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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: David C Cook Publishing Company (9 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434705234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434705235
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enjoyed the book ... A commentary on Ecclesiastes, pointing the way the Gospel answers the questions posed, with relevance to today and many up to date issues.

Would have given it 5* but found the reading a bit awkward ... There appear to be no gaps between paragraphs - at least on the ipad Kindle app ... If the formatting were adjusted it would be 5* all the way
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Very good purchase. It is easy to buy kindle books now with the new "just one click". Very useful item
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religious gobbledigook from start to finish! is the author actually insane as well as semi-literate?? book could have been much BETTER!
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HASH(0x90e632dc) out of 5 stars Jesus is Better! 1 Oct. 2013
By O. Brefo - Published on Amazon.com
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We all have expectations we want met. We all have desires we want fulfilled. But what if life does not work out the way you hoped? What if your expectations are wrong and never met?

Tim Chaddick, who is one of the pastors at Reality L.A., a rapidly growing church in the heart of Hollywood, California, aims to show in his debut book, 'Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning,' how the questions of the heart find their answer in the person of Jesus.

As a pastor and resident of Los Angeles, he is no stranger to the "constant anxiety that stems from unmet expectations in a culture that promises much." He regularly encounters budding actors and actresses who have invested so much time and money in their career, only to find out they'll never make it because all the others stand out more. Or the musician, who was promised success, but is now in danger of losing his record deal. Or the many who have tasted success, but have soon discovered there is no satisfaction in it, and are deeply feeling that there has to be more to life.

For the many who experience unmet expectations in a culture that promises so much, he reminds them that "life may not work out the way you hope," but it is also possible to experience peace and joy in this world. The only condition is, "Are you willing to have your script reworked?"

After being rescued from a life marred with drug abuse and promiscuity, the book of Ecclesiastes was one of the first books Chaddick read when he became a Christian. He states that this book helps us ask the right questions, the ones we often avoid, and thereby sets us up for something better.

'Better' explores the wisdom shared in the book of Ecclesiastes, and applies them to life today. Using the wisdom of Solomon "The Preacher" (author of Ecclesiastes), He takes us on a journey with Solomon to "expose the myths that often form our thinking in life and discover an alternative that is actually much better." He establishes early on that if there is "vanity" in what we live for, then we should be living for something better. Throughout the book Chaddick reminds us that Ecclesiastes helps us ask hard questions, and thereby sets us up for the hope that is found in the ultimate "Preacher-King," Jesus Christ, who is the grand subject of the entire Bible, and the Savior of humanity.

In light of this, from the outset, Chaddick poses thought-provoking questions that we often ignore but intrigue us, like "What choices will we make today, tomorrow, and when our breath leaks from our lungs for the last time?" and "How will we live, and how will we die?"

The structure of the book is straightforward and effective. The book is made up of sixteen chapters. In the middle of the introduction and conclusion, the book is divided into three main categories of life: Aspirations, Assets and Attitudes. Within these are chapters that deal specifically with facets of each.

He has written a much-needed book. It is for the Christian and non-Christian, the professional and amateur, the old and the young. And it contains a message people from all walks of life need to hear. Chaddick, a preacher himself, delivers it well with wit, passion, shrewdness and prudence. He has had "had the privilege of seeing so many people's lives changed from the inside out, brought from fear to fearlessness, from despair to hope as they discover that God is the great author of hope for their individual stories, and this is his prayer and hope for the readers of his book.

The message of this book is loud and clear: "to know Jesus, be made more like Him, live as He calls you to live, and be with Him forever. Until we understand that nothing matters without Him, we won't understand that everything matters because of Him."

While there are probably many excellent books on this topic, this is a book that brings a fresh and much-needed perspective. Chaddick models how to expose the futility of life dictated by our consumer culture, and why life in Jesus is better. And he is able to do this effectively not just because this book is based on Ecclesiastes, but because of personal and ministerial experience.

