Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Why Did I Lose My Job if God Loves Me by Rick J. Pritikin

Why Did I Lose My Job if God Loves Me by Rick J. Pritikin, is a timely 31 day devotional targeted for those who are unemployed, jobless and discouraged.  This small 143 page devotional book is part of the "once a-day" series of topical devotionals.  Each bite sized devotional includes a relevant biblical verse, a page or two sized devotional and plenty of lined journal space for the reader to record his own thoughts.  This is more than a book, but rather an empowering devotional series.  Using biblical illustrations and his own personal experiences of being unemployed, the author addresses the difficult issues that the jobless face.  These real world issues include financial crisis, such as losing one's home or apartment as a result of the inability to pay the mortgage or rent. Other issues include relationship issues as families and spouses fight and are torn apart due to joblessness.  Self esteem issues are forefront as the months and maybe years tick away without a job prospect and as the financial problems escalate.  This realistic book addresses the worst fears of the unemployed and invites the reader to explore his fears as well.  Yet this book isn't about self pity or pity parties.  Nor is this book about simply commiserating with the depressed out of work reader.  This author brings up important issues that are practical as well as spiritual in not only finding a new job but in increasing one's relationship with God through the word of God.  In fact, even losing one's job can have a greater purpose as trial leads to increased spiritual dependence and God and strength.  This is not simply a book to read passively, but to follow.  The scripture is worthy of memorizing and the points are essential to meditate on as well as journal about.  To get the most out of this book, the reader should really make use of the full pages available for writing notes.  This could even serve as a springboard to keep a daily journal. Relevant spiritually and practically I wish this book was available in every unemployment office.  As a blogger for booksneeze I received this book published by Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing this review.

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