“Tragedy Transformed” Judges’ Comments


Last week, Tragedy Transformed: How Job’s Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours made the Finals in the fourth annual Cascade Awards Writing Contest  conducted by the Oregon Christian Writers. I felt honored to have my book judged high enough to become one of three Finalists in 2015 published non-fiction works. Three judges commented:

For Counselors As Well As Sufferers

I am privileged to have read this expose on the Book of Job by one who holds a PhD, whose expertise is in theology and counseling, as well as in pastoral experience. The blending of these specialties brings a rich teaching on the Book of Job to parallel human suffering, recovery, and transformation…This book should be marketed to counselors, pastors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists …as well as to any person who has faced tragedy, or anyone who has a desire to help other sufferers. As Christians, none of us are exempt from suffering, so the market is very broad for this subject.

No Simplistic Answers

Great writing with sensitivity, never patronizing, no simplistic answers. A REALISTIC perspective toward sadness and tragedy that honors our hurts, while offering hope for strength and growth. Excellent discussion questions. Good selection of stories and anecdotes. Showing the growth and experiences of the same people throughout the book has GREAT advantages.

Great Wisdom

This book on Job is excellent. It covers the questions we ask when our lives are in turmoil. This is an easy book to read with great wisdom.


About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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