A Quiet Place in a Crazy World: Drawing Near to God through Prayer and Praise

Joni Eareckson Tada

Description from Goodreads: Joni shares sensitive reflections on the wonder of God's presence and encourages us, in practical ways, to commune with Him regularly and catch heaven's quiet fragrance in the midst of our crazy, bustling world.

My Review: I don't remember the last time I finished a devotional prior to this morning. I rarely have the patience for nonfiction, unless it is exceptionally entertaining or else speaks to me. Being a devotional, this book obviously achieved the latter.

Each chapter highlights one or two places where the author had some sort of encounter with God, and follows a theme such as listening or glory. At the end of the chapter is a brief (no longer than a half-page) section labeled "Your Quiet Place" that includes a few sentences of reflection followed by a prayer. 

I like this book because it's not preachy; Tada simply lays out her experiences and explains the chosen theme as it relates to prayer or praise. The book is clearly her set of beliefs and opinions, and she's not forcing it down anyone's throat.

As far as I can tell, the scripture passages she weaves in are not used out of context, nor are they thrown in simply for validity's sake. The passages are there because they're not only relevant but often the center of what Tada is writing. Her faith is beautifully genuine, and it shines through in this book.

4/5 leaves

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