Official Review: The Legacy of Job's Wife

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Official Review: The Legacy of Job's Wife

Post by EmunahAn » 02 Oct 2018, 06:47

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Legacy of Job's Wife" by Cynthia Koelker.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Not many have pondered upon this story from such a unique point of view and not much attention has been directed towards the wife of the Biblical character Job, except the usual scorn directed her way. In The Legacy of Job's Wife, Cynthia Koelker tries to understand her urge to ask Job to curse his God. Koelker crafts a heart-warming Christian fiction story filled with charming romance.

Possibly it was the mesmerizing eyes, their delightful friendship or her gift in music that made Job fall in love with Ix’ises. From their childhood years, they were inseparable. Unfortunately, they did not share the same faith and Ix’ises struggled constantly to understand Job’s faith and God’s relationship with mankind. Still, Ix’ises and Job’s love for each other grew steadily. Like many other love stories, it was not without its challenges as Job became distanced with Ix’ises while working for the magistrate of Uz. Fortunately, they found each other once again but untold tragedy was to strike swiping away everything they had.

The Legacy of Job's Wife contains vivid moments told through heart-warming descriptions. Every detail is well-designed to help paint a picture in the reader’s mind. From the terrain, the cuisine, the culture, and the architecture, Cynthia Koelker must have carefully considered different aspects when coming up with the story. The tale also tallies to the Biblical account in many aspects providing a deeper understanding of the actions of Job’s wife. Ix’ises anguish on losing her children is made tangible through Koelker’s powerful descriptions and her ability to narrate.

The idea behind the book is quite unique. Not much has been written on Job’s wife and what is available is somewhat shallow. It was interesting to look into the story closely through the eyes of Job’s wife as opposed to the common point of view. Certainly, the anguish she felt at the time upon losing her ten children, would have driven her to lose all possible faith that had remained in her. Further, The Legacy of Job's Wife points to man’s desire to understand God’s actions and the devastating nature that painful events have on faith. It also points to God’s mercy as He restored Job and his family giving them twice what they had lost. All these themes appear in the story which makes the book even more enlightening.

There are few to none grammatical errors in the book which helped maintain a grip on me and also made reading easy. The Legacy of Job's Wife by Cynthia Koelker is a wonderful book that every fan of Christian fiction with strands of romance will appreciate. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 03 Oct 2018, 04:16

This seems like a wonderful story, but being a non-Christian, I am skeptical if I will be able to relate to the story. Thanks for the review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 03 Oct 2018, 08:42

I do enjoy when an author finds a unique perspective such as this. The story of Job has always interested me - all that he lost and yet to still maintain his faith. I would be interested to see how the author explores Job's wife and in turn Job himself. Thanks for the information on this one. It will have to go on my list.
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Post by MsTri » 03 Oct 2018, 09:51

I don't usually care to read romance novels, but as a BIG fan of stories that elaborate on sparse Biblical tales, I think I'll at the very least try this one out. Thanks so much for the well-written introduction!

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Post by 1ditzyrn » 04 Oct 2018, 10:06

I think it would be very interesting to read Job's story from the perspective of his wife. Thanks for a great review!

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Post by KarinaBordas » 05 Oct 2018, 15:26

The different perspective of such a well known story as Job is intriguing. Although this is a fictional work, there is definitely a part of me that wonders what Job's wife felt as Job endured many hardships. It sounds as if Koelker has created a picture that seems quite believable. I look forward to reading this novel. Thanks for the excellent review!

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Post by Amy+++ » 05 Oct 2018, 15:59

Great review! I like the different perspective. The author seems to have done a great job.

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Post by topdan30 » 06 Oct 2018, 09:49

Great review. this will be a book i will sure want to try out. seems the author did a good job of bringing out Jobs wife side of things.

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Post by Bol ket » 10 Oct 2018, 17:07

One of the best story to be remembered but it only tells the ends of the temptation but not beginning of love of God

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