cover image Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living

Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living

Ray Pritchard / Author Moody Publishers $14.99 (314p) ISBN 978

""There is nothing new under the sun,"" moans the Preacher in Ecclesiastes. In this devotional book, Pritchard (The ABCs of Wisdom) uses the despairing and anxious tone of Ecclesiastes as his starting point and argues that Christians no longer need to despair or be anxious about their troubles because Jesus is ""something new under the sun."" Yet, even though Pritchard reads Ecclesiastes through the lens of Christian redemption, he believes that the Preacher's questions about the human condition are very relevant to the late 20th century. ""My viewpoint is that Ecclesiastes is the truest book in the Bible.... But I know something that Solomon never knew. I know that Jesus Christ has come back from the dead."" Each chapter opens with a verse from Ecclesiastes followed by a brief meditation, a few study questions and a set of references from other Old Testament and New Testament books. Pritchard's sometimes engaging meditations will have a limited audience. (Aug.)