28 September 2011

Diana's Corner - Book Review of Joab's Fire by Lynn Squire

Joab's Fire - 
A Distant Hope 

by Lynn Squire

5 stars *****

Powerful and Thought Provoking!

From the pen of Lynn Squire comes the powerfully moving tale that parallels the Biblical book of Job, Joab's Fire. 

Joab Black, a righteous man, in the eyes of God and his community, and his wife Sarah, establish a prosperous farm in Alberta, Canada, in the year 1903. Then in one sweep, Joab and Sarah lose everything except one another. In the midst of his intense pain, and tremendous loss, Joab regrets the day he was ever born, but refuses to lose his trust in the sovereignty of God. Although his wife urges him in her terrible state of grief to curse God and die, and his friends wonder what sin he has committed to bring this on himself, Joab never loses his faith in God.

Sergeant Dixon, a Mounted Police officer, is determined to get to the bottom of these horrendous events that have happened to his good friend Joab, feeling that a stranger's arrival in town has something to do with them. In his search he finds more than he bargains for...pride, stubborness, brokeness, and a bitterness in his heart against God. Who is this stranger and why does he excude such evil, but have the power to attract the townsfolk? What hold does he have over Dixon? In the midst of all the turmoil in Dixon's life and in the lives of his friends, will he find love with a Godly woman and peace for his soul?

In this powerfully moving, thought-provoking novel, Lynn Squire seeks to answer the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"   And why are God's children sometimes allowed to suffer? 

Lynn sheds new light on the book of Job and what it must have been like for his wife, who we are so quick to judge for her words that were spoken in the throes of grief. I was moved to tears at the restoration power and mercy of God at the conclusion of this book. 

This is not the type of book I normally read, as I'm into the whole historical fiction, romance novel thing, but I feel I'm a better person for having read this book. A more thankful person...a blessed person

Thank you, Lynn Squire, for this beautifully written, anointed book and for staying true to your calling.

Giveaway:  Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win a copy of this new release!  


  1. Thanks, Carrie, for posting....beautiful job as always, and thanks to Lynn for her obedience to God in writing such a wonderful novel.

  2. Lovely job with the review, Diana. Am going over to CQ to put up the link.

  3. Diana, thank you! I'm in awe by what you wrote and how God worked. I'm so grateful that you took a chance on this story, when it isn't your normal read.

    To God be all glory and honor and praise. Without His Word (the Bible), I would not have been able to write this book. Without Him sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins, to be buried, and to rise again, I would not have known Him and the power of His Word, and would not have been able to write this book.

  4. A wonderful interview.
    This sounds like a book you read and are never same afterwards. I look forward to reading it.

  5. Hi Shirley, Yes, it sounds like this is a deeply moving and spiritually impacting book. Lynn has an amazing ministry and is a deep thinking person who never wavers in her commitment to serving Christ in her writing.

  6. Good to see you, Shirley! While reading this book I was reminded that no matter what we go through in our lives, there is always someone going through something much worse. Even that being the case, God is mindful of our trials, big, small, or in between!

  7. This book has a sweetness about it that reminds me or discovering the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. Was life ever that good again? Best of luck to you with this book.

  8. Thank you, Anne for your encouraging comment to Lynn; I know she will appreciate it very much! I hope you will come back and leave an email address so that we can locate you should you win the drawing!

  9. Anne, thank you! Shirley, I hope you enjoy it and pray God will bless you.

  10. I'm looking forward to reading this and know Lynn's heart, a heart for God, will shine through.

  11. Yes, Carla, it truly does shine through...such an anointed book and one I know you will really enjoy reading!

  12. We see so few books set in Canada. May this one do well for you and for the Kingdom, Lynn.
    leanne (at) leannehardy (dot) net

  13. Thank you, LeAnne.

    Carla, May God bless you!

  14. Nice to see you on OTT, LeAnne, and thank you for your kind words to Lynn.

  15. Congrats to LeAnne! You have won a copy of Joab's Fire!


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