From her childhood to present day, Joni Eareckson Tada relates her remarkable journey through the dialogues, events, memories, images and scenes of her life. She ponders the question, would she have been an artist if she hadn't broken her neck? This book will capture your heart and serve as a signpost to light your journey with Jesus.
A little girl on a big horse, cantering across a spring-green pasture
wide-eyed children gathered round a beach fire, listening to a fathers stories of the high seas
an expansive, you-can-see-forever view from the top of Pikes Peak
Another view from a Stryker frame, where an active young woman learns she will never walk again
Heading down a church aisle to marry the man she loves
looking into the eyes of a child in a wheelchair, and seeing the family God has prepared for a loving heart
sitting by the pool of Bethesda, reflecting on the miracle of healing God has performed in her heart
The God I Love brings to life these and many other moments. It offers an eternal perspective from a woman in a wheelchair who affirms that the God she knows and loves is the center, the peacemaker, the passport to adventure, the joy ride, and the answer to her deepest longings. Raised in an active, adventurous family, Joni Eareckson Tada worked hard and played hard to keep up with her older sisters and athletic fatheruntil one day a diving accident left her a quadriplegic. But the tragedy that could have ended her life was in reality the beginning of an amazing, constantly unfolding story of grace that has touched the lives of millions worldwide and brought Joni unexpected joy and fulfillment. In this book, Joni unveils the God whom she has found to be faithful through over thirty years as a paralytic. This is not the story of a woman who has all the answers or who is very different from you. Joni struggles with the same fears, questions, and heartaches we all have in common. But as the weeks and months turn into years, and the years into decades, she meets her Savior at every turn. In this book, youll discover that he is there for you as well, no matter what your circumstance or situation may be. Written with beauty, feeling, and amazing honesty, The God I Love captures the heart and soul of one womans powerful, deeply personal journey of hope. It is a sojourn from a naïve childs belief to a tempered faith that transforms and transcends personal tragedy, bringing light to the darkest places and good out of the most difficult situations, and offering glimpses of the glory that awaits Gods children.
Joni Eareckson Tada is 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 bestselling books, including When God Weeps, Diamonds in the Dust, A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award, and her latest A Spectacle of Glory. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married for 35 years. For more information on Joni and Friends, visit www.joniandfriends.org
"Memory means everything to me," writes Tada. In this tender, beautifully
written memoir, she reflects with vivid detail on the idyllic Maryland
childhood that shaped her Christian faith and the 1967 diving accident that
left her a quadriplegic but showed her that "there are more important things
in life than walking." As the youngest of four girls, Tada idolized her
father and namesake, Johnny, who instilled in her a daredevil sense of
adventure and shaped her view of God. When as a teenager she drifted from
faith, she prayed that God would turn her around. Tada believes the accident
she had at age 17 was God's response: "It wasn't some flip-of-the-coin in the
cosmos, some turn in the universe's roulette wheel. It was part of God's
plan-for me." She shares how her experiences with suffering have given her a
platform to encourage others with disabilities through her speaking, writing,
artwork and the organization she founded to aid the disabled, "Joni and
Friends." Intermixed with humorous stories about her friends, marriage and
professional triumphs are vulnerable glimpses of her dips into depression,
anger and frustration over infertility. But, almost 36 years after "the dive,"
Tada has learned that "true wisdom is found in trusting God when you can't
figure things out." Christian readers should appreciate this mature, absorbing
reminiscence of a remarkable life. (Aug.) Forecast: Tada has been a
bestselling author in the CBA market since she penned the first account of her
life, Joni, in 1976; that book has become a platinum seller. In July, she will
receive a lifetime achievement award from the Evangelical Christian
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