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    • Alia Joy's Glorious Weakness
    • Paperback
    • Size: 5 1/2" x 8 7/16" x 5/8"
    • Pages: 240
    • ISBN-13: 9780801093340
    • ISBN-10: 0801093341
    • Published by Baker Publishing Group
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Glorious Weakness: Discovering God In All We Lack pulls from Alia Joy's own hard life lessons. As a girl, Alia came face-to-face with weakness, poverty, and loss in ways that made her doubt God was good. There were times when she felt as if God had abandoned her. What she didn't realize then was that God was always there, calling her to abandon herself.

In this deeply personal exploration of what it means to be "poor in spirit," Joy challenges us to embrace true vulnerability and authenticity with God and with one another, showing how weakness does not disqualify us from inclusion in the kingdom of God--instead, it is our very invitation to enter in.

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Discovering God In All We Lack
glorious weakness
Alia Joy
Foreword by Seth Haines

"The vulnerability and beauty found in these pages will leave you breathless." 
Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author

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  • Alia Joy's Glorious Weakness
  • Paperback
  • Size: 5 1/2" x 8 7/16" x 5/8"
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN-13: 9780801093340
  • ISBN-10: 0801093341
  • Published by Baker Books a division of Baker Publishing Group

Alia Joy is a regamuffin storyteller who has become a trusted voice in conversations around mental and physical illness, abuse, race, embodiment, poverty, and staying fluent in the language of hope. She weaves beauty through brokenness at AliaJoy.com and is rugularly featured at incourage.me. Alia lives in Oregon with her family, where she abides in both weakness and glory.

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August 20, 2019 Mommaing

Hope and joy through life's dark valleys

If I want a book celebrating the view from a mountaintop, there are a multitude to chose. Few are the books that are written from the valley looking up. Alia Joy has truthfully portrayed her own journey, showing us the sharp rocks and the long, dark passages. She has also pointed up toward the light, reminding us of God's continual love. This is hope built on a solid foundation. Glorious weakness, indeed!
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April 8, 2019 Tennille

Beautifully written, thought provoking and real

This book is beautifully written. It is thought provoking, filled with raw honesty, and has a realness that is totally refreshing. “Glorious Weakness” is heavy and hard at times, but there is also hope. It is truly a great read and I highly recommend it. Initially, you may think this book is not for you. You may not feel weak or may not have experienced lack in a way that brings you to the end of yourself but believe me, this book is for everyone. Alia Joy shares experiences and thoughts that encourage, invoke empathy, strengthen, and point to the ultimate hope.
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April 8, 2019 Book Lover

Plumbing the depths of pain...and finding beauty

Alia Joy takes the reader on a journey of her life, plumbing the depths of pain in such a powerful and poetic way, that you're invited to delve deeply into your own life and discover the beauty that lies beneath the surface. Without apology or self-pity, Alia writes with the deft hand of a seasoned artist allowing us into her story...and our own.

Reading her words I feel seen, known, and accepted as Alia describes in detail and courageous vulnerability a life shaped by circumstances beyond her control and a commitment to continue on the journey.

I recommend this book to anyone who's hurting and in need of hope...and to those who love them.
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April 5, 2019 Libby

Couldn't put it down!

Glorious Weakness is a book that I couldn’t put down! Alia shares her life in a way that is so real I found myself relating to it in unexpected ways. While her experiences are unique to her, I felt like she was putting into words things I understand and have never voiced to others. We all need to read what she has to share and find comfort in the fact that others understand, it’s ok to not be ok, and that we can voice these things to each other! I finished this book with a renewed encouragement to not just “go it alone”. That I can share my weakness with others and find strength in the One who holds us all together.
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April 4, 2019 Sarah J. Robinson

Life-giving and hope-filled <3

I’m absolutely in love with this book; it’s one of the best I’ve read in a long time. This is for anyone who has felt unwanted, been broke, believed God wasn’t good, and been deeply wounded.

Alia’s beautiful storytelling draws us into deep truth that we need to know: our poverty, weakness, and lack brings us closer to the God who is with us in our brokenness. Alia vulnerably shares her heartbreaking experiences with hard things like mental illness, sexual trauma, and poverty, all the while drawing our eyes to the God of hope who is present in our lack.
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April 3, 2019 Visne

I am weak but He is strong.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars by the time I got to page 83. And the last page 229 did not change my mind. I commented on Instagram that the book was so compelling I could not wait to turn each page and yet I at the same time wanted to re-read each sentence to make sure that I didn’t miss anything. There are a variety of reasons Alia Joy, from childhood to today, has experienced major weaknesses. This is the most vulnerable “memoir” I have read - there are times of crying, laughter, and ‘oh no’ comments from me. Alia Joy shows how our weakness can shower glory on God. She goes from Weakness to Hope to Strength to Glory. This is a book you do not want to miss.
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April 3, 2019 April

Our weakness is glorious in Him!

