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Joni: An Unforgettable Story Hardcover – 1 Sep 1996

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 20 Anv edition (Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310211492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310211495
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At age seventeen, Joni Eareckson broke her neck in a diving accident. She would never move her arms or legs again. Joni had to endure long, painful months in the hospital. She could no longer do simple tasks like brushing her own hair or feeding herself. And she had to face tough questions. Would God heal her? What should she do about her boyfriend? Strengthened by her faith, her family, and her friends, Joni learned to draw with her mouth, to speak to large audiences -- even to drive a specially-equipped van! And God had even greater things in store . . . Joni's Story will not only inspire the physically challenged, but will also help healthy kids appreciate the special gifts the handicapped have to offer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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 bestselling books, including Joni, Diamonds in the Dust, Heaven, When God Weeps, 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.org --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
You know, sometimes we wonder if God is actually listening to our requests. We pray that He takes away our pain and suffering and we are taught that He heals the sick if only we ask for it and pray in faith.

This is the story of a young woman who prayed for the healing of a terrible injury after a tragic accident had disastrous consequences. God didn't heal her, but He had a bigger plan, one the human eye and mind could not see. Through this terrible tragedy, Joni triumphed over devastating odds and touched so many lives across the world with the healing message of Christ!

It seems incredible. A single moment one day led to a tragic accident which changed Joni's life forever. And yet, despite the devastating consequences, Joni showed how an active and promising life shattered, and all the struggles that ensued, can be transformed into accepting disability and discovering the meaning of life. She also shows how God reveals his love and she testifies to faith's triumph over hardship and suffering.

As Joni's story demonstrates, God's greatness, power and mercy are always at work in all those who fully give their hearts and lives to Him. No matter what the circumstances God can overcome, build up and show others His awesomeness and magnitude.

It is wonderful to read of God's healing miracles where folk are healed of life-long physical illness, but it is equally wonderful to read of God's triumphs when physical healing does not occur.
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I loved this book. I think it would be helpful to read for anyone that has suffered a spinal cord injury or that has encountered a personal struggle in their life. I love the message of this book, it tells people that they can overcome any obstacle if they beleive in god because they have been given the strength. My favorite line in this book is, "God never closes a door without opening a window." I believe this book was written to open the window to others about the love of god.
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By Susie on 15 Mar. 2014
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I had misplaced my copy that I bought years ago so wanted to buy another. This is a lovely edition as it is updated and has lovely photos in. It arrived within the time stated. I would recommend this story to anyone as it is so inspiring. Joni is an amazing woman.
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By Radiojock TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2013
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I read this book in its first release. Joni still comes across with a love for Christ and a faith that moves mountains. Some of us have to face our trials in isolation, but still, there is hope in the love of God and gift of faith He gives us, without which, we could not function.
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I first read this book in 1978 when it came out in the UK and it has been a favourite all these years. I recently bought this as a gift for my son's girlfriend and she asked for the sequel. Joni is one of the most inspirational lives of the 20th/21st century. You will read this in one sitting.
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Joni is an amazing woman. Her story touched me, and brought a deeper understanding of disablities, and the importance of faith. A good book to pass along to friends. Everyone will get something from it.
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I had never read Joni Eareckson's autobiography so was very pleased to buy this. It is a good quality used book and I would recommend it to anyone who thinks their own life is hard! It certainly made me reassess my own life.
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In a sense this isn’t a direct autobiography. We meet Joni at the start of the book when she feels as if she is drowning after bumping her head, until she is rescued by one of her sisters. It’s a huge shock to her system to find herself in hospital, unable to move anything other than her head. From dreams of college and independence, she is entirely dependent on the hospital staff, and unsure whether she will survive.

The rest of the book charts her progress, including two operations, and a great deal of pain. The emotional pain is even worse; she feels useless, deeply depressed, and determined not to survive. She becomes angry with God, then unsure whether or not He exists - when she is able to read (with assistance) she studies agnostic and atheist philosophers and gets into debate with folk around her. It’s a powerful story, and Joni’s battles with depression (and other problems) are told openly and honestly.

My only reservation with the book is the amount of ‘preaching’. It’s not that I disagree with the principles; as a Christian believer myself, I fully understand how Joni’s faith was challenged, and the importance of her dedicating her life again to Jesus. But at times it seemed there was too much direct exposition, written in rather stilted conversational form, that did not feel realistic or particularly helpful. Perhaps it’s more valuable to those who are not already aware of these principles, and yet my suspicion is that many would find them off-putting, and would have preferred a bit more subtlety.

With that proviso, I found this book (on my third reading in thirty years) well-written and well-paced, and enjoyed it very much.
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