Still, I Will Praise by Renée Bondi is not a how-to manual but a collection of stories from others who have found joy in trusting God through times of insecurity, grief, loss and, in Renées case, through an injury that robbed her of mobility and her independence.
Renée Bondi is a popular speaker and recording artist who has shared the stage with notables such as Sandi Patty, Larry King and Point of Grace. She has been featured in magazines such as Todays Christian Woman and Womans World and on various radio and television shows, including Hour of Power. Renée has released six inspirational CDs and is the president of Capo Recording and the founder of Bondi Ministries. Among her many awards and honors is Woman of the Year from the California State Senate and recognition for Outstanding Service to the Community from the U.S. House of Representatives. She lives with her husband and son in Southern California.
At age 29, Renées future was incredibly bright. She was engaged and had a beautiful singing voice, a thriving career as a music teacher, and a loving family. But then one night a bizarre accident left her a quadriplegic. Renée lost not only all use of her arms and legs, but also her singing voiceshe could barely speak above a whisper. Through even this, Renée remained hopeful and held tight to her faith. Her unbroken spirit and amazing physical progress baffled the medical field and even surprised those close to her. She miraculously began to sing again and went on to live more fully than she ever dreamed. Whether performing or sharing her victorious story Renée are uplifted and mesmerized by her angelic voice, music and messages. Most importantly, all who hear Renée are encouraged to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Nancy Curtis taught English and journalism in private and public schools for twenty years. She now writes, teaches Bible studies and speaks at women's events. She and her husband live in northern California near their two daughters and their families.
People often ask, Joni, who inspires you? I smile and think of my dear friend, Renée Bondi. Over the years I have met thousands of people in wheelchairs, and none quite possesses the grace and joy, the courage and talents of this remarkable woman. God has gifted Renée in an extraordinary measure, and her story has touched countless lives.
Thats why Im so excited about her new book Still, I Will Praise. Between the pages youll discover a depth and richness to Renées life, ministry, and marriage, and you will go away all the blessed for it. Thank you, Renée, for opening your heart wider for all to see the grace of God in your life!
Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center