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Alia’s book! She speaks to the hurts we feel, but try to ignore and avoid. We each have our place in the body, and we need each other. What I remember feeling is how in each story, Alia constantly brings us back to God is in every intricate detail of our life, there may be circumstances we see differently, but He has a purpose.

One of MANY quotes at the beginning of the book that really resonated with me, “There is a helplessness in poverty that precedes the move of God in our lives because we understand an aspect of grace that so many miss: we do nothing to earn it. When we understand this, all becomes grace.” (38) Alia writes in a way to tie many thoughts and truths together.

I absolutely would recommend this book to anyone. Even if you don’t think you particularly feel lack, we are human and we do have lack in life.

*I did receive a book in advance, but this review reflects my personal thoughts and feelings.
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April 2, 2019 MarviaD

A Subtle but Strong Force of Hope in the Darkness

Have you ever read a book that immediately read you, pricked your heart with wonder, and made you feel an abiding kindred of experience and heartache? That is what reading Alia Joy’s book was like for me. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I knew I’d find beauty in her story telling - the kind the invites you to come sit and the table because this story seems like your own in so many ways.

This book is for all of us - every. single. one. of. us. If you've suffered heartache, pain, loss, or any kind of gut wrenching, soul stirring, aching pain - get this book. If you have grown weary of prosperity messages, trying to always be strong, overwhelmed by the weight of your pain - get this book. If you've suffered the shame of poverty, riches, hyper spirituality, tattered hope, broken faith, or feeling neglected - get this book. This is the book you want and need to read so you can remain “fluent in the language of hope.”
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April 2, 2019 Mekeisha

Deep, honest, and heart rendingly beautiful

In Glorious Weakness; Discovering God in All We Lack, Alia Joy shares openly about her lifetime struggles, beginning with being diagnosed with leukemia as a child. She reminds us that even though it seems to defy popular theology, God often chooses to work through the weaknesses we so easily despise.

This is not a light read, it is an honest look at the hard realities of life through the lens of God’s unfailing goodness.
If you are struggling, Alia’s words will remind you: weakness makes space for God’s strength to be demonstrated. God does not despise our neediness, rather he leans closer. Even the Psalms proclaim: God is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in Spirit.

I cannot commend this book enough. It is deep, honest, and heart rendingly beautiful. It will open your eyes afresh to the beauty of the Gospel- Jesus came for the sick, not the well. It is His sufficiency, not our own that will ultimately be our saving grace.
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April 2, 2019 RaggedyJaney

You will be fighting for Alia Joy and cheering her on through the whole book.

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I began following Alia Joy on social media before I knew she had authored a memoir that would resonate with my soul and help me reconnect with clarifying experiences of my past. Early in her book, Alia Joy bathes her story with fresh perspective on why we need to own our stories because they are who we’ve come to be. She says, “Words are so simple. Just letters strung together. And yet they shift heaven and earth. They explode galaxies. They have life and death contained in each strand, graced on open palms or piled like a burden. I can’t imagine living in a world where words couldn’t speak to me and rewrite my truth …” What follows are the loves, losses, and life woven into prose that is at once raw and dramatic but without a hint of ego or self-pity. Words you wish didn’t have to be written, but they are infused into her existence. Pages you don’t want to end because the hope of her experience is so vibrant.

As a reader, you will discover fibers of Alia’s truth in your own life. We are all complex individuals who can identify, at least in part, with poverty, illness, abuse, racial injustice, disability, and wondering where God is in all of it —- if he is a good God. After understanding her rejections of God and crying with her through the trauma of growing up with parents whose faith rested fully on Him, I rejoiced with her when God spoke deep into her soul and Alia turned her heart toward Him.


I found myself overshadowed by her despair and broken-hearted when forced changes in her home environment pushed her further into questioning the goodness of God. I cheered her on when she latched onto a glimmer of hope when she began to discover her gifts and understand her ‘Great Calling’. Alia Joy harbors no pretense. Her mask doesn’t have to come off because she starts her story unveiled and doesn’t retreat even when discussing the cyclical days of bad to worse, being judged, cynicism, and learning to trust God when people who so easily spoke of a relationship with God had anything but godly character.

I thank God for Alia Joy’s life and am grateful that in God’s providence He chose her to write this story of grace, compassion, destiny and hope – so much hope. As she said, “As Christians, our native language is Hope.” When I learned about this book, Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack, I knew it was one I needed to buy and read. I preordered long before it was available because I wanted to be first on the list of readers.

My pages are marked up in yellow crayon. I didn’t want to put the book down long enough to go find a proper highlighter. I have so many soul strengthening quotes marked for remembering. One of my favorites comes after a story she tells of when she experienced grace and the ministry of God at a time when she was desperate for a word from Him. “That night God ministered to my soul … That moment was just for me. God might disrupt my life, draw me to places of unrelenting weakness, pull from me my most vulnerable and tender parts, and then remind me that poverty of spirit is the birthplace of all grace. God is good, even in the weary and worn out places. Maybe even especially there.”