Although Joab’s Fire is set in Canada’s Northwest Territories in 1903, the story itself is far older, predating Christianity by roughly 4000 years. It’s a cleverly written modern rendition of the story of Job.
Lynn wove the lives of two men, Joab Black, who suffered from all the same arrows Satan aimed at Job, and Sgt. Clarence Dixon, who watched his struggle. Dixon, an official in the Northwest Mounted Police, is haunted by a past he believes God will never forgive him of. And as he watches Joab’s suffering, he no longer cares. If such a righteous man can suffer such atrocities, there either isn’t a God, or God isn’t just. Either way, Dixon insulates himself from the still, soft voice calling him to repentance and salvation.
Although she currently lives in California, Lynn was raised on a farm in southern Alberta, Canada where she “spent her days playing a pioneer or a character from a book (and every so often succumbing to her parents’ work ethic).” She chose the setting based on her great grandparents’ struggle to settle the wild and vast land. The occurrences in the book are actual events in Western Canadian history. Lynn did her research, and did a wonderful job blending Canadian history with the ancient story of Job to come up with a page-turner of a novel.
Because of its compelling story, Joab’s Fire won a spot in the Canopy Bookstore. I’m anxious to present Lynn’s book to festival-loving Texans during the coming months!
You can learn more about Lynn at her site Lynn Squire, Author, Speaker.