I read this book yesterday in one sitting, along with the Rober Alter translation from his book "The Wisdom" book. The book was actually written by two people, spererated in time. The first part, which he calls the fable, is short and focuses in on God's bet with Satan. The second part he calls the poem and deals with the extended discussions between Job and his three friends. Rabbi Kushner writes thoughtfully and graciously---he has his view of the meaning of Job but never impugns other views(the next to last chapter provides a useful summary of divergent views. I understand the Rabbi to be saying this:God is all powerful but in the realm of Nature(floods, hurricanes etc) and in the realm of nature with a small "n"(some being genetically blessed, others not) he has ceded control to a random universe. But, and here is the key, in these areas God expects us to be collaborators(my word, not the Rabbi's). He movingly talks about a sermon he gave in New Orleans, where he explained that the residents should not take the calamity as a sign of God's hate because it simply is what it is:a Natural disaster. The more important point is what animated so many to sacrifice for others, using their own boats to rescue their neighbors. He answers:It comes from God and his expectation that we collaborate with Him in buiding a word of justice and decency. The Creator gives us the opportunity to do so. We need only take it. Rabbi Kushner's book is challenging and strecthes the reader, but it is not obtuse nor high handed. A beautiful book to be read again and again.