If you know me even a little, you probably know one of my favorite authors is Wendy Blight. We are always inspired by those who have overcome insurmountable odds and Wendy’s testimony of God’s powerful work in her life is no exception.
Barely two pages into the first chapter we find Wendy in the darkest of places. The victim of a horrific crime. Wendy was raped.
Wendy was a victim of rape by a masked and armed man in her apartment.
I knew what I was getting into when I ordered my copy of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner in 2010. At the time, I had hit a rough patch with flashbacks of my own and I was looking for something to help me cope. Finding Wendy’s book was like finding a jewel in a tar pit.
You see, no one really talks about, let alone writes about, sexual abuse, assault, or rape. These are hard topics to broach and frankly. They suck.
I picked up Wendy’s book with the hope of healing. I was not disappointed.
Wendy would be the first to say the healing doesn’t come from her or her book; she’s totally humble in that way. Healing can only come through the power of God. Which is precisely why the tagline for Hidden Joy reads: The Transforming Power of God’s Story.
I remember seeing the cover for the first time and the image hit me square in the chest. Perhaps it’s because I have the same sweater, but more likely it’s because so many of my days were spent sitting, wondering why. Trying to process events no one shouldn’t have to. I can’t describe the emotions evoked simply by the cover alone; kudos to the cover artist.
Wendy’s testimony starts in a place no one wants to find themselves and thankfully it is not where we stay in Hidden Joy. Each chapter brings another layer of healing. Healing which came over the course of years for Wendy, yet pages for the reader…and myself.
What I so love about Hidden Joy are the last few chapters, really the entire second half of the book. Here Wendy shares practical ways to strengthen your faith through time with God. In addition, each chapter has its own set of study questions, prayers, and Scripture.
If you could see my copy of Hidden Joy, almost every page is dog-eared, highlighted, marked up, and scribbled over. The only other book I have in such a poor state is my Bible. Even my Kindle version is filled with markings…no dogears of course.
Experiencing devastating circumstances in your life are not a prerequisite for reading Hidden Joy. What you will find in its pages is encouragement from God no matter what you face in life and opportunities to strengthen your relationship with Him.
How about you? Is there a hurt from your past in need of healing? Or would you like to discover powerful ways to strengthen your faith?
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Wendy has published three other works Living So That, I Know His Name, and an ebook called All Things Wise and Wonderful a study on the book of Proverbs. You can read my reviews of both Living So That and I Know His Name on my #BookReview page.