A Man of Colossal Faith in the Face of Overwhelming Tragedy
Job, a study in pathetic tragedy . . . a hapless victim of unfair treatment. His disastrous circumstances overwhelmed him. His boil-covered body tormented him. His so-called friends belittled him. His distraught wife discouraged him. Even God seemed to desert him?letting Satan have his devilish way. And Job sat patiently by, enduring it all. Not a portrait of a hero. Or is it?
Could a man with ordinary internal fortitude stay faithful as Job did? Could a wimp endure the excruciating pain, suffering, and loss that this man did? No hero? Think again.
After a year of focused research into the life of Job, Charles Swindoll says, "Job appears boldly in the ancient book of the Bible that bears his name, and yet most of us have not taken the time to examine his life in depth. But a careful study of Job's life will convince us that this is another of God's amazing men with heroic character qualities worth emulating."
Travel with Swindoll into the world of Job: A Man of Heroic Endurance. "Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it's written for us." So pay close attention to Job's life. Who knows what God will do next in your life?
Suffering God’s Way
A weighty and deep book on the #1 example of suffering. Job did not know of the conversation going on in Heaven but he kept the faith. Good explanations of Job’s handling and mishandling his suffering.
This is the sixth book I have completed in the nine-book Great Lives series. I love this Old Testament book for a number of reasons. Job was a blameless and upright man who endured a life far more difficult than you and I will probably ever experience. Job lost his health, wealth, and children, and on top of that, he had lousy friends who provided a great deal of harsh criticism. In spite of all of this, Job did not curse God. The Book of Job might be considered a difficult or boring read for many, but Job ends on a happy note, and I am a total sucker for happy endings. In regards to this analysis of Job, I was disappointed with a couple portions of the book which I found to be out of line. I was quite surprised to read some inappropriate comments made about the late Steve Irwin ('Crocodile Hunter') and his wife as well as Chuck's delight when one of his sons got angry at a harassing classmate and rearranged his face. I have learned a great deal from Chuck Swindoll (a man that Christianity Today calls one of the most influential preachers in the past 50 years), and I will continue to read his work, but this is a book I cannot whole heartily recommend.