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The Job: Based on a True Story (I Mean, This is Bound to have Happened Somewhere) [Kindle Edition]

Craig Davis
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Book Description

Joe B. enjoys the sweet life as a vice president at a huge conglomerate, Universal Whirligig. But along with the Big Boss' favor, he has also gained the notice of a bitter human resources manager, Luci Fernandez. Hateful of any success but her own, Luci manages to get him demoted to the mail room! A rollicking comedy of errors follows as Joe B. tries to figure out what's happened to him, and attempts to get a meeting with the Big Boss. Joe B.'s great expectations have taken a dickens of a twist. His family is forced to make a series of hard adjustments, and he gets only lame comforts from a string of the worst friends anyone could have. Will he finally track down the cause of his frustrations? Or will he only learn a lesson about what it is to be the boss, and that what is apparent is often only a shadow of a greater ongoing good? "The Job: Based on a True Story (I Mean, This is Bound to Have Happened Somewhere) is a modern parable of ancient troubles and truths.

Product Details

  • File Size: 231 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: St. Celibart Press; 1st edition (August 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D8XGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Written Parable January 17, 2011
By Mandy
'The first thing I noticed when I began reading this was the naming of the various offices within the main character's company, Universal Whirligig. The naming of the various offices, and company itself, was generic, exaggerated and humorous all rolled into one. For example, the main character's office was named the Development of International Integration of Core Technological Orientation (Emerging Nations Division). This office sounds believable, but it also sounds slightly ridiculous which, in itself, is humorous.

As I continued to read and get into the story itself, I started realizing that there were subtle messages in this story. Messages that intermingle with each other and that we all could apply to our own careers.

The most obvious is the fact that we all have Big Bosses who make decisions we don't understand. Sometimes, those decisions affect us or someone we know. If they do affect us, many times we don't understand why. Our job is not to question the Big Boss. Instead, our job is to do our job ... to the best of our abilities. The Big Boss does see all of his/her employees whether those employees realize it or not. It seems like a 'Big Brother' situation, but it's true. And, if we continue to do our job to the best of our abilities, the Big Boss (or Bosses in some cases) will notice it and good things will happen.

Herein lies another message ... we should always do our jobs to the best of our abilities ... despite our confusion, our despair, our anger, etc. Doing your job the best of your abilities will make the company look good, yes, but it will also give you a sense of satisfaction and self-worth whether you realize it or not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A humorous and enlightening read, highly recommended November 7, 2010
It's easy to fall off of a cliff, but it's hard to get back to where you were. "The Job" is a book of corporate life with a heavy Christian influence. Using the character of Joe B., a vice president sent to the mailroom, Craig Davis tells a story of the modern book of Job. "The Job" is a humorous and enlightening read, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Job May 29, 2011
This was kind of a fun read. I liked the book and enjoyed the personality of the main character but I found some of his actions to be a bit unbelievable. I'm not sure, however, that wasn't the intention of the author. The book seems to be written tongue in cheek with some of the concepts it portrays. However, I've never know a boss to be quite that out of touch nor inaccessible. Maybe I've just been lucky. If this were my life and that happened to me, I wouldn't have survived the first two chapters!

I found it all rather amusing, though. Sometimes I wanted to just smack the dude to get him to wake up and several times I wanted him to take action where he just stood there. I never thought of myself as violent but this book brought that out in me!

The book was well written, easy to follow and understand and just a fun read. I'm looking forward to enjoying other books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humor June 11, 2011
Joe B gets useless information that makes things worse as it goes along. He goes from being a VP at a huge company down to the mailroom. The family has to make some serious changes. The story has Christian meaning as the story is taken from the book of JOB. I rather liked the modern day easy to understand theme. Makes you understand why GOD allows us to suffer.

Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Job September 3, 2010
This book is so typical of what happens when someone is out to discredit you and ends up sending you from the top to the bottom. A comedy yet this does happen once or twice in a life time to so many of us no mater what the job is. Very well written and enjoyable I myself as a nurse know what this is all about. Beth Anne
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A modern parable January 7, 2011
Joe B. has a great job he loves, a loving family, a wonderful house, and is an all-around lucky, lucky guy. Unfortunately, his good deeds have not gone unnoticed by a certain, spiteful employee with enough power to finagle a demotion for him. Suddenly, the former Vice President at Universal Whirligig finds himself working in the mailroom, and his whole words is thrown upside-down. Struggling to find answers to this unexpected life change, he schemes to get a meeting with the Big Boss in the hopes that this (obvious mistake) will be resolved. His situation gets worse and worse until he finally gets the meeting he's looking for, but will he get the answers he's expecting?

Humorous and fun to read, this book is, to me, a parable with religious undertones. As I was reading, I found myself reflecting on various Biblical stories and noting the similarities. After reading the story, I went online to read the official blurb and noted it was described as "a modern parable of ancient troubles and truths." I didn't realize that going in, but I definitely could see that as I read it. Although I frequently was reminded of stories from the Bible, this book really struck me as a parable of the story of Jesus- a bit tongue in cheek and with an added sense of humor, but many similarities in the suffering and the questioning of his future.

I think the brilliance of this relatively short book is in its simplistic writing style and humorous outlook. I really liked Joe B. He wasn't particularly well-developed as a character, none of the characters really were, but you knew just enough to picture him and to understand his motivations and actions. The other characters were less-developed, but they were really secondary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT BOOK!! one of my favorites
Published 1 month ago by Reader off my Phone
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy
An interesting look at those that look at their job as their life. A cautionary tale for those climbing the Corporate ladder.
Published 11 months ago by David Kellerman
5.0 out of 5 stars A review
This is a fantastic retelling of the story of Job. Lots of humor, though, which is really unexpected in such a deep story of suffering/troubles. The humor was delightful! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jane Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Probably Never See the Book of Job the Same Way After Reading...
Imagine Job in the 21st century and you've got the gist of this book.
The author has added some things that the Bible book doesn't include, such as what Joe B is doing when... Read more
Published on April 23, 2013 by Stephen Elmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Creative Word Weaving
Craig Davis has a fun and hilarious writing style, in which he puts words together in unusual ways to create unexpected but effective images in the reader's mind. Read more
Published on April 18, 2013 by Annie Douglass Lima
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I really enjoyed this book, if you work or not you will like it. Most likely you run into people at a job like the woman in the story but few do anything about it.
Published on February 16, 2013 by Susan Himel
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this could REALLY happen.....
I could NOT put this book down!! Read it in one day while camping! It reminded me of real experiences I went through in the "big corporate" world, except my ending wasn't... Read more
Published on September 3, 2012 by lkh
3.0 out of 5 stars The Job
The book is not too long, as many books are, and it's entertaining and amusing. It wasn't exactly a page turner, as I was easily able to put it down, but I went back to read it to... Read more
Published on July 28, 2012 by Auntie Em
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe B. on the Job...
The Job: Based on a True Story was great. Based on the Biblical book of Job, the author has taken what may be the oldest book (not counting the first part of Genesis) from the Old... Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by Charles Weatherstone
3.0 out of 5 stars The Job
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Winner of The April Reader Fiction Prize and first place in The Talent Among Us short story contest, Craig Davis has five books available for Kindle. He was born and bred in Memphis, TN, land of Elvis and pulled pork, although neither of them ever did him any good. After earning bachelor's and graduate degrees at the University of Missouri, he toiled for 20 years at newspapers, and has spent a lifetime in biblical scholarship. An amateur musician, he was once wrestled to the ground by a set of bagpipes. He has two grown daughters and one dog who refuses to grow up.

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