Joe B. enjoys the sweet life as a vice president at Universal Whirligig. Then one day he arrives at his job only to find he's been demoted to the mailroom, with no explanation nor warning. Joe B. downsizes his hope right in to the circular file as he tries to meet with the Big Boss, and receives advice from some of the worst friends ever. "The Job" tells a modern parable of ancient troubles and truths.
Craig Davis was born and bred in Memphis, Tenn., during the dying days of Jim Crow, what Flannery O'Connor called the Christ-Haunted South. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at University of Missouri, he toiled for 20 years in various newsrooms as a columnist, designer, artist and cartoonist. Writing fiction since 2004, he has produced four novels and a number of short stories, essays and Bible studies. Davis is currently working on a new collection of Christian Gothic short stories, to be titled "Red Hair Rising," one story from which is represented by the video above. He has two grown daughters and a dog who refuses to grow up, and was once wrestled to the ground by a set of bagpipes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Creative Word Weaving
ByAnnie Douglass Limaon April 18, 2013
Craig Davis has a fun and hilarious writing style, in which he puts words together in unusual ways to create unexpected but effective images in the reader's mind. Anyone who enjoys seeing the English language creatively used is bound to enjoy this book!And if you start the book without reading the description, or (like myself) so long after downloading it that you don't remember what it's about, you're in for a treat. I took the story at face value until 30% of the way through, and then I suddenly "got it". After that, all sorts of cleverly-planted details (like the characters' names) started jumping out at me, making me laugh in delight every time I discovered something knew that fit the deeper meaning.A few of the long stretches of dialogue did start to get a little tedious, but then, it was that way in the "real" story, too. This is still an excellent book, and I highlighted a lot of my favorite parts just so I can look back sometime and read the fun phrasing. Thank you, Craig Davis, for such an enjoyable read!
"Serious topics and themes deftly and engagingly handled."
"Uses humor to make a philosophical and Christian point."
"Clever, smart, insightful and well written ... impressed with the level of wit."
"Mandatory reading for any Christian."