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.
The God I Love is the book that captures my heart and thoughts in the events, dialogues, memories, images, and scenes of my lifemy walk with God.Joni Eareckson Tada Jonis name is synonymous around the world with the words loving God. She has lived out these words since the diving accident thirty-six years ago that left her paralyzed from the shoulders down. Now in The God I Love she looks back on the whole of her life through eyes that can see how that accident actually moved her in a new direction, saving her from another tragedy of her own making. This story-driven narrative captures the events and images of Jonis remarkable life as she describes her life in six themes. She begins with her life as an ordinary girl who is blessed by an extraordinary Godbut not without tragic turns. Then she ponders the question, would she have been an artist if she had not broken her neck? She recognizes that through prayer she enters into Gods holy presence and finds that he answers her prayers in full measure. She acknowledges that it is only through the kindness of friends that she has bathed or eaten or done the countless simple tasks that make up everyday life. Because of her unusual situation, her wheelchair has rolled onto platforms around the world where millions of people have heard her speak about her Savior. Through tragedy Joni has come to know God, the living, surprising, wonderful Lord of all. A note from Joni The God I Love is a memory still unfolding of the journey that keeps taking me deeper into the heart of my Savior. Its my prayer that this story, which spans over fifty years, will resonate with each person who takes time to pick up the book...its my prayer that The God I Love will serve as a roadmap, a guide, a signpost to light the journey of each reader, helping them to see their sweet, soft desperation of Jesus, too.
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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