If students take some time to look around, they'll discover the same truth that Mel Gibson, Kurt Cobain, Trent Reznor, and King Solomon learned: everything is meaningless. By looking at the book of Ecclesiastes and observing the lessons that Solomon...
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If students take some time to look around, they'll discover the same truth that Mel Gibson, Kurt Cobain, Trent Reznor, and King Solomon learned: everything is meaningless. By looking at the book of Ecclesiastes and observing the lessons that Solomon writes about, students will understand that without God everything in life is meaningless.
Money. Fame. Relationships. Knowledge. Having all these things-or even one-would make you happy, right? Well, maybe for a second. At least that's what King Solomon learned-and he tried all those things on a HUGE scale and still wasn't content. In fact, chasing those ideas and getting what he wanted actually made him more depressed. So what are we supposed to do if the wisest man in history couldn't make those things work? Thankfully, Solomon left us a whole book of his trials and errors.
Maybe you've looked at other people's lives and thought, "If only I had that, my life would be perfect." The problem is, those same people are asking the same question when they come across someone else. Even the wisest man in the world, Solomon, struggled with it. In Living a Life that Matters, author and "wisdom expert" Mark Matlock unpacks Solomon's big "If only" questions on happiness in the book of Ecclesiastes to connect his timeless questions to yours, and explores what really makes a perfect life. Living a Life That Matters lets you gaze over Solomon's shoulder as he indulges every pleasure, exercises every power, and emerges with a radical conclusion about how to live. You'll also find ways that his search for meaning connects with yours today and how your story can connect with your friends' as they seek meaning in the world.
Living a Life that Matters:
makes the book of Ecclesiastes relevant to teens' lives-and also easy to understand contains contemporary examples from pop culture and everyday life explores what it means to live in the world today, as well as the real issue of depression and its effects
Rick Bundschuh serves as a teaching pastor at Kauai Christian Fellowship, and he also continues to write and illustrate material for various publishers. He lives with his beautiful wife, Lauren, their kids, a weenie dog, and a quiver of surfboards in Poipu, Hawaii. Rick authored Soul Surfer: The Bethany Hamilton Story, Simon and Shuster. SPANISH BIO: Rick actualmente pastorea dos grandes iglesias en Kauai, Hawai. C
Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parentsandnbsp;for more than two decades. He's the Executive director of Youth Specialtiesandnbsp;and founder of WisdomWorks Ministries and PlanetWisdom. He's the authorandnbsp;of several books including The Wisdom On series, Living a Life That Matters,andnbsp;Don't Buy the Lie, and Raising Wise Children. Mark lives in Texas with his wife, Jade, and their two teenageandnbsp;children.