Living Life Backward

David Gibson

It’s often said that the book of Ecclesiastes is the Bible’s biggest downer, a lengthy treatment of the bleakness of life without God. This isn't quite right. At the heart of Ecclesiastes, says author David Gibson, is not the voice of an agnostic or a pessimist, but a wise person who has grasped a most liberating truth: “The world cannot be leveraged to suit me, and life is meant to be enjoyed not mastered.”

In his book Living Life Backward, Gibson follows the author of Ecclesiastes in setting out to burst our bubbles of control with the uncontrollable fact that we will die someday. Living in light of this limitation is the key to wisdom and has the power to "change us from people who want to control life for gain into people who find deep joy in receiving life as a gift.”

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