Alia Joy’s Glorious Weakness is a memoir about her experiences with weakness, poverty, loss, and doubt. She writes about the stories that have formed who she is now with a soul-baring honesty and vulnerability. But she also writes with her eyes looking toward hope and grace and helps her readers see both, too.
My favorite chapter is probably chapter nine—Starving to the Feast—where Alia Joy tells how God taught her to depend on Him in the midst of her weakness and need. He also taught her to live with wonder even while struggling with illness and pain. She writes:
That holy hollow, that treacherous ache now allowed space to be interrupted by grace. The days slowed and became monotonous, a managing of sorrow and symptoms. On the days when my body waged war in every cell, I asked Jesus to show himself faithful and present.
I found in him beauty and wonder. An imagining and hoping in glory. A prophetic mindfulness. The awe of a God so big and majestic, we cannot comprehend it but we contemplate it all the same…
The space illness has made in my life is painful but cherished. It slowed my soul enough to see beauty in peonies blooming by my bedside even though my nightstand was also covered with prescription bottles.
I love how she came to see the beauty mixed in with the pain, because that’s usually how it goes—we experience all of life, not just parts of it.
I definitely recommend Glorious Weakness to those who want to read a beautifully written memoir by a woman who has lived with brokenness on many levels and who has come to know that God is always with her, pouring out His grace to her and for her.