To make God into a personal friend that binds two people together against great odds is a goal that all couples should have. I cried reading the book because their love for each other through knowing God so intimately really touched me. I don't cry that easily.
These two people have a Godly faith and love for each other , Ken put himself in a situation where strength , love for God and Joni were foremost, With her disability but she never let that stop her. Praise God for Ladies like her, and true and honest men like Ken. God Bless you both in your, marriage and in your ministry.
I thought it was an interesting read and gave insight into how their faith impacted the real difficulties of their marriage...but I was a bit disappointed..it was a bit predictable..I do love the ministry of Joni..I guess I had very high expectation.
What a Love story it is... Joni is a quadriplegic due to a diving accident at the age of 17 and has been serving the LORD with everything she does. Ken is her husband and a man who is doing the LORD's work with Joni. Joni writes about her diving accident, chronic pain, cancer and her love for the LORD. Ken tells about his depression, his love for his wife and the LORD's mission he endures everyday. You might think this book will be heavy and filled with fluffy drama, you will be mistaken. This is a love story of two people on a mission to serve GOD the way he wants them to do the work for him. It is a light read that is uplifting and makes you smile. It covers the hard days that Joni and Ken go through of the daily routines, but the hard times are the heart of this story. Joni, being in the media, famous and always being in the eye of the public to have a happy and Godly life has bad days and bad times. This book has GOD written all over it. This is the story that love is all about, through sickness and health, richer or poorer, till death do you part and it truly does show what marriage is all about when you stay true to what GOD has put on you to do with your life for him.
I loved this book and when I finished, I wanted to give it to my husband and make him read it. It is what life is all about we all go through daily trials and tribulations, and this book really hits home as to why we are here on earth. I recommend this short read to everyone!! You will not be let down of the story of this book.
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At 36, Joni Eareckson felt that marriage was probably not in God's plan for her, not only because of her age, but because of her paralysis resulting from a diving accident in her teens. Who would be willing to take on all that would be involved?
After Ken and Joni met at church, then got to know one another, then started dating, Ken felt he could. He knew he loved and her and he felt their marriage could work.
Joni was afraid he idealized her. He had read about her before meeting her, accompanied her on mission trips, heard her speak, and even though she tried to be realistic about herself and her humanness (when the leg bag collecting her urine broke in public while on a tour behind the Iron Curtain, she quipped that that was God's way of not letting the attention and acclaim go to her head), she was afraid some people thought of her more highly than they ought to.
But after much time together and discussion, they married, And though they loved each other dearly, after some years the relentless details involved in Joni's care began to wear on Ken. He began to pull away, to need time to himself to get away from it all. Soon their lives were on nearly parallel tracks, rarely intersecting. She had had a ministry and association before he came on the scene, and he felt unneeded in her world: he had his teaching and coaching and fishing trips.
Then unexplained and excruciating pain descended on Joni, not only requiring more care, but causing frustration because nothing seemed to help. And then came a cancer diagnosis_
Marriage has its rough spots anyway, but add all these to the mix, and any of them could break a marriage. In Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story, with Larry Libby, they want to make clear that what pulled them through was not their own strength, but God's grace when they came to the end of their own strength. They don't want to come across as super-saints, but as real people who found God's grace sufficient in the most trying of times "to attain a new level of love rather than simply surviving or grimly hanging on" (p. 15).
I loved Larry Libby's preface, talking about fairy tales and sad love songs, then musing:
"We all dream dreams and know very well that they don't always work out. Life is particularly hard on high expectations. Things hardly ever fall together the way we would have scripted them. The fact is, if we put our hope in a certain set of circumstances working out a certain way at certain times, we're bound to be disappointed, because nothing in this life is certain."
"So what's the solution? To give up on dreams?"
"No, it is to realize that if we belong to God, there are even bigger dreams for our lives than our own. But in order to walk in those bigger dreams, we may face greater obstacles than we ever imagined and find ourselves compelled to rely on a much more powerful and magnificent God than we ever knew before" (p. 15).
I know it's the style these days to have a book jump back and forth in the time line, but it is somewhat confusing and choppy, and I think would have flowed much better maybe by opening with one incident and then flashing back to the beginning and progressing from there to the current time.
There is one kind of odd spot in the book when Joni had a horrible night suffering from pneumonia and prayed that Jesus would manifest Himself to her in a special way. As Ken ministered to her, suddenly she said."You're Jesus!" She went on to say that she could feel His touch through Ken's, could see Him in Ken's smile. That I can understand, but manifesting Jesus, being a conduit through which He can work, isn't the same thing a being Jesus. And I think that's what she ultimately meant.
I scanned some of the reviews and was surprised to find some criticism that the book didn't contain enough or reveal enough. I thought it was quite gracious of the Tadas to reveal as much as they did in order to show God's grace and to encourage others: the rest really is none of our business.
Overall I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone.