Beside Bethesda: 31 Days Toward Deeper Healing - eBook
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Publication Date: 2014
As Joni relates aspects of her own journey in dealing with the most painful unanswered prayer of her life, readers will learn to see beyond potential quick fixes to the deepest and greatest solutions God has for them. As the journey continues, readers deal with topics such as contentment, patience, unanswered prayer, transformation through suffering, wrestling with God, and hoping in God.
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Todd5 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement for anyone!November 14, 2014ToddQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Joni, with over 40 years in a wheelchair is someone who knows deep pain and the daily struggles that come with being a quadriplegic. This wonderful daily devotional gives us hope and encouragement without "sugarcoating" the realities of life's hard times.
dgreegorMIAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Healing and HopeNovember 7, 2014dgreegorMIAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5*I received this complimentary copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.
This is not the easiest book to read. It is not difficult because of technical language or obscure references. Rather it is difficult because of the raw emotion and honesty that is felt throughout the pages.
Each page is written with the heart of a woman who desperately wanted to be healed from her paralysis. Joni Eareckson Tada pours her heart out in each word and by so doing, gives the reader hope because she has been in dark places emotionally and has come out healed.
Each day/chapter is built around her thoughts and then a Scripture or two that corresponds with her thought. She the concludes the chapter with a provoking thought at the end. This combination makes for a powerful devotional that stems from raw honestly and candor. It is books like these that should lead the world to a hope that Jesus offers, a hope that Tada knows intimately; a hope we all can know.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Clothed in Christ- strength, courage, hope, and joy.October 26, 2014Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beside Bethesda, a devotional by Joni Tada, is a wonderful book.
I knew it would be a good one, but I had no idea that the truth in it would dazzle me so thoroughly.
I think it would be impossible to read this book and not feel your heavy heart lifting.
Reading this is like turning your face into a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit. She overflows with the Courage of Christ, the Love of Christ, the Hope of Christ, and the Confidence only found in Christ.
When I read her writing, I see somebody who has clothed themselves completely in Christ- who works out of His strength, speaks His words to the world, and leans on His grace for everything.
When Joni promises that God will draw near us when we cry, and will be sufficient in all our weaknesses, that He'll never leave us nor forsake us, these are truths she owns.
They're more than just verses. They're her life.
And the Savior that has given her a smile and a song and spirit of gratitude after 47 years in a wheelchair, that Savior knows and loves us too.
Joni isn't one of those people who make empty promises about earthly happiness.
Sometimes life isn't going to be happy, but how do you keep that fact from making you entirely negative? Joni points us to joy that begins and ends in the Presence of God.
She doesn't promise us ease in our life, because some of it won't be easy. How do we keep from giving up? Joni points us to rest in the arms of our Good Shepherd.
Whether you're suffering is physical pain today or an aching heart or broken dreams, let Joni come beside you and tell you about her Friend. He's a good Friend to have, and almost five decades of life with quadriplegia have taught her that "It is worth anything to be His Friend."
I am grateful to Tyndale Blog Network for my review copy.
theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hope for the Hope DrainedOctober 17, 2014theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Chronic illness. Chronic pain. Debilitation. Paralysis.
These are hard words. Hard words that no one wants to hear. Words that sometimes we hear anyway when we want to hear words of hope instead.
This book, "Beyond Bethesda" by Joni Earekson Tada is a devotional book of hope. This slim padded volume has 31 daily entries meant to be read over the course of a month and are geared to lead the hurting towards a deep healing from the only one who can truly heal, who can truly understand, Jesus.
Each entry is about 3-4 pages long and can be read in about 5 minutes time. Coupled with prayer and meditation these bite sized pieces of daily bread are perfect for a morning reading! In preparation for this review I was reading several a morning but I really longed to be able to spend some more time and linger as I read through these entries. After a year of chaos in my life, and nearly 21 years on my own journey of chronic pain that is a day by day progression, I can tell you the passing days of pain can numb you, can make you feel that nothing will ever be different than it is now- or will perhaps be worse in the future. That is not the case. Reading Joni's words were- refreshing- and much needed. Joni begins your journey beside the titular pool of healing water- the pool of Bethesda and is a gentle but authoritative guide as she steers the troubled into calmer mental waters.
There were a number of entries that really called out to me throughout the course of the book but one of my favorites has to be Day 9 "The Day's First Battle" which is about connecting with the Lord in prayer before your feet even hit the floor. It was immensely encouraging to me that someone else deals with the same feelings that I do, that same unwillingness when in pain- or stressed, or facing a mountain of work- to even get out of bed. Joni however, reminds her reader that the victory is all Jesus' and that we are not to be defeated before the day begins! In the 'Deeper Thoughts' section following Joni pairs Psalm 142:6-7 with this entry and though I would have never thought to apply those verses to my illness, my disease, I was really struck with how fitting they felt. It reads:
Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me.
There were many other entries that I really enjoyed in this book and it would be too long to mention all of them but my other top favorites really deserve a mention! Be sure to look for: Day 8 "As a Thousand Years", Day 16 "Abiding in Christ", Day 21 " Eager Anticipation", Day 22 "The Slowness of God", Day 27 "Weaving Straw into Gold", and Day 28 "Not Why but How".
This book is truly a gem! Though I enjoyed reading it once I really anticipate that as years go by it is going to be one that I pull off my bookshelf time and again! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is, or who has, suffered with one of those hope-draining diagnosis. I would also encourage you that if you know someone that is going through this pain journey that you don't just recommend this book to them but go the extra mile to put it in their hands. I have no doubt that they will thank you for it as they too find a deeper healing in Christ.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.
Smoothie71AlabamaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Simply beautifulOctober 11, 2014Smoothie71AlabamaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleI really enjoy devotionals. I think they're a good way to just connect with God for a few minutes, whether it be before bed, after work, before school, during your day, etc. I just think they are really good and helpful.
So naturally when I saw Beside Bethesda by Joni Eareckson Tada for review, I had to get it. I've heard many good things about Joni and her writing and I have nothing more than good things to say about her.
For about 2 weeks I've been reading her short devotions before bed and they are simply beautiful. I've been blessed to read them and have a few moments of prayer. Each one talks about healing in some way. At the end of each devotion is a scripture and some thoughts to reflect on.
Joni is very honest and open in her writing which makes it feel more like a good friend or sister is writing to you. Her heart for the Lord makes you want to draw closer to Him.
If you're looking for some quiet moments with God and you're not sure where to get started, I recommend grabbing this devotional. It's a great kickstart to your time with God.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for the exchange of a review.
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