Monday, September 21, 2009

Book Review: Out Of The Storm

Christopher Ash is steadily becoming a leading evangelical author on the British Christian book market. Alongside several books on marriage, the Director of the Cornhill Training Course in London has written an outstanding introduction to the Book of Job: Out of the Storm.

In just over 100 pages, Ash gets to the heart of Job's suffering and dialogue, tracing the main features of the book and priming the student for further study and reading. The insights are excellent, although perhaps unusually in a book review, I'm not going to provide quotations or much more detailed discussion at the present time. Why? Regular readers will have noticed that we're doing a series in Job on Sunday evenings, and I want to leave particular insights and helpful elements until we've finished each sermon!

Suffice to say that the book was very helpful in planning a series and is the book I've been recommending to the other guys who will be preaching through Job with me. Particularly helpful was his discussion of Behemoth and Leviathan as found in chapters 40-41. Rather than these creatures being the hippopotamus and the crocodile, they are actually probably the description of Satan, the best from the earth and the sea. Highly recommended!

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