I highly recommend this book. Not just for you, but for your loved ones. Oh, and also grab a few extra copies for some of the many strangers you brush shoulders with, because they think they know what's best, but this book will help them see that Jesus is better, and He satisfies their search for meaning.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90c80408) out of 5 stars "Nothing new under the sun".... what does that even mean? 2 Dec. 2013
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
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Tim Chaddick writes to a society disillusioned by rhetoric that has been saturated with words with forgotten meanings, so what better to write a book that is known to call everything meaningless (Ecclesiastes)? I will not say that Chaddick writes a completely innovative view of Ecclesiastes, I do not know if such a thing is possible, but as an incredible pastor he presents topical issues that our generation must begin to ask itself. Christianity is no longer in the 1st CE nor is it in the 20th CE, it has now reached it's 21st CE of existence and rather than writing in a way that ignores the expositions of the past 20 centuries (2000 years) Chaddick presents the traditions entrusted to each generation in a way that the 21st CE may join in on without denying its distinct traits. Chaddick hits his goal, as far as I can tell, in showing that Ecclesiastes is not interested in denouncing existence, but is concerned with the redefining and restoring of it. I highly recommend this book to anyone with questions on what the Bible has to say regarding things such as work, family, intentions of good deeds, anxieties of life, anxieties of death, etc. Chaddick does not seem to be interested in writing something never heard before, he seems to rather be addressing what has been heard and giving, what the bible claims, its true meaning/purpose and such honesty, I feel, is a beautiful and hard to find thing in a book these days.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9065d69c) out of 5 stars Read this book!!! 11 Dec. 2013
By Sarah Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We live in a culture that is obsessed with finding significance, success and satisfaction by any means necessary. When not found in Jesus, this false world we build around ourselves will always come crashing down to find it all was meaninglessness. Those are the dark moments where everything seems hopeless and irredeemable. But it is in those moments that Jesus brings hope and healing. Tim Chaddick's 'Better' points to Jesus over and over in this way as he discusses the book of Ecclesiastes.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels they're at a dead end and needs wisdom on what the next step ought to be. It's Jesus. It's always Jesus. He is better!

I'm also really excited to give a copy to my dad for Christmas!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x919facc0) out of 5 stars A refreshing antithesis to worldly self-help 6 Mar. 2014
By Theodore Scott Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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In the face of life's difficult questions, our culture seems so bent on finding answers (or distracting people from even looking for them) through all kinds of hollow pursuits of self-fulfillment. Sadly, even many Christian authors these days are holding up the same self-help principles and subjugating the Bible to fit the wisdom of the world, rather than the other way around. For this reason, it's refreshing to come to a book like Better, where Tim Chaddick holds up Jesus Christ as the only one in whom we can find satisfying answers. I like how Chaddick points the reader to Christ not in a trite "Sunday school" way, but by earnestly wrestling through the trials, joys, and disillusionment of our modern culture in a similar way that Solomon did before concluding that everything apart from God is vanity. Moreover, I also like how he is not afraid to challenge the reader to self-examination, even if that means confessing sin or reevaluating motives of the heart.

If I have any reservations about the book, I would have liked each chapter to be fleshed out more. I know Better is intended to be more of a thematic study of Ecclesiastes than a verse-by-verse commentary, but after having heard Chaddick preach through Ecclesiastes in its entirety at Reality LA (where I attend church), I was eager to go even deeper into this profound book of the Bible, and thus I felt like each chapter of Better ended a little too soon for my tastes. Still, for anyone who is studying Ecclesiastes for the first time, I would not hesitate to recommend Better as a good starting point, as I believe it will help the reader more easily detect the themes that hold all of The Preacher's seemingly disjointed sayings together.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9067c7a4) out of 5 stars honest and practical depiction of the book of Ecclesiastes 31 Jan. 2014
By kMan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an honest and practical depiction of the book of Ecclesiastes. It's refreshing to read upon the words of the bible without sugar-coating and watering down. The author, Tim Chaddick, dived deep into the words of the preacher and relates it to the daily lives of most people. It deals with the weaknesses that torment most Christians. Ecclesiastes is my favorite book in the bible and Mr. Chaddick has done a beautiful job writing about it. It's quite astonishing for an author of this young age to be able to look at the book of Ecclesiastes with such profound understanding and apprehension.
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