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Sufficient in Jesus
5 Stars Out Of 5
I would give this to everyone.
December 20, 2012
Sufficient in Jesus
This book is beautiful- it just feels good to hold it. It is a thick book, a 365 Day devotional, with a lovely cover and a beautiful title.
Diamonds in the Dust, 365 Sparkling Devotionals. The title comes from a woman with a two year old daughter who was undergoing chemotherapy. Joni asked this little girls' Mother, whom she had met at a prayer meeting, How do you walk through this? The woman responded with tears in her eyes that God was walking them on a long and dusty road, but when they were brought low that is when they found diamonds in the dust. That story touched Joni, and she wrote this book as a collection of her favorite Diamonds, ones she has often held up to the light.
This book is full of Scripture, each verse is a Diamond and each diamond's beauty made me gasp more than once. I rediscovered beautiful verses that, like diamonds, I had lost in the dust of life.
Each one page devotion has a Diamond Scripture and a story from Joni that helps us meditate on the Scripture. Her stories and quotes give us rich theology lived out in daily life. She ends each devotion with a prayer from her heart. Every book written to exalt Christ must do what this devotional does, convict and comfort. This book has been called her best book, and Joni has written a lot, blessing the Body of Christ with her stories of Christ's faithfulness, so calling this book her best says a lot about it! If this is the only book of Joni's that you read, you will be blessed. I hope to read many more. I was blessed to receive this book free from Zondervan.
If any woman could be a Titus Two woman, it would probably be Joni Tada. Mrs. Tada has known suffering, and she has known the care of God in her suffering. She is an example to us all. She has reached out her hands to those in need, and has been a voice for those who need a voice. Most of all, she has been the one who can honestly assure others that Jesus was a Man of Sorrows, who knew Grief, and that He never leaves us in our pain, our cry never falls on deaf ears, and our sorrow is never wasted. Joni is married to her beloved husband Ken, and she never stops doing the work God has given her.
I vaguely remembered Joni from an autobiographical book I'd seen many years ago, so when I received this book from a friend, I was intrigued and amazed. My gut reaction upon viewing the cover was, " How can this lovely woman be quadriplegic?." I had recently been asking God the universal question of "How do I deal with suffering?"Surely God placed this book in my hands as an answer. Sometimes when we are suffering, and we see someone else whose dealing with a mountain of suffering, we feel guilty and ashamed that we can't even deal with the little molehill God has given us.In "Diamonds in the Dust", JET not only doesn't condemn us for not being able to cope with our "molehills", she gives us a model of how God's love and grace have transformed her suffering into jewels of truth and wisdom that others can use to draw closer to God. This book was a gift to me from 3 friends. Pat, Joni, and Jesus.