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Consider The Ostrich: Unlocking the Book of Job and the Blessing of Suffering is an intriguing Christian work penned by Scott Douglas. Challenging the notion that the Bible began with the story of creation, Douglas asserts that it began with the theme of grief and that the Book of Job is the first book of the Bible. This groundbreaking idea contradicts the popular belief that Christianity promises a life of joy and prosperity. In his book, Douglas examines the life of Job and his struggle to cope with his suffering, while providing a thorough analysis of the Book of Job's themes and messages. Douglas confronts the "ostrich in the room," acknowledging that belief in God does not guarantee a life free from adversity. Simply put, bad things can happen to good people.
Scott Douglas’ Consider The Ostrich is a must-read for Christians and non-Christians alike especially those who are dealing with suffering in life. Written casually, reading this book is like having a conversation with the author as he offers insights on how to deal with life’s sufferings. The title is thought-provoking and the account is easy to read. This book helps readers find meaning in misery and the role of faith during these trying times. I find the conversation with Job’s so-called friends witty and relatable making this an engaging read. Exhorting his readers to surrender to God and to let God be in control, Scott Douglas is a persuasive writer who doesn’t sound preachy. Highly recommended!