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God's Servant Job: A Poem with a Promise Paperback – October 30, 2015
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About the Author
Douglas Bond is the author of a number of books of historical fiction and biography. He and his wife have two daughters and four sons. Bond is an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America, a teacher, a conference speaker, and a leader of church history tours. Visit his website at bondbooks.net.
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Douglas Bond has taken the book of Job and retold it in a poem, with illustrations by Todd Shaffer. God's Servant Job: A Poem with a Promise faithfully retells the story of Job in kid-friendly verse and cartoonish illustrations. (I hope that doesn't sound critical. Shaffer is an animator, and the illustrations look like they're from a cartoon to me. So I mean that in a good, observational way.) The pictures reflect biblical-era dress and lifestyle, but in an interesting twist, Satan is more of a modern, steam-punk type character.
Bond's emphasis, and the emphasis that we should take from reading the book of Job itself, is that Job was faithful in the midst of his awful circumstances ("I'll bless you Lord, though, come what may.") and that God is sovereign ("If I guide all without your aid,/ And by My power all things have made,/ Why then my will do you degrade/ And whine that you are underpaid?")
There are spots at which the meter and rhyme are a bit too forced, but this is not uncommon in poems for children such as this. The sum total is successful, though, in faithfully presenting the story of Job for young ears and eyes. I need to get over my reluctance to embrace Job. Bond and Shaffer present the troubling book in the best manner possible. Perhaps their readers will not share my ambivalence!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
The poem is well thought out, covering the story of Job as we know it -- but also describing it in depth and really bringing in relatable emotions for kids to connect with. I think it is best to read it aloud with your child, for at least the first time it is read -- due to some of the longer poetic phrases or bigger words. "God's Servant Job" can easily be used as a conversation starter with kids, as there are many things to discuss while you read.
Handily included in the back of the book are a list of big words with definitions, questions about the story, and questions that can help your child relate Job's story to their own life.
"I know that my Redeemer lives!
And with His life my sin forgives.
O Jesus, Lord, I'll hope and pray,
And patient be -- though come what may."
(Douglas Bond, God's Servant Job)
The only critical thing I can think of is that one thing that doesn't look "Biblical" is the illustration of Satan himself. He is characterized as a tall, blue dude dressed like an evil scientist -- and with a smoking pipe in hand, no less. All other illustrations appear to be true to the times, or what you would expect illustrated Bible stories to look like. I'm not sure what this is intended to signal to kids about the Devil, but it was unexpected (and seemed a little out of place). But! It doesn't detract from my high opinion of the book overall; I just felt it needed mentioning.
We need more Biblical books like this -- and I hope Mr. Bond will consider writing more of these.
I loved God’s Servant Job: A Poem with a Promise and thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with the kids. Everyone, from 2-15, was captivated & that was without the pictures!
This is a perfect Christmas gift for the little ones on your list!
Author: Douglas Bond, Todd Shaffer (Illustrator)
Publisher & Date: October 31st 2015 by P&R Publishing
Genre: Children’s, Christian
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