Joni Eareckson Tada’s story is well known among evangelicals. In 1967, at the age of seventeen, a diving accident left her as a quadriplegic. This led to struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, and a crisis of faith. Two years later, Tada emerged from the darkness to become an artist, a Christian speaker and author. She is respected for strong and enduring testimony and she is a tireless advocate for the disabled. Her openness about her own struggles with depression, chronic pain and doubt has encouraged millions. Tada’s latest book, A Spectacle of Glory, is a 365-day, daily devotional designed to help readers put God’s glory on display, even in the midst of difficult, trying circumstance.
These daily devotions consist of a Scripture verse reference (occasionally a version of the Bible suggested), a couple of paragraphs reflection and exhortation and a short prayer. The scripture references consist of one to three Bible verses for each day. As someone who enjoys studying the Bible, I don’t usually go for the daily-verse type devotionals; however the brevity of these devotions is one of its best features. I have friends who have suffered from chronic pain, Parkinson’s, or have undergone mind-addling medical treatment. This zaps their energy and destroys their ability to concentrate for longer periods. Reading long swaths of Scripture or doing deep study is not feasible. What they need is an encouraging word. in the midst of their circumstance.
And Tada delivers. With more than fifty years of faithful Christian service as a quadriplegic, she speaks with integrity about what it means to persevere, our strong hope and the robust character of Christian joy. If you are in the market for a devotional in 2017, this may be a good choice.
Note: I received this book from Handlebar media in exchange for my honest review.