"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

-C.S. Lewis

What we read has such an impact on us, and I am always on the lookout for something that will inspire me to be a better person. Here is a sampling of books that have been in the teetering stack sitting on top of what is rumored to be my bedside table.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

31 Days to Happiness, by Dr. David Jeremiah

Suffice it to say, this was not the book I thought it was going to be, based on the title.  So much for judging a book by its avatar!  I was pleasantly surprised by David Jeremiah's book.  I thought I was getting a fluff piece on the Magical Happy Land some people think we're entitled to.  But this book is really an insightful commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes and how it relates to modern life.

The Book of Ecclesiastes, besides being the inspiration for pop songs of the 60s, contains reflections written by King Solomon toward the end of his rather eventful life.  And when you think about the lessons we can learn from that life, Ecclesiastes takes on new meaning.  I, for one, had never given this book much thought.  But Dr. Jeremiah's writing changed that for me.  He delves into Ecclesiastes with both wisdom and wit, covering topics that most people can relate to.

What this book doesn't cover would be a shorter review.  This commentary helps us put Biblical perspective on a wide array of topics - injustice, learning to move on, working for a boss you don't respect.  But there is also advice on the good things in life - marriage, joy, living life to its fullest.  Birth, death - as Solomon puts it, "Everything under the sun."

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants wisdom on life from a man who experienced everything out of life.  It's a wonderful month-long Bible study, and you'll find yourself with a better perspective when the month is over.

Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Five out of Five Stars