Thursday, March 31, 2005

Book Review - The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God

The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God
John Piper with photography by Ric Ergenbright
Crossway Books

I don't read much poetry but the book of this book with its stunning photography appealed to the designer in me. This is John Piper as you have never read him before. He is well known for his heavier theological writing, and perhaps for his two devotional books, but here he takes himself into the realms of poetry. In a wonderfully moving way he retells the story of Job. Piper takes us inside Job's mind and lets us see the great glory of God in the story of Job. The long arguments of Job's friends are condensed and Piper, writing with beautiful cadences, proves himself to be a capable craftsman of the poetic form. Each of the four chapters ends with Piper applying lessons to the believer and highlighting Christ in the book of Job.

Perhaps you're not much into poetry, try this and I guarantee that you will find yourself marvelling at God.

This is a book to read some morning before church, or in a quiet moment some evening - I intended to read its four chapters over the space of four mornings, but I was captivated and couldn't put it down.

The book is a bit more expensive, but it is lavishly illustrated with photographs which subtly underscore the themes in verse, and is well worth the price. The edition I have came with a CD with Piper reading the poem.

"He is not poor nor much enticed
who loses everything but Christ."

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