The Box Top to Life's Puzzle
Marcus Hurst was born in 1992, and was raised in the Buffalo Valley, in central Pennsylvania, where his family operated a dairy farm.
At the age of nineteen, Marcus taught sixth & seventh grade in a rural private school. He later served a few winter terms as a mentor, at Red Rock Refuge (a home for troubled teenage boys,) between working at a local bicycle shop. At the time of this writing, he plans to administrate a small workshop for blind and mentally handicap boys while putting fresh effort into writing more books.
It was his love for his fellowmen, and his desire to help them find answers to some of their biggest questions, that motivated Hurst, as a teenager and later a young adult, to dedicate his spare time to writing this work.
Pacific Book Review
The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle: Explanations for the Mystery of Life by author Marcus Hurst embarks upon a journey of philosophy, religion and discovery, revealed by the author over decades of his pondering and researching the reasons behind the existence of humanity; as he attempts to answer the age-old question of “Why are we here?” The basis for all meaning of existence, Hurst grounds his logic squarely rooted with many excerpts from the Holy Bible, along with his original articulation of his conviction of his indelible faith in Christianity. Obviously, as one would expect, a great many scriptures are woven throughout the text. Yet a surprising amount of thought, descriptions and background within these pages also deals with Satan, the conflict of good versus evil and the choices of free will man is given by the Lord.
Just as directions to a destination are made more clear with, for example, a road map, The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle is intended to be on the same higher level of clarity; helping readers to piece together the often confusing and contradicting elements of going through life and making choices by seeing the “big-picture” outlined in front of them within his remarkably laid out pages. With the galley text providing clear quotations, bullet-pointed highlights and a sequential “flow” of logic cascading from chapter to chapter, readers are proposed a scenario in which they can either accept, argue or disbelieve, but certainly cannot ignore and will be captivated by Hurst’s unambiguous presentation.
Analogous to a treasure chest, within the sparkling brightness of jewels and colors are nuggets of gold and diamonds. The book is spaciously laid out to be read easily and in my case during one sitting, whereas I read it again a few days later prior to writing this review – and enjoyed it more the second time. This type of book is ideal to share with friends or loved ones, or can be used in a book club or church group as the basis for discussions. I found from the onset, with quotations from King Solomon to the intricacies of the working of the Devil, how consistent Hurst’s faith has guided his understanding to reveal to him the meaning of life. After all, isn’t that what we all are seeking and truly wish to know?
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle: Examining the Mystery of Life by Marcus Hurst is an insightful book that tries to solve the mysteries surrounding life and look at the big picture in which the existence of the universe and explanations for life trace their views to evolution and intelligent design. The book gives answers to a lot of unanswered questions about God and life and gives readers a new perspective on how to view the complexities of life. The book is concise, communicates the truth, and gives readers a meaning and purpose to life. Accepting the concepts in the book may be intimidating at times but the author does a great job in helping readers understand the power of God and how they can function best when they maintain a relationship with him.
The author helps readers open their minds to a lot of new possibilities when it comes to solving the puzzle of life. Hurst also speaks in detail about his relationship with God and Satan and his allegiance to God. The book also gives some insights on what happens to the soul after the physical body dies. There are many quotes from the Bible and reading this book will help readers believe that God loves them unconditionally, Jesus Christ died for their sins and rose from the dead, God has the power to forgive and forget, and he will forgive everybody’s sins if they ask him. The question and answer session after each chapter is helpful when it comes to finding answers to the questions. This book can be used in Bible classes to help readers get a clearer idea about the truth of life.
The Box Top to Life's Puzzle
Imagine trying to put a complex puzzle together, without looking at the final picture. Wouldn’t that be a discouraging task? Many people find life to be just like that. Millions of folks are struggling to locate satisfactory answers to life’s big questions. They wonder: “We are born, we live a little while, and then we die. Is that all? What are we humans supposed to get out of life?”
There are many different explanations for our role on earth and how we arrived here, but who is correct? Where is an accurate picture to aid us in completing life’s puzzle?
Hurst says, “Nothing is as secure as confidently standing on the solid ground of reality, and nothing is as repulsive as struggling through the swamp of falsehoods and error.”
“Just as directions to a destination are made more clear with, for example, a road map, The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle is intended to be on the same higher level of clarity; helping readers to piece together the often confusing and contradicting elements of going through life and making choices by seeing the ‘big-picture’ outlined in front of them within his remarkably laid out pages. With the galley text providing clear quotations, bullet-pointed highlights and a sequential ‘flow’ of logic cascading from chapter to chapter, readers are proposed a scenario in which they can either accept, argue or disbelieve, but certainly cannot ignore and will be captivated by Hurst’s unambiguous presentation.” – Pacific Book Review
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