Last summer I reviewed the above book, and the review is now available here:
Review of Layton Talbert, Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job. Trinity Journal 28 (2007): 298–300.
After summarizing the book, the review highlights six strengths:
- “Its method is robustly expositional and contextual.”
- “Its theology is integrated with the big picture of the book and canon.”
- “Its organization is easy to follow.”
- “Its illustrations and applications are appropriate and practical.”
- “Its writing style is colorfully expressive and engaging.”
- “Its tone is warm and passionate, not cold or sterile.”
“I would be remiss not to mention my relationship to Talbert. He was my professor for six undergraduate courses and four seminary courses, one of my oral examiners for my doctoral comprehensive exams in 2005, a final reader for my dissertation, and a groomsman in my wedding. He dedicates Beyond Suffering to two couples and in memory of two children. One of those couples is my parents, and one of those children is my youngest brother Michael, who was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma cancer in 1998 at age three and died in 2002 at age six. God used Talbert to minister the message of Job to my family when we needed it most. With the publication of Beyond Suffering, Talbert can now minister the message of Job to a much wider audience.”
Related MP3s: Dr. Talbert recently preached a couple short series on Job that summarize his book (but are not a substitute for it!).
- “Job: Learning to Trust a Sovereign God” (May 21-24, 2006; Morning Star Baptist Church)
- “Beyond Suffering” (Nov. 16-18, 2007; West Ashley Independent Baptist Church)