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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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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.orgSteven Estes holds Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary and Columbia Bible College. He is the senior pastor of Community Evangelical Church in Elverson, Pennsylvania. With Joni Tada, he co-authored A Step Further and When God Weeps and also wrote Called to Die, the biography of slain missionary linguist Chet Bitterman.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Unflinching look at Christ in our pain.January 12, 2013Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The first book of Joni's I ever read was Diamonds in the Dust. In this beautiful book she mentioned that one of the first people she questioned about God and His role in suffering was a sixteen year old boy from her church who was a student of the Bible. She agreed to buy him all the cola he wanted if he would come to her house and study the Scriptures on suffering with her. He did, and the conversations they had took them close to the heart of God in our pain, and made them lifelong friends. Thirty years later, When God Weeps was written with the same Steve Estes. Joni and Steve have both deepened their knowledge of the Scriptures. With the help of Steve's wife Verna and Joni's husband Ken they have both grown in the LORD and lived out these answers to suffering in the day to day toil of life, and the answers do not change. From the first time Joni looked at Steve and asked "Did God put me in my wheelchair?" to today, as I listen to Joni on her radio moment and Steve watches his eight children grow up, the answer has never changed.
This book will easily be one of my Top Ten of 2013. Joni does not shy away from hard, aching pain. She tells the story of a wheel chair bound friend, wasting away physically, somehow thriving in spirit, and the night he was attacked by ants in his bed. Pain added to pain! How did this strong in spirit weak in body man keep praising God in the middle of afflictions?
Some of the things Joni and Steve wrestle with- Do bad things ever happen to "good" people?
What about the pain caused by wicked human actions- like the nurse who neglects her patient until he dies and uses his money to feed a cocaine addiction? Is God in charge even when people sin? I mean really sin- murder of a child, rape of a child, all filth and wickedness- does God have power to judge it and someday scour it off of the earth? More- does God have power to scour our filth and wickedness out of our hearts?
Scripture says God is Sovereign- over Children dying? Over Women, beautiful young women being abused and healthy young men being injured in war? Yes. He is Sovereign. And He is Good. This book is a passionate book- born out of pain and a look deep into the eyes of Christ. He knows all about suffering. He is Sovereign over yours.
A truthful book. An unflinching book. A sometimes shocking book. I dare you to read it.
I am grateful to the authors who wrote this book and to Zondervan Publishing who gave me my copy. The appendix of Scripture verses on God's Sovereignty is worth it's weight in gold.
Alan Albro5 Stars Out Of 5March 28, 2009Alan AlbroThis book helps one think with the right (biblical) perspective on life and suffering. I think this is especially important in the me centered, pampered Christianity we tend to have in the United States.Excellent book.
Sheri Knapp5 Stars Out Of 5August 27, 2008Sheri KnappGreat book!! A must read for anyone struggling with God issues. It is an easy read.
Carolyn Broccoli5 Stars Out Of 5July 30, 2008Carolyn BroccoliExcellent, excellent book for those who are hurting. I read it several times after the loss of my sister and it truly helped. I bought 4 more copies to give to my grieving family and my Pastor.
Rebecca Mcneish5 Stars Out Of 5January 8, 2008Rebecca McneishExtremely helpful approach to why we suffer and have hardships as Christians. Well written spiritually with great personal experiences incorporated.
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