Ecclesiastes has much to say to any thinking person who seriously questions the meaning and purpose of life, especially in a universe that has little or no place for the God who created it. The writer leaves no stone unturned as he pursues his quest: philosophy, power, politics, pleasure and education are all carefully explored. Here is a man who appears to have everything—yet discovers that he has nothing. Ecclesiastes is a book meant to be read and digested—resonating with the sense of despair felt by many trapped in a materialistic world where time is rapidly running out—yet continually offering glimpses of hope, before unveiling the true meaning of life that can only be found in a living relationship with God.
Jim Winter has been an evangelical pastor in England for over twenty years and has preached and lectured in the UK, USA and southeast Asia. After a long period of ministry in London's inner city, he now lives and works in West Sussex. He and his wife, Marie, have two sons. He is the author of Depression: A Rescue Plan and Travel with William Booth.