Joni Eareckson Tada’s ‘A Spectacle of Glory’ Encourages Readers to Turn Suffering into Praise

New Devotional Book Releases from Zondervan in October

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 15, 2016 With more than 50 books to her name – many of them award-winning best-sellers – Joni Eareckson Tada isn’t slowing down anytime soon, continuing to share with readers the inspiration and encouragement she has received through the years, this time in a new devotional book, A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day, releasing from Zondervan in October.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 2.43.50 PMThe premise of the title is that doing the unexpected – including praising God joyfully in the midst of suffering – is something of a spectacle, garnering people’s attention. Tada contends this is just as it should be, that we should all become spectacles for God’s glory, pointing others to him as we allow His light to shine through us in difficult circumstances.

In her introduction, Tada references a favorite metaphor of “Amazing Grace” hymn writer John Newton for such a spectacle. “Some Christians are called to endure a disproportionate amount of suffering,” writes Newton biographer Tony Reinke. “Such Christians are a spectacle of grace to the Church, like flaming bushes unconsumed, and cause us to ask, like Moses, ‘Why is this bush not burned?’”

Tada encourages readers that each of us can spark such questions by putting God’s glory on display through our everyday walk – by saying “no” to complaining and “yes” to daily following God down even the most difficult path.

“The times I least feel like demonstrating faith are the very times when that demonstration will be most powerful,” Tada writes. “I want to be that city on a hill Jesus spoke of; I want my praise to glow in the dark.”

This is Tada’s first devotional book of such length since her breast cancer diagnosis in 2010 and her daily bouts of chronic pain which began years before that and still plague her regularly. Those years have brought a wealth of new insight and inspiration to Tada which she is excited to share with others so that they, too, may be seen by a watching world as “bushes not burned.”

In addition, the book is timed to be read in the calendar year 2017 – Tada’s 50th year in a wheelchair. “This makes it something of a milestone book for me, a hallmark that I’ll be celebrating with readers as they join me in this journey, recounting God’s faithfulness through rich insights that have seen me through the years,” Tada said.

“A Spectacle of Glory” follows some of Tada’s previous best-selling 365-day devotional books, such as “Diamonds in the Dust” and “Pearls of Great Price,” offering daily Scripture verses, words of wisdom and a prayer for God to help make these thoughts a reality in the reader’s life. In keeping with more modern devotional books, each day’s reading is distilled and to the point, helping readers to grasp quickly the relevant take-away and reflect on its meaning for them.

For more information about A Spectacle of Glory, visit http://www.zondervan.com/a-spectacle-of-glory.

Joni Eareckson Tada, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left her, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skill and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to provide Christ-centered programs to special-needs families, as well as training to churches. Joni and Friends serves thousands of special-needs families through Family Retreat, and has delivered over 100,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to needy disabled persons in developing nations. Tada’s lifelong passion is to bring the Gospel to the world’s 1 billion people with disabilities. She survived stage-3 breast cancer in 2010, yet keeps a very active ministry schedule. She and her husband Ken were married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California. More information is available at www.joniandfriends.org.

Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company’s products are sold in multiple formats, worldwide in more than 60 countries, translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit http://www.zondervan.com.

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