The Book of Joe Bob

Told by Megan Hicks

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photo credit: Jack Abgott
photo credit: Jack Abgott

I wrote this story about twenty years ago. It came about one full moon night when I was sitting around a fire with a bunch of other women and one of my friends said, “When Job was enduring his travails, I wonder what his wife was going through. Nobody talks about that.” I decided it was time somebody did.

The book of Job has always been a tough nut for me. It’s a story where God seems mercurial and … well … mean.

This is one of those performance pieces I call a “knee knocker.” I’m afraid I’ll deeply offend somebody … in the audience or in the firmament. So far, though, lightning hasn’t struck me. And one member of the clergy has told me he found in this story “resounding confirmation of the canon.” Confirmation or repudiation — that’s not my aim here. I just wanted to write and tell a solid, strong, true rip snorter of a tale.

About Megan

Megan Hicks’ storytelling enchants children, inner children, imaginary friends and grownups – all at the same time. A favorite of audiences and festival organizers throughout the U.S., she is also a three-time solo touring artist in Latin America with Dream On Productions. Megan is author, producer and performer of three critically acclaimed spoken word audios and two limited edition audio projects. You can read her blogs at and, and you can sample her storytelling at

Contact Megan

phone: 540-371-6775

3 thoughts on “The Book of Joe Bob”

  1. This is one of my favorite, and yet haunting, stories of Megan’s. When I first heard it, I walked around for weeks with this in my head. Was this an affront to my faith, I asked myself? I found that answer pretty quickly, “no.” Did it challenge the way I thought of the book of Job? Yes, because I never looked at the wife but in the periphery, and I certainly never thought of if I could forgive and forget if all my children were killed. This story made me look at stories I have heard forever just a little more closer and notice the people in them that I didn’t always see. Thank you, Megan.

    1. Sheila — Thanks for your perspective. I’m remembering why I can’t tolerate horror and slasher stories — because I can’t get around the idea that every cameo character and every walk-on extra is some mother’s child.

  2. My favorite Megan Hicks story. I can listen to it again and again and never get tired of it. This story makes me see the Biblical book of Job through new eyes.

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