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date submitted 10.12.2009
date updated 26.01.2011
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Job - The Finest Man in all the Earth

Ray Sammons

Job is a cattleman; his animals and family are killed in one day. He endures illness, rejection, and shame and doesn't know why.

 

Job is the story of a cosmic conflict between the God of the universe and Lucifer, one of God’s fallen angles.

Lucifer is calling God a liar, a phony, and an imposter but God defends His character.

Then, to make a point, God chooses Job as a human representative to prove to Lucifer that people worship God for who He is and not for what He does. But, Job isn’t told that he’s been chosen for this exercise.

Job lives through the loss of his wealth, family and health asking, “Why is this happening? I’ve done nothing wrong!” He prays and God does not answer, Job goes through this test with the answers held back.

Finally, when the test is over God talks to Job and afterwards Job’s life has ...

 
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Darius Stransky wrote 114 days ago

Why are all the 'pitch me' books so old?

Tom Balderston wrote 1250 days ago

Job is a character more people need to know. Always enjoy Chrstian reads. Makes the Bible story more understandable. Well written. Reading.
Tom Balderston
The Wonder of Terra

Eunice Attwood wrote 1289 days ago

This is a very readable work of art. I didn't know much about this character, but you have brought him to life for me. Truly inspiring and insightful. Backed with pleasure. Eunice - The Temple Dancer.

Ron Mitchell wrote 1326 days ago

I applaud you with this story. Taking a familiar story from the Bible and transposing it to a common language makes it easy to digest and understand. Job is the oldest book of the Bible deemed to have been written before any other written word of God. You put in parts that transform this to a story that could be a man of faith of today's modern world. I thank you for your support of December Gold, and I trust God will richly bless you and this story. Best of luck with it.

klouholmes wrote 1334 days ago

Hi Ray, Some very solid points here and I liked the upbeat language as it illuminates the story. "He only follows you because you treat him so well." The idea that all humans are like Job and are part of this contest is an interpretation not heard so often. A well-imagined outset with the council of the angels listening in on this Biblical scene. I'd expect that the scenes with Job and his wife would be as well-rendered. Shelved - Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

soutexmex wrote 1336 days ago

Ray: do apologize for this spam comment but I did BACK your book. Though my book is currently on the Ed's Desk, I can still use your comments on my book before the end of this month. Thanks - cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key

Burgio wrote 1337 days ago

JOB
This is an interesting story: an update on one of the most inspirational stories in the Bible. You’ve done a good job fleshing out Job and bringing him to life. I think you’ll find an audience for this among people in Bible discussion groups who will choose to use this for discussion to compare to the original source or even use in place of the original source. I’m happy to add it to my shelf. If you have a moment, would you look at mine (Grain of Salt)? I’m in 3rd place but only holding on by my teeth. Burgio

name falied moderation wrote 1338 days ago

Dear Ray
I just love the book cover. I would like to commend you on the skill you have and the imagination and the talent in writing this work of art
of yours. I wish I had half of your talent. Where does one get such original work like this, such a gift. I feel sure you
feel like me that it is your baby and you so want to see it succeed. I do wish you all the best in rising and also
getting this book of your published. ( I wish I had half the talent some of you have on this site)

BACKED BY ME FOR SURE.
Please take a moment to look, COMMENT which is important to me, and BACK my book. if not that is OK
also

The VERY best of luck to you

Denise
The Letter

Walden Carrington wrote 1338 days ago

Job-The Finest Man in all the Earth is enchanting. I love historical fiction and especially religious tales. Backed.

SusieGulick wrote 1338 days ago

Dear Ray, I love your delightful Bible story about Job. :) He did have miserable comforters for sure, but he knew His Redeemer lived & that he would see Him one day & knew that though He slayed him, yet he'd trust Him. :) I got so excied when I read your pitch & introduction which were extemely well done. :) Tight dialogue & paragraphs made for an easy read. :) Great creativity. :) Hope you'll write many more books about God. :)
I'm backing your book :) - hope you'll take a moment to back my memoir/testimony book. :) Thanks so much. :) Love, Susie :)

CraigD wrote 1474 days ago

It was very interesting to me to find your book. Fittingly, scripture began chronologically with its most mysterious book, and it's a shame Job is so misunderstood, since it is the story of every man and mankind in general. Please take a look at my book; I think you'll like it. I've got your back.
Craig Davis
http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=19440

Ron Mitchell wrote 1501 days ago

You put a personal, contemporary touch on the oldest written book of the Bible. I enjoyed your interpretation and embellishments. Good job and good luck. I backed your book.
--author of December Gold

lionel25 wrote 1503 days ago

Ray, your introduction and first two chapters are a smooth read. Professionally written.

