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June 29, 2009
Mark Tabb takes the story of Job in the Bible, analyzing all the suffering he went through, the pain of losing everything in his life and applies it to the sufferings that we all go through. The first time I saw this book, I thought that it might be boring to read. I did not know who Mark Tabb was and the cover seems so stark and straightforward. The title, however, caught my curiosity and since our family has been going through some hard times, I thought that this could be a good book to read.This is not the kind of book you read from cover to cover in just one sitting. From the first chapter, Ive had to keep putting the book down and digest what the author was saying. I cant help but apply it to my own life and see how God is working there. At first, the things he wrote about the Godhood of God were actually hard for me to digest. He wrote about God in such a way that you will actually start being scared of God, but encourages you to keep on trusting Him anyway. He wrote about a God who is capable of doing anything and everything in your life including letting bad things happen to you. Then he explains why God does let bad things happen to us.The books message lets you know more about God through our suffering and is written in a very simple and understandable manner. The message is actually doctrinal but he explained it so that an ordinary person like me can easily understand.This is a worthwhile book to buy and read. Plan to spend weeks on finishing it because you just have to stop after every few pages and ponder on the message and how good and gracious is our God.
Most of us dont want to admit we cant figure God out. Instead we try to explain him away. And when we hear someone cry out that God isnt being fair we step in with our best God talk and give that person all the answers. (p38)I wasnt sure what to expect picking up this book by Mark Tabb. There are so many classic books trying to face down the problem of evil and the problem of suffering and I was wondering "Not another heady intellectual exploration!" I was pleasantly surprised. The problem of suffering is, in reality, neither a theological nor a philosophical problem, it is an existential one. The book comes at issues reflecting on real life and Jobs reflections of life and at the same time holds theological and philosophical insights in tension. Each time as emotional responses came from me to something I read, the following chapter provided a deep insight. This is an unusual book well worth reading because it really doesnt solve the problem but you feel like yours and Jobs issues have been addressed fairly and realistically. It is a simple book to read without being simplistic about the problem, made all the more difficult when desiring to maintain the notion of the sovereignty of God..
Loss is inevitable in life. The intense pain we experience at certain points in our existence often causes us to question God and our faith in Him. It is in our nature to look for answers in the midst of our suffering as we try to understand why God would allow a tragic event to occur, especially when the circumstances seem unjust. The tough questions we are often reluctant to ask are the centerpiece of this book. Mark Tabb uses the story of Job and Joseph to address the challenges we face when we try to comprehend a God who allows us to suffer.This book takes an honest look at our failed human logic to rationalize why God permits us to experience tremendous heartache. As the author discusses theories on suffering, he is compassionate in his approach to encourage the reader to look at the human heart and the grace of God through an unbearable experience.I would recommend this book to someone who is struggling with the existence of God due to a significant loss or disappointment in life. Mark Tabb uses biblical insight to address the human perception of a God in the midst of great suffering.
The author weaves the story of Job in the Old Testament together with questions about the great tragedies of human history and real stories of personal struggles. As we consider life and the world as it is, we begin to question why God would do this. We shake our fists to the sky, angry that God would allow us to suffer. We dont deserve this. Or do we? This world we now live in is the end result. God did not speak into existence a world of drive-by shootings and random acts of violence. Human beings created this world for themselves. p. 31The honesty in the writers frustrations with suffering and death allows the reader to think clearly about God and His motives. Are we afraid of the real answers? Tabb helps readers face the truth in the balance of Scripture rather than the simple, trite statements of comfort that offer no comfort at all in the midst of pain.In the end the author focuses the readers attention away from self and toward the reason for comfort and hope: the treasure of eternity with Jesus Christ. The hope of heaventhe final chapter, that makes all the other chapters make sense. p 215