Beside Bethesda, a devotional by Joni Tada, is a wonderful book.
I knew it would be a good one, but I had no idea that the truth in it would dazzle me so thoroughly.
I think it would be impossible to read this book and not feel your heavy heart lifting.
Reading this is like turning your face into a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit. She overflows with the Courage of Christ, the Love of Christ, the Hope of Christ, and the Confidence only found in Christ.
When I read her writing, I see somebody who has clothed themselves completely in Christ- who works out of His strength, speaks His words to the world, and leans on His grace for everything.
When Joni promises that God will draw near us when we cry, and will be sufficient in all our weaknesses, that He'll never leave us nor forsake us, these are truths she owns.
They're more than just verses. They're her life.
And the Savior that has given her a smile and a song and spirit of gratitude after 47 years in a wheelchair, that Savior knows and loves us too.
Joni isn't one of those people who make empty promises about earthly happiness.
Sometimes life isn't going to be happy, but how do you keep that fact from making you entirely negative? Joni points us to joy that begins and ends in the Presence of God.
She doesn't promise us ease in our life, because some of it won't be easy. How do we keep from giving up? Joni points us to rest in the arms of our Good Shepherd.
Whether you're suffering is physical pain today or an aching heart or broken dreams, let Joni come beside you and tell you about her Friend. He's a good Friend to have, and almost five decades of life with quadriplegia have taught her that "It is worth anything to be His Friend."
I am grateful to Tyndale Blog Network for my review copy.