About the Book
Readers often think of Job sitting on the ash heap, his life in shambles. But how did he get there? What was Job’s life like before tragedy struck? What did he think as his world came crashing down around him? And what was life like after God restored his wealth, health, and family?
Through painstaking research and a writer’s creative mind, Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of this well-known story told through the eyes of the women who loved him. Drawing together the account of Job with those of Esau’s tribe and Jacob’s daughter Dinah, Love Amid the Ashesbreathes life, romance, and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.
In My Opinion
Even if you haven’t grown up in church and read or heard the Bible story of Job, you most likely have heard the name in phrases like “The patience of Job.” In Love Amid the Ashes, Mesu Andrews took the book of Job (a story I have heard since my early childhood in Sunday school) and breaths new life into it.
I’ve never thought about Job’s wife’s part in the story other than what reads as her nagging him to deny God. Yet, she was a grieving woman who had lost everything alongside her husband. And Andrews made me sympathetic to the character. And that’s just one example of how the author took this story and brought it to life.
Yes, it’s fiction so there are some liberties taken, but Andrews explains how they are plausible in the afterward of the book. And I am once again driven to Scripture to read the book of Job with new insights and considerations of the Old Testament story.
The audiobook is narrated well with good transitions and enough voice manipulation to distinguish between the characters, so I never felt lost during the story.
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