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Remember Joni Eareckson? I first heard about her during my youth. She was a teen who had a diving accident, breaking her neck and becoming a quadriplegic. I read her original book, Joni, and was impressed by her strong Christian faith, and also by the way she taught herself to do amazing pieces of artwork while holding a pencil in her mouth.
Joni is still around (and married, so her name is now Joni Eareckson Tada). She has recently written a devotional book, A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining through Me Every Day.
Spectacle of Glory
From the moment I opened this devotional, I really liked it.
First of all, I like its size. It’s small, pretty much the same size and thickness of “Jesus Calling,” another devotional I love. There’s a brief (one page) devotional for each day of the year. Joni makes great points in these devotional readings. For instance, one that resonated with me focused on 2 Corinthians 4:17. That’s the verse that says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
Joni suggests that we take encouragement from this: our troubles are working for us, really “achieving” something. I liked that thought! Many of the devotions are like that. When Joni says something, it tends to carry weight with me, due to the difficulties she has lived with for most of her life. I’m sure we all have real-life or online friends who complain a lot. And sometimes we (well, assuming you’re like me) tend to roll our eyes, thinking that their griping seems pretty petty. Not so with Joni. She has earned her wisdom — and I’m appreciative of her sharing it.
A Spectacle of Glory would make a nice gift for anyone, really, and a great way to start out a new year.
Have you read anything by Joni? I know she’s written several books. What is your favorite?