Job is one of those books that has so many Christians perplexed. A good man is put through trials and ends up losing everything he had including his family, health and wealth. So whenever something goes wrong in our own lives, we have built up this theology that we too must be going through a divine trial of some sorts.
“God is testing me.”
“He gives and takes away.”
“Who can know the mind of the Lord?”
“Everything happens for a reason.”
We have these and other tag-lines which we pin to life’s mishaps without even thinking about it. That is all about to change.
In his book Understanding the Book of Job, Tom Tompkins reveals often missed aspects of this story. He cuts away the religious garbage we were all taught as children with surgical precision. In doing so he destroys many highly regarded sacred cows hand raised by millions of people around the world and shows clearly that God is always good, is not the author of destruction and does not teach you through suffering and misfortune. Suffering is not your teacher, The Holy Spirit is. Painful trials are not the way to God, Jesus is the way.
Tom looks at each of Job’s misinformed friends and what they had to say, and you might be shocked at some of the things they actually said. I know I was when I first learned this. We know for example that God rebuked Job’s friends because of the reasons they gave Job for his suffering. But then when we look at what those friends said, we realize it is the same exact garbage fed to millions from the pulpits of religion.
Understanding the Book of Job is a well written, easy to read book which reveals the goodness of God and His Grace on every page of one of the most misunderstood books in the Bible. It is definitely a book you want in your library and I highly, highly recommend it. Click here to read what Paul Ellis had to say about it.
I also had the honour of meeting Tom in person last year while speaking at the North American Grace Conference. He is one awesome dude! He also liked my unique accent and asked me to do a voice-over for a promo video for this book. (See below…) Click here for more information about his book and ministry.