Happy to back your work.

Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

Ron Mitchell wrote 1506 days ago

I once wrote a lengthy paper while in seminary on the book of Job. It was a challenging class. I am anxious to hear what you have to say in this book.
--author of December Gold

Jesse Hargreave wrote 1528 days ago

Backed January 31.

Jesse - Savant

Alexander De Witte wrote 1533 days ago

Ray, the problem you have here is that your writing falls somewhere between children's and adults literature without fitting either camp snugly. I think the piece shows potential but you will need to commit to whether this represents a moral homily for children or a more nuanced and literary approach to the problem of evil for adults. The proliferation of dialogue in adrressing this subject matter would fit with a children's exposition but the dialogue is not at the right level for that market. Too much dialogue in an adult work is lazy and too much prone to becoming an info dump.

If you can address this tension the work will improve considerably. After all, you have hit on a nice idea here in attempting to re-frame the account in the Tenach.

Best Wishes

Alexander

PatriciaMac wrote 1537 days ago

Ray,

What a timely message you bring as you once again bring humanity this story of such an incredible man who lived so long ago. Not an easy story to tell once again, so hats off to you for the courage you have displayed. Your career in Agriculture Economics displays insight in just what it meant in Job’s life as everything was taken materially as well as losing his children. You have been able to portray in many ways how Job walked through this trial alone in his tenacity in holding on to his faith in God. This man of principle and faith has a message for today’s society, so I congratulate you in your obvious dedication to this Great Man of Faith.

PatriciaMac
“Reflections of a Wyoming Shepherd on the 23rd Psalm”

Gerlof Bernard wrote 1559 days ago

You are a good writer, Ray! Your imagination makes for a interesting story and if I had more time right now I would finish the book. It is worthy of publication and I trust that will happen

Myrna Chausse

RWesley wrote 1561 days ago

Thanks so much for that suggestion - I'll work on it!

Job is a unique idea and makes a distinctive offering in the historical fiction genre. I think this will do very well with your target audeinece and I'm happy to back it.
One thought on the editorial front; I suggest you try to remove repetition of the same ideas and/or words - for example in C3 we are told twice about the 500 teams of oxen, and successive paragraphs tell us about 3 successful raids; the need for a successful raid; the last raid was successful; the most successful raid ever.... This kind of thing occurs quite often, and I think the overall pace and tension of the story would benefit if you can remove the duplications, whic readers don't need. Good luck.

Bob Steele wrote 1562 days ago

Job is a unique idea and makes a distinctive offering in the historical fiction genre. I think this will do very well with your target audeinece and I'm happy to back it.
One thought on the editorial front; I suggest you try to remove repetition of the same ideas and/or words - for example in C3 we are told twice about the 500 teams of oxen, and successive paragraphs tell us about 3 successful raids; the need for a successful raid; the last raid was successful; the most successful raid ever.... This kind of thing occurs quite often, and I think the overall pace and tension of the story would benefit if you can remove the duplications, whic readers don't need. Good luck.

RWesley wrote 1563 days ago

M&J
Thanks for the comment. I too struggle with the A1-A3 nomenclature, and I've never settled on an adequate name for an angel. I also appreciate your comments about more description, these are helpful ideas.

A brave look at freewill and suffering done from an original angle. The style is easy and accessible to read so should please a YA audience as well. I wasn't sure about the A1 and A3 naming style, it seemed very impersonal, - I could imagine that Satan might use this format but it reminded me of prisoners, would God use it with his angels? Still, this is your artistic license and it probably will appeal to many readers even if not to me as it gives it a sci-fi feel.
I read four chapters even before I realised it so that in itself speaks volumes. It is well edited and I spotted no typos or nitpicks. If I could add anything, I would say it would be nice to have some description - really bring the scenes to life and flesh it out with tangible detail. This is just my personal preference however, as you can probably tell from our own work, GRAEMOR.
I found this enjoyable, engaging and totally different from anything else I've come across on here so far. Kudos for that! Enjoy a spin on the shelf!

