The Job by Craig Davis
Craig Davis is a fun loving and happy guy who has written a wonderful book–more on that in a moment. All I can find about him is that he grew up (and I believe still lives) in Memphis, TN. He graduated from Mizzou with both his bachelor’s and graduate degrees. To let us in on his sense of humor, he wrote on the back of his book, “he was once wrestled to the ground by a set of bagpipes.” To which I reply, “There are some things best left unsaid, brother!” LOL.
The Job is an allegory that teaches perhaps two of the most important lessons in life–you really do not have as much control as you think you do and you do not always get your questions to life’s difficulties answered to your satisfaction. And that is alright.
Joe B. has got it going on. He has climbed his ladder at Universal Whirligig to become a Vice President known for his technological prowess. Unbeknownst to Joe B., Luci Fernandez, Executive Officer in Charge of Outgoing Prescription Drug Claims Oversight is a jealous sort and has it in for Joe B. After a shuffling of statistics and a comment or two questioning Joe B’s integrity, the Big Boss allows Luci to do whatever to Joe B. except fire him.
Demoted to the mail room, Joe B. seeks an audience with the Big Boss while being given advice freely from his so-called friends. His wife gets fed up with the situation, but does not leave him though she complains daily. Through it all, Joe B. perseveres (and gains a new found respect for the stairs in his office building). After numerous creative attempts to meet the Big Boss, the Big Boss finally “will see Joe B.”–on a day he was not expecting it.
Aside from the extraordinarily long titles of jobs held at Universal Whirligig, The Job, is a creative and entertaining read. It will keep your interest through to the end as you really want to know what more can happen to Joe B. The conversations will agitate you as much as they do Joe B. What is more impressive is the deep theological truths underlying this allegorical story.
I honestly could not put The Job down. As I read it, my mind wandered to those friends I have that enjoy a good story but are not believers. This resource would be enjoyed by them and would very easily open the door for a solid gospel conversation. Hopefully, the reader will realize what exactly this book is based upon.