1. Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack
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    Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack
    Alia Joy
    Baker Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    glorious weakness ~ Alia Joy
    June 30, 2019
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Alia gives a new meaning to hope, through telling her true life story in this book. She is very open and honest of her feelings and how she deals with weakness in her life everyday. She gives us a raw and truthful look into her life by telling us how she didn't believe GOD was in her life. However, through her life trial and tribulation, she realizes that GOD is with us each and everyday. Don't ever give up hope, if you think it is a weakness, GOD knows what he is doing, it is in his plan, don't ever lose hope and faith.

    I would recommend this to anyone that has lost hope, needs hope or just wants to come closer to GOD. This is a great read that you won't be able to put it down. When you finish, you will be encouraged and inspired by Alia's way that shows us GOD's love is always with us and we all have hope.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.
  2. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Treasure Buried in Your Weakness
    June 10, 2019
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As North American Christians, we don't have a category for struggle that does not go away. We are uncomfortable with the poor, the mentally ill, and the unlovely-unloveables who do not enhance our Instagram stories or look the way they "should" in our pews. Having been sold a narrative that includes gleaming smiles and answers to prayer that arrive just in the nick of time, we need a theology that is formed by Jesus's teaching in the Beatitudes, for, ironically, poverty of spirit qualifies us for Kingdom living.

    "We say God is all we need but we don't live like it." (37)

    Leaning into our longing, listening to all our souls lack, and putting a name on our need sets the table for true biblical lament. Armed with a theology that accounts for emptiness and ache, we are able to sit with our own faithless flounderings and to speak truth into a friend's anger or loss without expecting an abracadabra moment. Alia's writing admits the risk in this, for, it is much easier to pray for the good life and to hang out with those who are living it.

    For Theirs Is the Kingdom of Heaven

    Fortunately, Scripture provides solid examples of men and women of great faith who poured out their disappointment with God in no uncertain terms and yet persevered in obedience. Their honesty did not disqualify them from God's love or His service.

    "We are not better Christians when we call the hardest parts of life 'good.' But we can learn to call God good in the hardest parts of our lives." (156)

    It is an act of faith to embrace the goodness of God while our story is still unfolding. It is a practice of radical hope to invite others into that unfinished story. As we embrace our own Glorious Weakness, we receive a refresher course in the "phonics of hope." (196)

    And who knows?

    With a little practiceand a few more disarming phone calls even the most stubbornly fine among us might find ourselves speaking fluently about a God who sits with us in our sadness and enters our brokenness.

    Together, may we find grace to trust for restoration that comes in ways we cannot prescribe and may not have chosen, but that, nonetheless, reveals God's great Kingdom here on earth.



    Many thanks to Baker Books for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Propelled to hope
    June 4, 2019
    AmyL
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    In Glorious Weakness, Alia Joy shows us what it means to discover God in all we lack. Joy shares her weaknesses with astonishing transparency to show the reader how God has also moved in those moments.

    Not only does Joy show us how to walk through immense trials with God in mind, but she reminds the reader how to walk alongside someone in a trial. Joy walks the reader from weakness to hope. Hope to strength. And strength to glory.

    Glorious Weakness is an invitation to hope. An invitation to lay the hurts and pains of this world at the feet of God. And instead of carrying the weight, pick up the hope and strength and glory that God offers us as we walk with him.

    I learned so much about grief and sorrow that I didn't realize I didn't know as I turned the pages of this book. As I learned, I was propelled forward to hope and the future.

    Glorious Weakness ministered to my soul in ways I didn't know I needed.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
  4. Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring Read!
    May 12, 2019
    muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Glorious Weakness" by Alia Joy is a memoir of her life. This author has experienced so much in her lifetime, much more than we could ever have imagined. She doubted through those times whether God was good or if He was ever with her. She found out that yes, he was there with her the whole time.

    The book is divided into four different sections. They are: weakness, hope, strength and glory. Each section goes into each subject a little deeper. Even though this book had sad parts in it when she described her life and what she went through, this book wasn't a downer. Alia offered hope for all us, even in our darkest moments.

    I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read
    April 28, 2019
    Randi
    Let's be honest, talking about weakness as Christians is in many circles frowned upon. Okay, okay... that's not entirely true. We can talk about weaknesses but only to a certain degree. Commiserating with fellow moms about the stresses of motherhood? Sure, that's absolutely fine. Talking about the real depths of mental illness? Well, that's a trickier subject. Even when we open up about those struggles they are so often downplayed... or given only a glimpse into it. We tend not to be real about just how bad it truly is. I see this in my own life. I've always tried to be open about my own struggles with mental health...as in, I'm pretty clear letting people know that I struggle with it, and maybe even that I'm having a hard time with it... but never the full details off how bad it can truly be. Because when you do that, it makes people uncomfortable. We don't want to talk about that kind of struggle because it doesn't make us feel good. We read books that attempt to tell us that everything will be better if we just want it enough, if we just hustle more, if we make it happen ourselves. What a dangerous message that can be to those in the midst of mental health struggles already, right? This is why books like this one are so needed... books that TRULY take a long hard look at those weaknesses we face in raw honesty, but with a message of hope in the midst of the weaknesses.

    I loved the way Alia told her stories. They were very honest and open, and written in such a way that you could truly see yourself there. It was captivating and me wanting to read more of her beautiful style of storytelling. Despite many of the hard topics talked about, I still wanted to read on.

    In the introduction, Alia writes, "Well, this book is for every one of you who emailed me and told me my story made you braver with your own, whatever it might be. It's for everyone who doesn't understand their identity as beloved. It's for everyone who can't imagine their weakness might be their greatest strength. It's for everyone who thinks that strength comes from trying harder and doing more. It's for everyone who struggles and for everyone who loves the struggling. It's for everyone who's sat in the dark with a silent God, looking for a glimmer of hope that they're not alone. It's for everyone who needs to know that being poor in spirit is the richest place of all. That's where the treasure is buried."

    And I agree with all of that...and so much more. I truly feel like this is a book we can all gain something from with it's powerful message and beautiful telling that so many need to hear in today's world. I highly recommend it to all.
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