Gary Fong had a busy day planned on the morning of June 4, 2007. In fact, when a call came from the human resources department at his newspaper, Gary said he needed 10 minutes to transmit photos to a New York client before meeting with them.
“I hung up the phone and said, ‘Lord, you’re moving me today, aren’t you?’”
At the meeting that followed, Gary Fong was informed that his career with The San Francisco Chronicle was ending. After 32 years as a photographer, director of photography and director of editorial graphics technology at the Chronicle, Gary needed to be out by the end of the day — another victim of the contracting newspaper business. He spent most of that day frantically wrapping up a book project he had been putting together on deadline.
When Dallas Kinney interviewed for his first journalism job at a small, daily newspaper in Iowa, his portfolio reflected his time studying under Ansel Adams. His formal schooling was atypical for journalism as well: a dramatic-arts degree from the University of Iowa.
The owner of the newspaper was deeply involved in the local community theater, though, which had just begun work on The Music Man. So Kinney’s course of study turned out to be the perfect preparation.
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” — Job 2:4-6 (NIV)
One of the oldest books of the Bible embraces some of the most poignant and pressing issues in all of Scripture, asking questions with a very modern feel: What are we to think when things suddenly go badly? Are we always at fault for our own troubles? Where is God when things are at their worst?