What happens when “God’s Man” seems to be abandoned by God? Telecommunications industry CEO Wilson McCann is known as “God’s Man” in his community and his industry. But when a series of disasters threaten to overwhelm him, those closest to McCann begin to wonder if God has abandoned him. In addition to the financial, family and physical pain that he endures, a mysterious recluse blocks every opportunity for him to rise above his situation and a hired killer targets him. Like a modern day Job, McCann looks for God amid the pain and wreckage of his life. He seeks answers to the questions we all ask in times of trial. At the same time, mysterious forces from his past are taking his measure.
WHY I WROTE “THE INVESTMENT”
By Bob Zinnecker
A question that is often asked these days is, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Books have been written trying to answer this question. The question is more pointed when the person undergoing trials is a person of faith.
I’ve endured trials during my life. Managing large business operations in multiple locations over my career as well as our family’s financial, physical, relationship and spiritual trials often brought me to my knees. The kinds of things we and others face come to us irrespective of position in life, education, wealth, age or any other measure.
Over sixty five year ago, I watched my father, a good Christian, go through an accident which brought pain for the rest of his life. In 2011, I was undergoing intense pain from a back problem that took months to diagnose. The pain was like no other I had ever experienced. At the same time, I participated in a study of the book of Job, found in the Bible. As we discussed Job’s trials, it became clear that here was a man who is described in the Bible as “blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil” who suffered the loss of his family, his possessions and his health. He was forced to endure the criticisms of four “friends” who came to offer their opinions as to why this was happening to him. Finally, Job cries out to God and even God takes him to task before He renews His relationship with Job.
I am not pretending to be a modern day Job but I have experienced situations where despite my faith, there were times when I felt that God had abandoned me. In 2011, as my painful back situation became almost unbearable I cried out to God and, out of the darkness he answered me with a verse from the 42nd Psalm: “Why are you in despair, oh my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God for I shall yet praise Him.”
I had back fusion surgery in early 2012 which rescued me from my painful nightmare. In 2015, I began to write The Investment, a tale of “God’s Man” who experiences financial, physical and family trials and whose friends wonder if God has some reason for abandoning him. I hope the story of how he handles these situations will give my readers hope when they experience similar trials in their own lives.