Joab's Fire

Joab's Fire

by Lynn Squire


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Joab's Fire by Lynn Squire

Joab Black and his wife Sarah overcame the worst of pioneer hardships in order to establish a prosperous farm in Alberta, Canada. But those challenges never prepared them for the tragedy they now faced; a staggering loss and intense pain causing them to doubt everything they had ever believed. In the midst of their sorrow, even their closest friends interpret their sufferings as a result of God's judgment. Has God abandoned them? Inspired by the Biblical book of Job, this novel includes a Bible study exploring the perfection of God's plan and the bounty of His love even in the most inexplicable and intense sufferings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935245513
Publisher: HigherLife Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lynn Squire is an avid writer who artistically intertwines Biblical truth with colorful narrative. Her childhood farm life,\ coupled with her equestrian experiences, brings authenticity and heart to her stories. Lynn actively serves her church through her writing in and in other ministries and is currently the president of the American Christian Fiction Writers San Francisco Bay Area Chapter in California, where she resides with her husband and three children.

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Joab's Fire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JessKeller More than 1 year ago
Joab's Fire takes place in the pioneer days when people were settling the Canadian Prairies. The author used the Biblical book of Job as a diving board for the outline and theme found in Joab's Fire. A reader is pulled into a succession of horrible events happening to the Black family. Now I have to admit, I'm a voracious reader of inspirational romances-books that can be called delightful, heart-warming, and light. Joab's Fire could not be described with those words, instead it is a powerful, challenging, and hope filled novel that leaves a reader pondering its deep message long after the last page is complete. The character of Clarence Dixon, the North West Mounted Police officer who investigates the perplexing circumstances surrounding Joab Black and his family, was hands down my favorite. I struggled along with him as he attempted to find meaning for all the terrible things happening to the Black family. I understood as he questioned God's sovereign plan, and whether God truly is a kind and caring Father. We've all been there. Shaking our fist at the Almighty and wanting to know why tragedy is striking us. We've all gnashed our teeth in frustration when we cannot come up with a reason for bad things happening to people who live righteous lives. I also enjoyed Dixon's storyline for its own sake. Dixon is a man who has pushed aside God because of his past wrong-doings. He cannot imagine himself good enough to please God, then doesn't know if he wants anything to do with a God who lets horrible things happen to people who love Him. I found Dixon to be a very believable character and cheered for him throughout the entire read. The subtitle of this book is A Distant Hope. I appreciated that the author didn't gloss over the bad and tie everything up neat and tidy with a bow in the end. That's not real life and would have only served to irritate people who are facing tough circumstances. Instead, through the story, the author offers us a distant hope-things may be bad now, but there is hope worth clinging to. We may not know the outcome of our trials, but we have a bigger eternal picture to encourage us. I also liked reading a novel set in a new location. So much of fiction is set in England, Texas, New England, or the Midwest (at least what I read). It was nice to get a glimpse at what it would have been like to be a pioneer in Canada. I'd recommend this for anyone who is facing suffering, who wants a reminder on what faith looks like, or who wants to grow through their journey of reading. There are complementary discussion questions for each chapter if a small group or family wanted to read through the book together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of all the stories in the Bible, I find Job's saga most troubling. How could a loving God allow so many bad things happen to such a good man? Yet Job's faith is so important to him that he struggles to cling to it when faith is all he has left. In Joab's Fire, Lynn Squire retells the story of Job in a new setting--one that allowed me to relate to the story's timeless themes in new ways. Told from the vantage point of a Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant who investigates the cause of one family's suffering, this story drew me in from the first page. The accompanying discussion questions set the points of this tale firmly in context with the whole counsel of Scripture With so many people suffering from recent floods, storms, and fires, Joab's Fire eloquently displays the eternal truth that God's light shines most brightly in darkness.
kingdomwriter More than 1 year ago
Lynn is a master storyteller who weaves her love of Jesus Christ and the truth of His scripture throughout all her writing. Joab's Fire will ignite a flame of hope and faith within you as you journey with Joab, his wife, and friends through countless tragedies and unimaginable heartache. This book and accompanying Bible study will challenge and encourage you to seek God in the midst of every storm.
olsonwriter More than 1 year ago
Even though this story is a fictional account of the book of Job from the Bible, Lynn Squire captures the essence of God's sovereignty, grace and redemption for mankind. When a stranger steps off a train and into the town of Surbank, bad things begin to happen; murder, arson and sickness plague Joab Black's family. Sergeant Dixon, a Northwest Mounted Police officer, finds clues that could possibly put the newcomer away for good. But before he can convict him of any wrong doing, he reads the stranger's journal accusing him of sins that he has kept secret for many years. Dixon has to choose between letting his past ruin his job and relationships, or allowing the crimes to go unpunished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago