Once upon a time there was a man named Job.
And Job loved God.
And God loved Job.
But Job was hated by the devil.
And God allowed the devil to harm Job.
Will Job still love God?
After a family tragedy, Regina Doman told her children the Story of Job.
Now in a book with child-friendly illustrations, the story is prepared to help other parents and kids explore the question: Why does God allow good people to suffer?
Retold by Regina Doman and Illustrated by Ben Hatke.
Author: Regina Doman
Illustrator: Ben Hatke
Size: 6" X 8"
Posted by Dr. Nathan Schmiedicke on 14th Jul 2015
The book of Job is one of the most important books of the OT for making sure that we do not sugar-coat with a lot of pietistic slop our understanding of God. It is the biblical version of St. Augustine's statement: si comprehendis non est Deus--if you understand it, then it isn't God.
This retelling of the story of Job is faithful to the biblical account yet accessible to a broad audience, even young children, both because of the simple, straightforward style and the illustrations.
Its best feature is that it does not gloss over the difficulties of the story's central question--Why does God permit the just man to suffer, or, put in more modern terms--Why do bad things happen to good people?
The reader is led to see, through the dialogue with Job's friends and through God's ultimate appearance in the story, that human answers fail, and divine answers are often more of a mystery than the questions themselves were. God never really answers Job's poignant questioning--at least not with words. He offers to the suffering Job, and to his amazed and terrified friends, the only true, satisfying, and rather frightening answer, which is nothing less than Himself.