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The Gospel According to Job: An Honest Look at Pain and Doubt from the Life of One Who Lost Everything [Paperback]

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Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.13"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 3, 2002
ISBN  158134449X  
EAN  9781581344493  

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He was a successful, faithful man who lost everything. His pain was as human as our own, his losses as devastating as any we will face. But Job refused to let go of his faith. And ih the end God gave witness that he was a "blameless and upright" man. This book is an honest look at both our pain and God's sufficiency. In it you'll find that it's all right to doubt, be confused, get angry--in short, be completely human. But in your humanness, you must always give yourself to God...even when it seems like heaven has turned its back. The personal insights in this encouraging book will bring you hope and healing through transforming encounters with the living God. And they will reassure you that even when you've lost everything, God is still there with you. And as Job discovered, that's more than enough

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Anyone who has suffered knows that there is no such thing as "getting a grip on oneself" or "pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. The only bootstrap in the Christian life is the Cross," says Mason. "Sometimes laying hold of the cross can be comforting, but other times it is like picking up a snake."

Job knew this firsthand. From him we learn that there are no easy answers to suffering. That the mark of true faith is not happiness, but rather, having one's deepest passions be engaged by the enormity of God. And through Job we learn the secret of the gospel: that "mercy is the permission to be human." The Lord never gave Job an explanation for all he had been through. His only answer was Himself. But as Job discovered, that was enough.

The Gospel According to Job sensitively brings the reader to this realization, using a devotional commentary format that reminds them that it's all right to doubt, to be confused, to wonder-in short, to be completely human. But what will heal us and help us endure is a direct, transforming encounter with the living God.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mike Mason is the author of The Mystery of Children, The Gospel According to Job, and Practicing the Presence of People. He and his wife, Karen, an MD in general practice, live in Langley, British Columbia, and have one daughter, Heather .

Mike Mason currently resides in Langley, British Columbia. Mike Mason was born in 1952.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Fasten your seat belt!  Jun 5, 2008
This is the best book I have ever read, bar none. I'm sixty years old. Been in ministry 30 years. Mason has turned my nice neat evangelical theology on its ear. I never read a book more than once. Ever. I am starting my fourth reading this month. I would give a month's salary to sit down over coffee with this author.
Job - What an honorable man!  Sep 22, 2006
An excellent book to have by your bedside and use as a devotional during time of suffering.. What an encouragement ! Very insightful and thought provoking!
Perhaps the most profound practical commentary on Christian living ever written...  Aug 5, 2006
My uncle in recommending this book said, 'If I were stranded on a deserted island and could have with me only two books--one, of course, would be the Bible, the other would be The Gospel According to Job.' My personal choices, though, would be (one) the Bible and (two) a comprehensive survival guide with detailed instructions on how to build a boat. However, if I were given a third choice, I would undoubtedly have with me The Gospel According to Job. It's the most profound commentary on Christian living I've ever read. I've handed out dozens to friends and family.

All the chapters are two pages in length and are perfect in size for devotional reading. The Gospel According to Job, in truth, is so rich and deep with insight, I find it best to chew on small pieces of its wisdom at a time. It is--in its own right--a practical and spiritual guide for life, and has built me up in ways no other book has. Please read it.
thought-provoking  Jul 17, 2006
This book is a wonderful commentary on Job, deep and thought-provoking. I have bought copies for friends who were having problems.
Sufferology  Jul 1, 2006
Mike Mason's "The Gospel According to Job" creates a biblical sufferology: a theology of suffering. Point by point, or, more accurately, verse by verse, Mason guides readers, like an ancient spiritual director, into the depth of human suffering. His co-guide is the greatest human sufferer of all time--Job.

As Mason explains in his preface, "The Gospel According to Job" is not a commentary but a devotional. Those looking for an exegetical commentary will, therefore, be disappointed. However, those looking for an accurate, unique, refreshing, practical explanation of the life of Job, will be encouraged.

Mason is a skilled wordsmith which makes this rather lenghty book an easy read, as does the two-to-three page "chapters." Many of the insights, in particular that Job is about Job, more than it is about God, are startling. In fact, readers of this review are likely saying, "What!? How can Job NOT be about God?" Oh, it is. But it is MORE about God's view of Job than it is about Job's view of God. If I say more, I'll ruin the suspense . . .

Not every "chapter" provides the same depth of insight, with some more provocative and perhaps more exegetically grounded than others. But, isn't that the way with a "devotional book." More than enough chapters are "dead on" to make "The Gospel According to Job" a powerful addition to your arsenal in the battle for your soul when Satan assaults.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming "Sacred Friendships: Listening to the Voices of Women Soul Care-Givers and Spiritual Directors."

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