I Am Job

by Effiong E. Ibok



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/16/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781449043544
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781449043537

About the Book

This book deals with the age-old question of why the righteous suffer. The central theme is not finding an intellectual answer to the question but assisting the sufferer survive the experience. It is my opinion that during the experi­ence, knowing why one suffers even if it were possible to do more than speculate, in no way helps alleviate the pain. What the book concentrates upon is how the person can sur­vive the experience with as little damage to his faith as possible. The form adopted is that of a collection of stories of God-fearing men under trial, recited in first person narratives. The emphasis is on the way they handled their problems and how they got out of them. Some of the stories are based on real life experiences. The first is an adaptation of the book of Job. It is written as a narration by Job, reflecting on his trial many years after the experience. The second is based on the experiences of a Nebraskan farmer upon the loss of his farm. His endurance and recovery is treated. The third is that of a Christian Jew. It details his emotional and material trials after his conversion.Although he was beset by doubts and uncertainties in this rather unique situation, he survived with his faith intact. The story treats how each handled his misfortune and how each made decisions they had to under stress and how they survived with their faith intact. In conclusion, the predominant purpose is surviving a trial. In suffering, not to ask God “why?”, but to ask Him “how?”, and to trust Him. We should concentrate on praying for the strength to endure that which has befallen us and to come through it stronger than we were before.

About the Author

            Dr. Effiong Ibok has a PhD in Engineering.  In his professional career, he has multiple publications and 60 patents. However, he has been a born again Christian since 1968 when he was a teenager in high school. He felt the urge to write this book after morning devotion on June 8th, 1983 perhaps building on the theme “Must man condemn God that he might be righteous?” that came to him after morning devotion in May of that same year.

The author grew up in a small village in Nigeria and lived through the civil war as a teenager. In spite of the disruptions of the civil war, he managed to come to the United States on full scholarship at the age of 21 and three years later, got his first Engineering degree with honors. He proceeded to an Ivy League school for graduate studies and four years later received his PhD in Engineering.

As a teenager, he was actively involved in Evangelical Crusade Ministries. During this time, he wrote two plays: “Bonfire X” and “As in the Days of Noah”. Apocalyptic plays given to crusade teams as ministerial aids. In the summer of 1974, he wrote “Time’s End”, an apocalyptic book drawn with great faithfulness from the Book of Revelations and from the perspective of someone who was narrating an eyewitness account of the events from the Beginning of Sorrows to the end of the Millennium of Peace. His next book, “The Custodians”, a historical fiction based extremely loosely on the history of the United States was written in 1984.