M&J
GRAEMOR

J&M JENSEN wrote 1563 days ago

A brave look at freewill and suffering done from an original angle. The style is easy and accessible to read so should please a YA audience as well. I wasn't sure about the A1 and A3 naming style, it seemed very impersonal, - I could imagine that Satan might use this format but it reminded me of prisoners, would God use it with his angels? Still, this is your artistic license and it probably will appeal to many readers even if not to me as it gives it a sci-fi feel.
I read four chapters even before I realised it so that in itself speaks volumes. It is well edited and I spotted no typos or nitpicks. If I could add anything, I would say it would be nice to have some description - really bring the scenes to life and flesh it out with tangible detail. This is just my personal preference however, as you can probably tell from our own work, GRAEMOR.
I found this enjoyable, engaging and totally different from anything else I've come across on here so far. Kudos for that! Enjoy a spin on the shelf!

M&J
GRAEMOR

RWesley wrote 1564 days ago

John, thanks for the comment and I will have a look at the book!

Lovely Idea. I shall come back to this and read more. Good luck and please have a look at my book Letters To My Former self. I think you might enjoy it.

Many Thanks

John Jack

JJ1980 wrote 1564 days ago

Lovely Idea. I shall come back to this and read more. Good luck and please have a look at my book Letters To My Former self. I think you might enjoy it.

Many Thanks

John Jack

RWesley wrote 1564 days ago

T.L.
Thanks for the comments, especially on the pace of the action and yes, it did take a while to study the background of the times.

This really isn't something I would normally read. I took a look at this last night and meant to come back for more this morning, unfortunatly the servers are down for Authonomy. Some notes that I took:
This is different. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace it moved at and the ideas therein
The writing is good, but I felt at times too much description
This is fascinating because it builds up what could have been going on in the background.
You must have done immense research to ensure you played this out right.
Backed
T.L Tyson-Seeking Eleanor

RWesley wrote 1564 days ago

John, sorry this is not your 'content' but i understand that - There are lots of books here that I find are not high on my interest list. Thanks for the writing comment!

Thanks for the comment, I'm waiting for your comment about the question you asked after you've consumed the book.

T.L Tyson wrote 1565 days ago

This really isn't something I would normally read. I took a look at this last night and meant to come back for more this morning, unfortunatly the servers are down for Authonomy. Some notes that I took:
This is different. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace it moved at and the ideas therein
The writing is good, but I felt at times too much description
This is fascinating because it builds up what could have been going on in the background.
You must have done immense research to ensure you played this out right.
Backed
T.L Tyson-Seeking Eleanor

John Harold McCoy wrote 1565 days ago

Hi, Ray. Well this is certainly different. Good pitch. Read the into and 2 chapters. Not something I would get interested in but an intriguing approach/concept nonetheless. It will be interesting to see how this plays out on authonomy. I'll back it on originality and the excellent writing. On my shelf. Best of luck with it, Ray.

John Harold McCoy - Bramwell Valley

RWesley wrote 1565 days ago

Thanks for the comment, I'm waiting for your comment about the question you asked after you've consumed the book.

I remember several years ago when you first mentioned this project and I am excited to see that you are pretty close to the goal. This is the story of Job related to what we understand today about wealth and livestock. I can't wait to read the rest of the book to see what you have to say about Who God is and how we can relate to Him right now.

Fast Eddie wrote 1566 days ago

I remember several years ago when you first mentioned this project and I am excited to see that you are pretty close to the goal. This is the story of Job related to what we understand today about wealth and livestock. I can't wait to read the rest of the book to see what you have to say about Who God is and how we can relate to Him right now.

RWesley wrote 1566 days ago

Cricoy - Thanks for the note - Job is a great man to worship God for who He and not because of what He does.

Good stuff, Ray. Have recently spent some time thinking about Job and this helps. Trust many folks will take advantage of reading it. Blessings,
Carlos

RWesley wrote 1566 days ago

Cricoy - Thanks for the note - Job is a great man to worship God for who He and not because of what He does.

Good stuff, Ray. Have recently spent some time thinking about Job and this helps. Trust many folks will take advantage of reading it. Blessings,
Carlos

RWesley wrote 1566 days ago

Cricoy - Thanks for the note - Job is a great man to worship God for who He and not because of what He does.

