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A Widow’s Might: The Secret of Finding Strength in God

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Many of us in the body of Christ are living below our privileges as sons and daughters of God. We yearn for more in our experience with Him but don’t know what’s missing. In A Widow’s Might, Judy Knox reveals the missing element and explains how to get it.

Losing her husband due to complications following heart surgery could have been devastating. Instead, Judy’s ten weeks with him in the hospital ICU became a turning point, where she turned from her own strength to God’s. And when after fifty-one years, she suddenly found herself alone, she realized she was not alone at all. God was walking the path with her.

Judy will help you get more out of your relationship with God by showing you how to:
• hear and know God’s voice
• infuse your life with the power of the Holy Spirit
• enjoy your freedom as a new creation in Christ
• conquer negative thoughts and emotions
• win your spiritual battles

Her stories illustrate these serious truths in a light-hearted way. Whether you’re a new believer or a seasoned Christian, the fresh insights in Judy’s message will energize your walk with God.

About the Author
Judy Knox, a retired high school teacher, now teaches Christians how to get more from their relationship with God. Recently widowed, she resides most of the year in northern Illinois near her married son and daughter and six grandchildren, and flies south to Arizona for the winter months. Judy is the author of Dewdrops of Grace, a collection of devotionals. In addition to writing and speaking, she is active in her local church and enjoys playing the cello. You’ll find her blog at www.judyaknox.com.

154 pages, Kindle Edition

Published February 1, 2016

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Discovering God's goodness in everyday life.

Judy A. Knox is a retired high school teacher who now teaches Christians how to get more from their relationship with God.

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Profile Image for Nathan Albright.
4,488 reviews111 followers
January 20, 2016
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press in exchange for an honest book review.]

As this author says about another book that she refers to more than half a dozen times in the few pages of this short and immensely encouraging book, I do not agree with all of her theology, but at the same time there is a great deal of worth in reading about the reflections of a widow who is willing to write openly and honestly about her struggles, and more importantly, the help she has felt from God, in recovering from the death of her long-time husband after a ten-week hospital stay. The title, of course, is a punning reference to both the reference to the widow's mite, and the great faith shown by someone relying on God, and the fact that the author claims to have a great deal of strength from Jesus Christ in overcoming the stress of life as an elderly widow who appears to have outsources many responsibilities to her late husband, only to find it necessary to take them on once he had died as a result of establishing a personal relationship with God.

In terms of its organization, the book is organized chronologically with flashbacks, and featuring some resources at the end to encourage readers, who are assumed to be women and likely often widows often, a reasonable assumption given that most people like to read about people whose situations closely mirror their own. The book begins at the moment of the author's late husband Alan's final illness, with a lot of foreshadowing, and discusses the course of that illness through the first third or so of the book. The author then discusses her widowhood and her efforts at personal growth and development, including taking up the cello and going to a Bible college. This book, although it does not end with the author speaking of a second marriage, is clear evidence of the fact that memoirs of people coping with difficult situations do not tend to be written until the author has reached a certain level of success and confidence that a happy ending can be convincingly written [1].

Although there is much to praise, including the author's willingness to admit to a certain amount of immaturity in her faith and a long tendency not to apply the truths she believed intellectually, which is something that just about all of us can honestly admit to wrestling with in our own lives, there are also at least a few things to criticize about the author's approach as well. For one, she seems to have a belief that far too many people believe in a merit-oriented view of salvation [2]. Yet at the same time, her own writing leaves her open to justified criticism that she has adopted easy-believism, and failed to successfully resolve the fact that genuine faith will be shown by godly works, and that in the absence of such living faith one is not truly living up to one's duties as a child of God. Additionally, the author appears to support a view of speaking in tongues that is not congruent with the biblical references to the fact that the languages spoken in Acts 2 and other places in the New Testament were not mystical mumbo-jumbo designed to make someone feel closer to God and especially spiritual, but were actual languages whose speaking was an aspect of evangelism in demonstrating the truth of God in a way that could be understood. Where there was no trustworthy interpreter of a given tongue, as there is not in contemporary Pentecostal churches, the proliferation of speaking in tongues, as was the case in Corinth, is all too often about personal pride rather than giving glory to God or effectively spreading the Gospel by godly instruction. That said, given that the author herself admits to seeking continued growth in knowledge and practice, one can expect this memoir, and the life it describes, to be a work whose ending has yet to be written, and that is a good thing.

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Profile Image for Cindy.
3,664 reviews166 followers
September 16, 2018
More of an instruction book for Christian widows than a mystery. I’ve read this book before and it helped with my difficult and different circumstances. Christian with attendant Biblical references. Recommended for those who need the help.
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December 5, 2016
I was lucky enough to narrate this wonderful book. The author, Judy A. Knox, took what was a very difficult time in her life (the death of her husband and the events following his death) and turned her whole life around into a wonderful, positive and enriching time by getting closer to God and fully understanding His purpose for her. There were many "a-ha" moments in this book.

This book is an uplifting journey for anyone who feels something is missing in their lives.
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February 24, 2016
I know it may sound odd initially, but I love and collect books about suffering- specifically autobiographies. And especially autobiographies about Christians who find their strength in God through their suffering. These books teach me so much about life and faith and give me a bigger picture of life! All the comparatively little things which worry and bother me just disappear as I read books such as these. And I feel ashamed that I could ever think my lot in life was difficult! Thus, I always come away more grateful for what I have and more intentional in living my daily life!
A Widow's Might is another such book. It is an autobiography by Judy Knox which tells of her time of suffering as she waited for her husband to heal only to find that he would never be going home with her. Judy has a wonderful grasp that her husband did go to his eternal home which gives her great peace and that is awesome to read about. I hope to someday have such peace! This whole book is a testimony of God's faithfulness and the strength one can find in Him.
I recommend this book especially for widows and those going through suffering as well as people living in comparative ease and safety!
Overall, this book wasn't as life-changing as other autobiographies I have read but it was very good nevertheless.
I also didn't agree with all the doctrine which the author believes but that is up to you, the reader to discern.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
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