Literary Pursuits

Review: A Spectacle of Glory

Usually when I share a book review it’s for a book I’ve finished. This time, I’ll admit, I have not yet read the whole book. That’s because it’s a daily devotional book, meant to be read throughout the year. Another thing that’s unusual about this review is that I don’t often use a devotional book. I know they are quite popular, but it’s just not a format I usually care for. I think maybe because the readings are so short (one page or so).

However, when I was offered a free copy of A Spectacle of Glory in exchange for my honest review, I decided to give it a try. Why? Because the author is Joni Eareckson Tada, someone I really admire and whose writing I appreciate. I remember first reading Joni’s story when I was in junior high school in the late 1970s. At that time Joni had been in her wheelchair for over 10 years. I couldn’t imagine. By now, it’s been close to 50 years and that just blows my mind. What is even more impressive to me is how she ministers to others. I’ve read several of her books and I’m always encouraged.

A Spectacle of Glory is no exception. The subtitle is “God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day.” That is what I’m striving for, so I look forward to working my way through this devotional book in 2017. It’s a pretty little hardback book. It’s compact size and attractive cover are just perfect for leaving it out within reach on a side table.

Each day has a scripture reference to start with, usually 1-4 verses, followed by some thoughts from Joni, and then a short prayer. I’ve read a few pages already for the purpose of this review, and because I couldn’t resist getting a taste of it before New Year’s. My plan is to use this alongside a journal where I’ll write out the verses for each day. I’ve found writing out scripture is the perfect way to practice my hand-lettering skills as well as reinforce the truth of scripture in my mind.

This book would make a thoughtful gift or be a lovely addition to a “quiet time” gift basket– perhaps with a special mug, a box of tea, a blank journal, and a nice pen.

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