.

View the video (3:39) 

From the Back Cover

Most Christians view the book of Ecclesiastes as an enigma, a puzzle from which we might draw a few aphorisms but little else. Douglas Wilson’s fresh, lucid treatment of this wonderful book enables us to see that its message is not a confused riddle but an incisive indictment of the wisdom of this world. We learn that what we call “modernity” is simply a term for men sinning in old ways with new toys and tools. There is truly nothing new “under the sun”—man’s problems today are exactly what they have been since the Fall. And the answer to man’s problem is just as old, yet forever new—”the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church

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  1. G.Wigler says:

    Banana’s have peels and thunder peals, bananas never peal and thunder doesn’t peel. Spelling seems to be getting worse with spell check taking over the job these days…..

  2. E. Noland says:

    G. Wigler – “Banana’s”? You’re right about spell check…

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