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Book Review: The Power to Be

“If I keep my attention on my problems and heartaches they become overwhelming to me and tend to control my life. But if I fix my thoughts on God, he becomes magnified in my heart and mind, and I’m reminded of who he is and what he’s able to do.”

So writes Twila Belk in her newest devotional, The Power to Be: A 40-Day Devotional: Be Still, Be Grateful, Be Strong, Be Courageous. 

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This lovely little book doesn’t have to be utilized as a 40-day devotional. I finished it in one evening, copying down quotes from Twila that inspired or encouraged me. I have the same wall plaque she mentions hanging in her living room, though mine is in my bedroom.

Happy moments- praise God. Difficult moments- seek God. Quiet moments- worship God. Painful moments- trust God. Every moment- Thank God. 

Knowing the difficulties the author has experienced in her life gives credence to her words. It doesn’t get more real than this.

I happened to pick up The Power to Be exactly when I needed it, as I’m facing some challenges in my own life. I love the quotes and the Bible verses, including my current life verse Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.

This book would make a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day, or a pick-me-up for someone you know who is going through a difficult time.

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Book Review: Spectacle of Glory

I’ll be re-reading this as a daily devotional, but for the purpose of a book review, I read it in three days.

Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day, by Joni Eareckson Tada, is a lovely compilation of short pieces to inspire and encourage daily.


I was introduced to Joni’s writing as a newlywed in June 1979. My husband and I often visited a Christian bookstore in Cedar Falls, where we attended college. One of the first books I picked up was the story of the accident that left her a quadriplegic, her Joni: An Unforgettable Story. The beauty of her art and her soul shone through in the pages of that book.

If you ever wonder why God created you, this devotional will help you see how God can use you to showcase his glory, and the importance of glorifying him through the toughest situations.

Words like this are wonderful reminders of how to do this:

“God will use every hardship, every bruise, in your life to strengthen your faith and train you in godliness.”  (page 23)

Or this:

“Has someone caused you harm? Hurt of maligned you? You can praise God today that He is in control of even that painful situation. If God allowed it, He has a purpose in it.”

Through this devotional, Joni helps the reader  find great comfort and encouragement by focusing on the one who longs to lead and guide you every step of the way.

I look forward to using it as a daily devotional in 2017.