I was particularly ready at the time Eric Whitfield shared this book—his first—with me.
My father-in-law had just died, and my wife, my daughters and I were in Wyoming for his funeral. Andy was a good friend. I'll always remember his gentle support throughout the years of joys and trauma we shared—but he had suffered. It was Andy's time to go—and Death came as a friend.
Harold Kushner's two books—When Bad Things Happen to Good
People, and How Good Do We Have to Be—comforted me. Kushner observed that
"Our memories give immortality to those we love."
Relationships don't die as our bodies do.
Eric Whitfield's The Job is an extraordinarily poignant vehicle for this message. As I read this short book, threads of imagery began to pull together in the middle and when I came to the end, the message hit home, as an emotional wave I should have seen building engulfed me.
There is a purpose and a time for everything.
If you have lost someone close to you, it is a time for you to read The Job, or perhaps it is a time to give this book to someone you love.
Robert J. Banis, PhD
St. Louis Missouri, July, 2001
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