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Don't Waste Your Breath: Ecclesiastes and the Joy of a Fleeting Life
Borgman, Brian

Don't Waste Your Breath: Ecclesiastes and the Joy of a Fleeting Life

ISBN: 9781733851756
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Your life is a mere breath. This reality can be difficult for us to live by. The book of Ecclesiastes takes us on a journey to show us that although this life is a vapor, it is still a gift from God meant to be enjoyed. Instead of giving a pessimistic look at life under the sun, Ecclesiastes shows us how to glorify God in this fleeting life by enjoying the ordinary, good gifts God bestows.

From the Foreword (by Paul Washer)
As I read through this work by Dr. Brian Borgman, he played the role of a Philip and enabled me to understand the book of Ecclesiastes in a completely new light. I no longer interpret Solomon's words as the somber musings of a secular sage about the harsh realities of this fallen world. Instead, they have been transformed into a message of hope, a catalyst to trust God, and a goad to live life to the fullest.
As you read through this work, you will be confronted with the realities of life in a fallen world. Yes, there is suffering, pain, death, and oftentimes an encroaching sense of futility. However, for the believer, the brevity of life is an incentive to live life to the fullest, and the uncertainties of life are opportunities to trust in an omnipotent, loving, and faithful Creator who gives good gifts to His children and will one day make all things new. Contemporary Christianity, especially in the West, is filled with extremes. On one hand, there are voices urging believers to live their best life now, almost in disregard of eternity. On the other hand, there are voices admonishing us to put our heads down, look for nothing in this life, and mournfully long for heaven. Dr. Borgman sweeps away both extremes by simply expounding the book of Ecclesiastes. He shows us that we are to relish every good thing as a gift from God, face every hardship with hope in a sovereign God, and await a new heaven and earth with great expectation. I will never look at the book of Ecclesiastes the same way again. After reading this work, I found a renewed freedom, even compulsion, to enjoy all of God's temporal gifts, a clarity and confidence to endure the trials of this fallen age, and lastly, a steadfast hope that does not disappoint. I am greatly indebted. You will be too.
Paul Washer HeartCry Missionary Society


Brian Borgman is the founding pastor of Grace Community Church in Minden, NV, where he has served since 1994. He has degrees from Biola University, Western Seminary, Westminster Seminary in California, and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is a speaker and the author of several books, including An Exiles Guide to Walking with God: Meditations on Psalm 119 (Free Grace Press) Feelings and Faith: Cultivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life (Crossway). He has been married to Ariel since 1987, and they have three grown children and several grandchildren.


In this accessible, experiential, and thought-provoking commentary, Brian Borgman provides faithful exegesis, practical application, and balanced perspective on perhaps one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible. Borgman demonstrates that Ecclesiastes is not about life's vanity (lack of purpose) but its vapor (lack of permanence). Although Solomon is realistic about life in a fallen world that is full of uncertainty, injustice, suffering, pain, and death, he also shows that man's vaporous life is full of God's beautiful gifts-like food, youth, work, and marriage-and that we can glorify our Creator by enjoying these gifts with thanksgiving. The good life, then, is one lived soli Deo gloria-for the glory of God alone and in the enjoyment of Him alone. Be prepared to have your assumptions about Ecclesiastes transformed!
--Joel R. Beeke Chancellor and Professor of Homiletics & Systematic Theology Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Turns out, Ecclesiastes is far more encouraging than we've been led to think. At least, this is what Brian Borgman has concluded, and his case for this conclusion is at one and the same time well-informed, argued persuasively, clearly written, and spiritually enlivening. I finished my reading of his book with my head bowed in renewed gratitude to God for the privilege of yet another day granted by His grace and kindness. I don't want to waste another breath. Enjoy and serve, in humility, trust, and obedience. This is what life truly is about. I'm deeply grateful to Dr. Borgman for this valuable contribution to our understanding of this precious biblical book and for the tremendous encouragement it is to our faith.
--Bruce A. Ware Professor of Christian Theology The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

I thank God that Brian Borgman not only preached through Ecclesiastes but also reduced his sermons to book form. This exposition of Ecclesiastes is a breath of fresh air. Here are twenty chapters of wisdom gleaned from someone who was stunned by the realization that life was a vapor. Solomon had enough God-inspired wisdom to appreciate the centrality of God as he took a mental journey through this brief and uncertain life. This book will help you to do the same. Enjoy the ride!
--Conrad Mbewe Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church Founding chancellor of the African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia

Brian takes a fresh positive approach to the book of Ecclesiastes, finding hope in the gospel despite the brevity of this life. This is not a book Brian could have written when he was thirty. He needed to pastor the same congregation for thirty years (marrying and burying), to become a grandfather, and to undergo brain surgery to gain the wise personal insights he offers in this book. This treatment of Ecclesiastes is personal, transparent, readable, carefully researched, and humble. I found this commentary so helpful that I am almost ready to take the plunge and preach from Ecclesiastes for the first time.
--Dr. Jim Newheiser Professor of Christian Counseling and Pastoral Theology Director of the Christian Counseling Program Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte IBCD Executive Director

In his new commentary on Ecclesiastes, Brian Borgman helpfully unravels much of the difficulty often found in this challenging book of the Bible. Well-written and reliable, this work will benefit any gospel minister with its solid exegesis and Christ-centeredness. This will be among the first resources I pull from my shelf whenever I preach from this book.
--Pastor Rob Ventura Author of Expository Outlines & Observations on Romans and co-author of A Portrait of Paul and Spiritual Warfare 

Additional Information:

Cover: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 218
Publisher: Free Grace Press
Publication Date: 2024