Contrary to what some Christians will tell you, Jesus is not the answer to everything. Much remains a mystery. Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense. 

If you’ve internally wrestled with thoughts like these, Christopher J H Wright’s commentary on Ecclesiastes is the perfect book for you. 

Wright is one of the world’s leading evangelical Old Testament scholars, but he’s also a down-to-earth communicator, meaning you don’t need a degree in theology to read this book. 

In 150 pages, Wright explains how we can best hold the paradoxes of Ecclesiastes in our minds. These include: God is a sovereign judge, yet injustice thrives. Being rich will bring many benefits, but what’s the point if you end up lonely? You should enjoy your life, but ultimately you’re going to die. 

This commentary will make you grateful that this strange book is in your Bible. Its profound message is one our world needs to hear today. As Wright concludes: “We still live in a world riddled with hebel [bafflement]. But we live in it with the consciousness and company of the God who holds its past and its future in his hands, and can therefore be trusted in its confusing present.”