Joni: An Unforgettable Story Hardcover – 1 Sep 1996
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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspirational - I would highly recommend everyone to read this book.Published 9 months ago by Gemma Davies
Amazing story of God's power, working through an incredible ambassador for Christ. I will never get tired of reading Joni's story.Published 11 months ago by Joanne Hammond
I really enjoyed this book. I read it years ago and decided to read again. Very inspirational and moving storyPublished 15 months ago by miss p r brown
I thought the book was excellent made me cry but also made me realise how lucky I am .very goodPublished 17 months ago by Mrs S I Rabbetts
This was both an inspiring and challenging book I recommend itPublished 18 months ago by jo edwards
Inspirational book purchased for a friend who has recently become disabledPublished 19 months ago by E H