Mesu Andrews: Looking for Mrs. Job
An old-fashioned case of curiosity is exactly what propelled Mesu Andrews’ latest novel, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell), into motion.
After searching though a slew of Bible commentaries for details about Job’s wife, Mesu not only began wondering why she wasn’t mentioned in more detail, but also started investigating a bit more about Job himself. “I tried to find out if anyone named Job’s wife, because there are certain mysterious women mentioned in Scripture that are made even more mysterious by their anonymity,” Mesa shares. “Job’s wife is one of those women.
“As I delved further into Job’s story, I became more intrigued with his attitude—and God’s response to his attitude. I have struggled with fibromyalgia since 1997 and daily migraines since 2005, so I know a little bit about suffering. As I let Scripture teach me, I learned some encouraging truths about God’s intimate relationship with those who suffer.”
In Love Amid the Ashes, the story of stalwart faith in the midst of trying circumstances is woven together by using Job's story, along with the account of those in Esau's tribe and Jacob's daughter, Dinah, the focal point for this fascinating story that explores familiar biblical passages in a new way. —Christa A. Banister