HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Power Perfected in Weakness: The Journal of Christopher J. Klicka
Author: Tracy Klicka, editor
Publisher: Shepherd Press, 2010
Related website: http://www.shepherdpress.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Older teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 s tars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Klicka, Tracy, editor. Power Perfected in Weakness: The Journal of Christopher J. Klicka (published in 2010 by Shepherd Press, P. O. Box 24, Wapwallopen, PA 18660). I became acquainted with Chris Klicka, an attorney who served as Senior Counsel and Director of State and International Relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association, in 1997 when he spoke at the very first homeschool conference which we ever attended, the Christian Home Educators Convention in Columbus, OH. Some three years earlier, in 1994, he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Though his condition gradually worsened, he continued to work for fifteen years, until just shortly before his death on Oct. 12, 2009,, at the age of 48 in Colorado Springs, CO, a few weeks after he became ill while attending a national homeschool leadership conference in Colorado. Power Perfected in Weakness was prepared from an unfinished manuscript submitted to Shepherd Press just before his death.
The eighteen chapters written by Klicka, the husband of Tracy and father of seven children, journal how he trusted in the Lord to help him live with the increasing debilitation of M. S. in his full and busy life. I do not wish to sound too negative because there is much that is beneficial in this book, so I will try to express myself very carefully. It is not my intent to deny the experiences that Klicka chronicles in his account, though I might question some of his explanations. All believers recognize that every good gift comes from God and that He moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. However, without taking anything away from God’s providence, all believers do not necessarily accept the ideas of seeing angels, hearing God speak directly, receiving miracles, being guided immediately by the Holy Spirit, and other such supernatural interventions, but may have a different understanding of such phenomena.
That said, it is still a source of great encouragement to read about and from an individual who underwent severe trials but trusted in God to guide him through his sufferings and even to use those sufferings to accomplish good. Klicka had planned to complete the book with a nineteenth chapter but was unable to finish it, so the family decided to leave it as it was with the chapter title and heading. Several close friends, along with Klicka’s two oldest daughters and his wife, then complete the story. There are lessons to be learned about being thankful for what we have, rejoicing in tribulations, trying to be a good example in suffering, and remaining as productive as possible. If you were diagnosed with M. S., what would you do? How would you spend your remaining time? I can honestly say that as one who myself has developed a progressive, degenerate neurological condition, I found Klicka’s journal very meaningful.