Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story   -     By: Ken Tada, Joni Eareckson Tada, Larry Libby
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Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story

Zondervan / 2013 / Hardcover

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For better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health...

Anyone who has been married has said these words, or made a similar vow to their spouse. And yet, the painful reality is that half of all marriages end in divorce. Knowing this makes the marriage between Joni and Ken Eareckson Tada all the more remarkable. In their thirty years of marriage they've faced quadriplegia, depression, chronic pain and cancer together. In their weakness God has shown His strength and given them the grace to love and serve each other.

In Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story, the Tada's share the journey of their marriage, from their first dinner date in 1980, to the present day as Joni survived breast cancer. Their story is not a love story you'll see at the movies, or read in a novel, but it's the truest kind, filled with commitment, sacrifice, and faith that defies the odds. As you read, you'll discover God's immeasurable grace to face your daily trials and to love those in your life as He does.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.75 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310314690
ISBN-13: 9780310314691
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Publisher's Description

This is the true love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. A love story showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love … in sickness and in health. 

 

Even the honeymoon wasn’t easy. Did Ken realize what he was getting into when he proposed to Joni, a quadriplegic woman? As their marriage years moved on, Ken became increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for Joni, who begins to experience chronic, extreme, nightmarish pain. Ken sinks into depression, and the couple finds themselves on parallel tracks in life, married and living under the same roof but drifting apart emotionally.

 

But as they fight for their marriage and find their way through the mazes of depression and pain, they wrap their two lives around their rock—Jesus.

 

During Ken’s denial of Joni’s diagnosis, and Joni’s thoughts of how wonderful a quick exit to heaven would be, they experience a personal visitation with the savior you will never forget.

Author Bio

Ken Tada recently retired from thirty-two years of teaching and has come on board with Joni and Friends to serve as Director of Ministry Development. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and in 2001 received Family Life Ministries Robertson McQuilkin Award honoring “The Courageous Love of a Marriage Covenant Keeper.”  Ken is an avid fly fisherman and helps to lead Wild Adventures, a fishing ministry for men.

Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community.  Joni and Friends provides practical support and spiritual help to special needs families worldwide, and equips thousands of churches in developing disability ministry.  Joni is the author of numerous best-selling books, including When God Weeps, Diamonds in the Dust, A Lifetime of Wisdom, and A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award.  Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married for over 30 years.  For more information on Joni and Friends, visit www.joniandfriends.org

Larry Libby is an author and editor who has written a number of books including Someday Heaven and Who Made God? He and his wife, Carol, live in Washington.

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    I just started this book and it is wonderful.
    January 13, 2014
    LadyDianaCatLover
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    Joni has inspired me since I was a teenager. I am amazed at the myriad of ways God has used her marriage and her life. God has been faithful to her every step of the way.
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    GOD has used this couple over and over. GOD will lift you higher and higher as you read this book and apply it to your own life and family.

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  3. pami
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    beautiful, heartwarming, inspiring!!!!!!!!!!
    October 25, 2013
    pami
    Sebastian, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    "...in sickness and in health..." A truly inspiring story, I expected a good love story but it was truly better than I ever expected. I appreciated the candid real life problems they have gone through and are still facing with courage, honesty and the strength that can only come from the Lord. It puts a new perspective on my marriage that with the Lord all things are really possible and He will give us the love to conquer. I have added Joni and Ken to my prayer list.
  4. Norie
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I shared the book with others who liked it also.
    October 2, 2013
    Norie
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    All of us sometimes have questions about the providence of God. Joni's life makes us realize that we do not need to have all the answers. We do need an enduring, growing faith in God.
  5. poetrygirl
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Best Joni book ever! Cocooned in God's love...
    September 30, 2013
    poetrygirl
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    I read the very first Joni book in 1980-81. Then I went on to read 'A Step Further' (her second book), which was an amazing book as Joni shared her frustrations and growth in God. As the years passed I read some of her devotionals and then another favorite, 'When God weeps,' was also excellent... I have seen her movie (by World wide pictures) multiple times and have heard her speak in my area in person at a seminar. This book, 'Joni and Ken, an untold love story,' is one that came into my life when I was struggling with being a mom of a son with mental health challenges, and provided exactly the Godly hope and spirit-filled medicine that I needed. This book I believe is her best one yet, and is so partly because of Ken Tada's humility and obedience to the Lord as he grows in God, as God's man -- this journey is detailed in this book. As always, Joni speaks with candor and grace; and Ken provides humor, love, and an amazing godly love for Joni that is humbling... Any Christian that is willing to have an ear to hear can learn, grow, and best of all feel God's love from this very superbly told story. I will be reading this story as a resource when hurting-many times again to remind myself of God's great love, not only for Joni and Ken, but for me too!This book is great for couples for singles who are struggling with any type of pain in their life. Just reading the list of folks who endorse this book is pretty incredible and really speaks to the testimony within its pages.
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