Comfort, Ray. God Speaks: Finding Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness – Life Lessons from the Biblical Book of Job. Ventura: Regal Books, 2013. 224 pp. $12.99. Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.
I have reviewed a number of Ray Comfort’s books and resources. Most of them deal with evangelism, but he has recently started to spread his wings so to speak with ventures into the field of apologetics with titles like Made in Heaven and now going very pastoral in God Speaks. By far, and I do not think he would want it any other way, Ray is most known for his evangelism series, The Way of the Master.
Divided into 22 chapters covering the entirety of the Book of Job, Ray applies the principles of the Life and tragedies of Job to the modern reader. To keep the reader’s mind squarely on the text of the Bible as Comfort seeks to teach it, every chapter’s title is “Job and…” Some titles include a look at karma, salvation, moral relativism, Lady Gage, Idolatry, Lust, the Holocaust, and even dinosaurs.
After reading the text of the book, you will want to read the Epilogue which is aptly subtitled, Save Yourself Some Pain. Here, Ray brings everything together and explains how we can truly save ourselves unnecessary pain by continuing to seek the Lord Jesus Christ and what living a life set apart for Him looks like.
Job is one of my favorite books to read when I am dealing with trials, tribulations, and tragedies. God Speaks is written with the care of a pastor as well as the experience of a sinful human who he himself has clung to the truths found particularly in the Book of Job. While dealing with 22 different subjects, Ray offers much hope through his understanding of Scripture in each and every chapter.
The reader might only want to read a chapter here and there, and that can be done effectively, but the pay off is when you read this work cover to cover and culminate with the epilogue. After reading it like that, you will be better equipped to not only deal with your own trials and tragedies but be able to point others to the hope you have in the midst of their own hopeless situations. That being said, this will be a resource that you should first read cover to cover and then go back during specific times in your life and read the individual chapters.
Finally, given the length of the chapters, this work could be read devotionally as well.
You will want to own a couple copies of this book because after you read it, you will probably want to give your copy away! Ray speaks directly to the heart with God Speaks because Ray deals directly with the Word of God as he seeks to instruct and teach and edify the saints to biblically deal with trials and tribulations. A superb book that is must reading for anyone who has ever suffered through a tragedy or will suffer through a tragedy.