I just got finished watching Crip Camp on Netflix, a documentary about the disability movement that occurred in the 70’s the fight for civil rights for people who are disabled. It was moving and I highly recommend it.
From Goodreads: Why do bad things happen to good people? Middle School gym teacher Joseph Bustamante more than reflects upon this ageless question, he demands an answer! And for good cause. There’s nobody nicer, more polite, and kind in all of Uz, yet in an unrelenting span of three weeks he loses his girlfriend, family, home, job, friends – everything – as he helplessly watches his life spiral out-of-control. Within this whimsical, darkly comic, and ultimately uplifting, modern-day retelling of The Book of Job, this gentle, big-hearted lug is forced by circumstance to stand-up and confront the universal truths that affect us all. Joe B: A Love Story starkly presents one innocent man’s rise, fall, and fall some more, as his remarkable spiritual journey leads him to not only question but challenge the core injustices of this world. Yes, Joe B is brought to the brink and he won’t take it anymore! He demands an explanation for his suffering. And, like it or not, he’s gonna get it.
So small confession: I am not religious (are you shocked?) and although I know a few biblical stories, I am a bit ignorant about the Book of Job. In fact, up until about three years ago I thought Job was pronounced job, like a job well done. I did get the general gist of Job’s story though, so once I realized that that was what The Book of Joe B was about I kind of got what the author was going for and maybe if I was more religiously educated I’d appreciate the story more…but I just didn’t enjoy it. At all. At least it was short.
I gave this a two out of five stars.