Considering Job: Reconciling Sovereignty and Suffering by Anthony Selvaggio
RHB. lfpb. 184pp.
Suffering is common to the human experience. It is miserable to endure and a problem that has challenged sages, philosophers, theologians—and the person next door—for generations. Graciously, God provides us with an entire book of the Bible on this subject.
In Considering Job, Anthony T. Selvaggio demonstrates how God is glorified as both sovereign and good through the reality of human suffering. Selvaggio prepares us to courageously face suffering in our life and more effectively minister to others experiencing miseries in their lives. By embracing the wisdom of this ancient book of Job, we will be drawn closer to our holy, righteous, merciful, and good God.
Table of Contents:
Beginning Our Journey
1. When Sorrows Come
2. From Bad to Worse
3. Why Me?
4. With Friends Like These
5. Lessons from the Misguided
6. It’s Hard to Argue with God
7. Wounds from a Young Friend
8. God v. Job
Anthony T. Selvaggio is a pastor, author, lecturer, conference speaker, and former practicing attorney. He currently serves as pastor of the Rochester Christian Reformed Church (CRCNA) in Rochester, New York.
“Brimming with both theological precision and pastoral warmth, Anthony Selvaggio’s Considering Job provides us with a biblical framework to understand the origin and reality of suffering, as well as the practical aids to endure—and even grow in spiritual maturity through—the suffering that comes by the providential and good hand of God. I highly commend it!” — Brian Cosby, senior minister, Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA), Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and author of over a dozen books, including Suffering and Sovereignty: John Flavel and the Puritans on Afflictive Providence
“Considering Job will humble you, fill you with awe for our God, and move you to worship. There is no greater desired end for a devotional. Through his study of the book of Job, Selvaggio renders a magnificent picture of God that will serve you well when the bitter waves of life’s storms batter your shores. Best of all, after every turn, he points the reader back to Jesus. Get this book and read it. Then use it in your small group study or family devotions. Your friends and family will thank you for sharing it.” — Marty Machowski, pastor and author of The Ology, Wonder Full, Long Story Short, Parenting First Aid, and other gospel-centered resources for church and home
“The Lord God Himself asked our adversary, “Have you considered My servant Job?” (Job 1:8). And the half brother of the Lord Jesus exhorted us all to imitate “the perseverance of Job” (James 5:11). But not enough Christians plumb the deep wisdom in the book of Job or know enough of its long-suffering hero to make much use of James’s exhortation. In these important endeavors, Anthony Selvaggio’s Considering Job helps us much. For newcomers in these tasks, Considering Job provides a clear and accessible introduction to one of the Bible’s most important and most neglected books.” — Byron G. Curtis, professor of biblical studies, Geneva College