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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Book Review: Joab's Fire by Lynn Squire

Every once in a while, I read a book that makes me think. Now, I happen to know Lynn Squire (ahem. a little name-dropping here), so the fact that her book makes me think is no surprise. Lynn is deep, a Christian whose faith extends from the tips of her curly hair to the end of her toenails, and one who shares her faith with anyone who will listen. If (when!) you read this book, you'll understand what I mean.

Joab's Fire relates the life of a man who, like Job in the Bible, loses everything. His only child, his home, his livelihood, his health. How many people do you know who praise God all day long every day with everything they do? Now, how many people do you know who would do the same thing after losing everything? In fact, would you? That's what makes me think--Would I? And, in this book, will Joab, this once well-off farmer who now has nothing but a shell-shocked wife who retreats into an earlier, happier time, still hang on to God?

The despair and yet determination Joab exhibits are inspirational. This book isn't one where you feel warm and fuzzy all the way through--if anything, it will jerk you out of your everyday complaisance to realization that yes, God expects you to praise Him, cling to Him, have faith in Him through absolutely everything.

Thanks, Lynn. I love you, and I love your book.
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