Good stuff, Ray. Have recently spent some time thinking about Job and this helps. Trust many folks will take advantage of reading it. Blessings,
Carlos

RWesley wrote 1566 days ago

That's a great note - THANKS

I love it! It's not just because you are my uncle either!

cricoy wrote 1566 days ago

Good stuff, Ray. Have recently spent some time thinking about Job and this helps. Trust many folks will take advantage of reading it. Blessings,
Carlos

Chanda Rae wrote 1566 days ago

I love it! It's not just because you are my uncle either!

RWesley wrote 1567 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion - I've updated the font and hope this helps. Please let me know if there are problems!

Ray, I think you may be losing readers with this font. It's bloody horrible, I can't even look at it.
Thought I'd let you know. It really does hurt my eyes!

LittleDevil wrote 1578 days ago

Ray, I think you may be losing readers with this font. It's bloody horrible, I can't even look at it.
Thought I'd let you know. It really does hurt my eyes!

Rosali Webb wrote 1579 days ago

Ray
You've given this so much thought to swap it all into modern day like this and not have everyone either barefoot or sandled and keeping food in clay pots. Well done to you for the great thought, and smart writing. Backed
Rosali
Fieldtrip to Mars

Jupiter Echoes wrote 1587 days ago

Does Job get to see a dinosaur? The Behomoth. Proof that dinosaurs and man lived together!

I loved this. God is so great. He is in my life all the time, and guides me to write lovely stories. I cannot wait until the Battle of ARmeggedon.

Oh, yeh... your writing is great and your story is great..... and thank you for giving the world this.

BACKED


God bless you.

Francesco wrote 1589 days ago

Super work! It's right up my alley and it didn't disappoint.
Backed.

RWesley wrote 1589 days ago

Thanks for the comments, I've taken your suggestions and changed the font and the ending of the book description.

You are appreciated.

Ray

Ray

I read your loaded chapters one and two.....I cant read anymore, I wear variofoculs my eyes are jiving.......The font doesn't suit me......

I think this would make a brilliant film.....It's so well written, and original.....Fabulous premise and well delivered. Perfect balance of narration vis a vis dialogue.....I enjoyed the read very much.....

I would take the last line out of your pitch, dont tell us what the ending is.....

Shelved with congratulation for a job well done........

paxie wrote 1590 days ago

Ray

I read your loaded chapters one and two.....I cant read anymore, I wear variofoculs my eyes are jiving.......The font doesn't suit me......

I think this would make a brilliant film.....It's so well written, and original.....Fabulous premise and well delivered. Perfect balance of narration vis a vis dialogue.....I enjoyed the read very much.....

I would take the last line out of your pitch, dont tell us what the ending is.....

Shelved with congratulation for a job well done........

Onthedottedline wrote 1594 days ago

'God's the guy who doesn't answer your prayers' is a line I heard last night on TV, and your Job knows all about that, until the end of your story. Taking well-known biblical charaters, with their strong two-dimensional personalities, is a fascinating way to construct a novel. This is a moral tale of epic proportions, and I think it will have wide appeal, even to those who, like Einstein, dismissed religion as 'childish supertition'. You show that the oldest stories and most fundamental values still have mileage in today's world. Backed. Best wishes, Tony.

Betty K wrote 1594 days ago

I've only been able to read a little of this because of the font you are using. Is there no way you can upload in Times New Roman? I'm afraid this is very difficult to read; nevertheless I am very impressed with it. I use the example of Job myself in my novel "The Huguenot's Destiny" although not in a chapter I have uploaded here.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to love this story so am backing it now and hoping you will be able to improve the font.

Best wishes

Betty K "The Huguenot's Destiny"

P.S. If you decide to read mine, I'd love you to read chapter 4. Would like your take on it.

Andrew W. wrote 1595 days ago

Job: The Finest Man In All Earth

Hi Ray,

What an interesting idea, a kind of behind the scenes look at a major biblical tale. I don’t do religion, but I can recognize a great idea when I see one. There is a light and gentle humour here and a sense of a fable unpacked, for us to see the details behind what we know happened. You have written a compact and intriguing tale and surprisingly, even though we know the ending, you have managed to make it quite compelling as well.

Best wishes and good luck, happy to support your book.
Andrew W
(Sanctuary’s Loss)

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