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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1St Edition edition (February 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310273420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310273424
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When a diving accident in 1967 paralyzed her from the neck down, Tada, then a teenager, questioned God and life itself. Decades later, the author and founder of Joni and Friends, a ministry for the disabled, writes from her wheelchair, [T]here are more important things in life than walking. In her latest book, Tada jumps back in time to reveal her thoughts as a young quadriplegic, then pleads with her teenage self and the reader to be patient and hopeful. In each chapter, Tada offers a ruby of her own hard-won wisdom (e.g., God may not always provide healing; courage in the midst of suffering is a testament to God's love; God gives grace in tough times) and encourages readers to dialogue with God to understand the purpose for hardships. Tada then supports this argument about suffering with Scripture, folding some verses into the chapters and compiling others into three appendices. Those who are ill, struggling or hopeless may be comforted by her testimony and perhaps roused to pray and perform good deeds while awaiting relief in whatever form it may take. (Mar.)
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Heaven has a special room for Joni and Ken. A room large enough to contain the crowds of people who, like me, want to tell them, “Thank you.” And all of us---friends, readers, listeners---will take our turn, though we already know what Joni and Ken will say. They will point to Christ: “Thank Him.” -- Max Lucado

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Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder of Joni and Friends, an organization accelerating Christian outreach in the disability community that numbers 610 million people worldwide. This organization operates out of the new Joni and Friends International Disability Center located in Agoura Hills, California. Joni is not only an international disability advocate but an artist and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Pearls of Great Price, Diamonds in the Dust, More Precious Than Silver, the Platinum award-winning Joni, Heaven: Your Real Home, When God Weeps, and The God I Love.

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I would thank her in person for writing this book if I could.
Lynn D. Hale
Those who have to live daily with pain and suffering, or alongside people they love who are suffering, will find this book to be powerful and poignant.
B. Ross
Suffering with Christ can bring one into pure joy and happiness beyond the physical realm in order to endure the hardship life can bring.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on June 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Though Joni Eareckson Tada does not divulge her exact age in these pages, she's clearly pushing 60. It's hard for some of us to imagine this, because we were so influenced by the images of her first book, JONI, in which she was such a young woman, struggling to accept the realities of her physically constricted life: a quadriplegic confined to a bed or wheelchair as a result of a diving accident.

But her mature age is the hook that makes this current book work. Looking back, over more than 40 years of confinement, often with physical pain, she speaks the wisdom of age and faith to emotions, feelings and questions that virtually defined her in her youth.

Each chapter starts with a brief scene from Tada's past, written in the present tense. You are there with her --- in a Baltimore hospital feeling as if someone is suffocating her in the middle of the night; a month later, after a surgery, alone, afraid, despairing; on another day when a friend visits and reads a requested Bible passage; a decade later, when she's speaking to a captive audience, prisoners at a correctional facility in Northern Virginia. "I told them how weak-kneed I sometimes got when I thought about living twenty or even thirty more years in a wheelchair."

Tada then addresses the scene from a contemporary vantage point. In the chapter titled "Sufficient Grace" that starts in a prison setting, she reflects: "I'll admit it, the long years haven't made paralysis any easier."

Yet the book is bigger than Tada's personal story. As founder of Joni and Friends, "an organization accelerating Christian outreach in the disability community," she draws vignettes of hope from a wide network of people needing and finding help and hope in difficult situations.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gerard F. Zemek on July 1, 2009
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I haven't read a Joni book in a long time but found this one while browsing through the library. I'm so glad I did! What makes this book so good is that Joni goes back to how she thought about things when she was a teen and now shares 40 years later what she has learned since. As always, the writing in Joni's books is superb. This book is hard to put down. It gave me sort of a spiritual bath, which I think we all need from time to time to reflect on the really important things in life. Bless you, Joni! I highly recommend you read this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bocadillo Descarado on March 30, 2009
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Joni writes, "Please hear me on this, a woman who has lived with total paralysis for 14,965 days (give or take)...." and she shares beautiful "rubies" of wisdom from her four decades in a wheelchair.

She honestly speaks of the desperation and depression she dealt with. Joni gives amazing words of truth which is incredibly inspiring. It is a must-read for anyone who loves someone in a wheelchair. The insight is priceless.

It will make you cry to realize what she's been through. It will also give you incredible hope because this world is not all there is. We have Heaven to look forward to!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reading Raven on June 29, 2009
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This book contains wisdom that only years and years of suffering with Christ can bring. Suffering with Christ can bring one into pure joy and happiness beyond the physical realm in order to endure the hardship life can bring. Christ says that He will never give us more then we can handle. Joni shows us how to handle life in the good and bad times! Great Read!! Endearing!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Peach on October 30, 2009
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I highly recommend this book to anyone that has or knows someone who has a physical problem. We are all broken in one way or another. Embracing the Way God Heals You will help you to not feel sorry for yourself but to look at what God has given you and how you can use what you do have to honor Him. It will help you turn an "I can't" attitude to an "I can" attitude. Once you read one of Joni Eareckson Tada's books, you will want to read them all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. lazenby on October 12, 2009
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Joni has been a quadrapeligic for 40 years since a diving accident at
age 18. In spite of complete dependance on others to survive, she has had a global ministry.She takes wheelchairs to those who cannot afford one and offers hope and encouragement from lessons hard won.
God has not given her back her mobility, but He has given her something much richer;
a peace in His presence and years of Wisdom gained through her obediance to God's
purpose for her life. This is a "must read" for anyone wondering what their purpose is while on this earth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Wilson on October 3, 2009
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The author, Joni Eareckson Tada, was only seventeen when she became paralyzed after a diving accident. She says God asked her for everything she had....health, hopes, independence, dreams, freedom, and mobility. At first she was angry...

More than forty years later, thru trials, disappointments, challenges, and fear, this amazing woman has produced her best book yet. A lifetime in a wheelchair has enabled her to share with us, some of the wisdom she has acquired about her faith in God.

Along with her autobiography, "The God I Love", Joni, an accomplished artist, musician, author of many inspirational books, is also an international disability advocate. She once told God "I can't live like this. If You won't let me die, then show me how to live". He did. She listened. The world loves this beautiful woman.

Reader, if you need more proof that our creator God indeed exists, check out this book and the resource pages Joni provides in back of the book that will inspire you to rise above your present circumstances. Joni's lifetime of wisdom "lifts us higher" and she has learned how to do it as a quadriplegic. You cannot help but love her and all those who have assisted her over the decades, including her devoted husband.
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