Life Stinks…And Then You Die by Bob Hostetler: Book Review

Life Stinks… And Then You Die, Living Well In a Sick World, by Bob Hostetler: Book Review

Most people are familiar with some variation of the expression “life stinks, and then you die.” It’s a pessimistic but true way to express the reality that pain is inevitable and every human life will ultimately end in death. Usually when people use this phrase, they’re reflecting on the injustice or unpleasant realities of life, and sometimes this type of reflection leads people into pondering the bigger questions of life, such as “What am I here for? What’s the point of life? What was I put on earth to do?”

Answering these deep questions could be why the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes exists. Life Stinks… And Then You Die is an analysis of Ecclesiastes. Hostetler’s book title doesn’t create cheerful expectations, but early on he promises that the mood of the book will brighten.

I did enjoy the handful of times Hostetler infused humor into the book. These instances gave me confidence that he is probably very gifted in the area of demonstrating care and compassion to people who are suffering. However, Life Stinks didn’t deliver on its early assertion that the mood of the book would improve.

Had I known that the Group Study Guide Questions were available in the back of the book, I might have used those before or after reading each chapter, and those questions (even though they aren’t designed for individuals) might have made the book a better experience for me. Those questions would have also helped me remember that Life Stinks is organized chronologically, not thematically.

Overall, this book is a sound commentary for anyone interested in learning more about the book of Ecclesiastes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers as part of their ACU Press Bookclub Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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