Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack is a forthcoming book from Alia Joy. I am part of a team dedicated to letting people know about this book and her other writings, so I’ll be posting periodically about this, including eventually a review of her book. But I wanted to do more, give you all the opportunity to join me along the way as I seek to absorb some of the many treasures from her writings.
As those connected with me on social media may know, I’ve been immersed the last 10+ years, writing my own mega-project Field Guide series. The goal of completing it has required some heavy-duty stewardship of time and energy; I’ve taken extended breaks only a few times in that decade to review friends’ books. But, when the opportunity came up to apply to be part of Alia Joy’s launch team, I knew immediately I should and would do so.
I’ve been following her on Twitter for long enough to have lost track of when I started. But I found Alia Joy words captivating from the start. Rarely have I encountered someone who can express in such poignant language the vivid points of both our frailty and yet our magnificence as humans marked with the very image of God our Creator. From her posts about everyday difficulties — physically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually — I know she understands and embodies this daily paradox of glorious/weakness.
And I read her words because they infuse me with hope for my own battles of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. As a Christian futurist, hope is much of what drives me: The knowledge that Christward transformation changes our horizons, both personally and in community. Hope is not pie-in-the-sky mist that burns off in the heat of suffering. It is both mystery and practicality for navigating in and through suffering.
As Alia has intriguingly said, “As Christians, our native language is hope.” To me, as a linguist, that is rich with meaning. What does it perhaps mean to you?
Anyone who has struggled with feeling inadequate, disillusioned, or just too broken will find hope in Alia Joy-Writer’s #GloriousWeakness.
And check out her most recent blog post, The Syllables Are Love, in which Alia shares about her book and the launch team. See if you are as captivated by her vulnerability of heart and loveliness of language as I have been ..