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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Review: "A Spectacle of Glory"

Joni Eareckson Tada’s latest devotional, A Spectacle of Glory:  God’s Light Shining through Me Every Day, is a humble and readable devotional of assurance that the Sovereign God of Creation uses His people through their sufferings.
Tada references John Newton’s idea that some Christians are called to suffer as “spectacles of glory” – as burning bushes which are not consumed (7).  This is possible as Christians individually affirm the Sovereignty of God and His loving care of His people, whatever might befall us from His Hand.
Each one-page daily devotion begins with the date and a Scriptural reference, followed by a short meditation and a prayer.  All of these point not to God’s failings in the suffering of His people, but how He glorifies Himself through their suffering – and the joy – “while despising the shame” – that can be experienced as a “spectacle of glory.”
Tada’s writing is that of own who knows of what she writes, submits to her God, and cares for her readers.
The one thing I would change in future additions would be to have the Scripture written out.  Having the reference at the top of the page with the date without the text makes it too easy to skip and just read the reflection.
[This review appears on my blog and on  I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.]

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