A Spectacle of Glory: Review

A Spectacle of Glory: God's Light Shining through Me Every Day.

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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?

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6 thoughts on “A Spectacle of Glory: Review

  1. I read her biography years ago. I was amazed at how she was able to work through her depression after having become a quadriplegic. And if I’m not mistaken, she’s also had cancer in more recent years. God has really used her, and you don’t hear “Woe is me” coming from her.

  2. Many years ago, I read one of her books. I marvel at her artistic ability and how she accomplishes it. What a wonderful person she is.

  3. Each of us have our cross to bear. I’ve heard numerous times if we each sat around a campfire and tossed out our biggest grief, after we have gone around the entire circle of people sharing their grief, we each would decide the grief we carry is the one we choose to keep – that ours may not be as bad as the person to our right and left. . .

  4. I read her biography years ago and then an updated one recently. One book of hers I really got lot out of was When Is It Right to Die? I’m not sure if it is in print any more. It was about the difference between sustaining life and prolonging death and why euthanasia is wrong and related issues. I also loved Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story about their marriage and struggles. As you say, her words carry weight because of what she has been through. If anyone had a “right,” humanly speaking, to complain, it would be her. But though she talks frankly about her struggles, I’ve never heard self-pity from her.

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