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A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434765326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434765321
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over four decades ago, a diving accident left Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic. Since that time, she has become a beloved writer and speaker to millions. But today, Joni faces a new battle: chronic, unrelenting pain. As she writes,

Just as I said to God years ago when I was first injured, I find myself praying, Lord, I can’t live like this for the rest of my life! This ongoing urgency has forced me to look back on familiar scriptures and examine them from new angles. Does God miraculously intervene in the lives of all who pray for release from migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, cancer—or, in my case, chronic pain?

And if not, why not?

Here Joni invites you to walk with her through an intense and baffling season of her life. Her words offer not a bundle of ivory-tower theological conclusions but intimate insight from a woman on a journey—a woman who believes in healing from a God who chooses when that healing will come.
 

About the Author

Joni Eareckson Tada is the president of Joni and Friends, an organization accelerating Christian outreach in the disability community. An acclaimed artist and the author of nearly fifty books, Joni lives with her husband in Southern California.


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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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Joni Eareckson Tada wrote this book in the midst of pain and suffering, from the trenches.
C. Bennett
Joni has had more suffering than most people ever will, and her heart for God and others shines through this wonderful book.
Robert G. Leroe
I've read all of Joni's books over the years and find her to be an incredibly inspirational woman of faith.
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Although Joni has written about suffering in previous books such as A Step Further and When God Weeps, she wrote this book to revisit the topic after experiencing two years of unrelenting chronic pain that still continues. Almost 60 years old, and a quadriplegic for 43 of them, this book chronicles a new chapter in her life. It is the fruit of Christian maturity as well as careful biblical reflection and takes a very practical, God-glorifying approach. The title, A Place of Healing, refers not only to "our wonderfully sovereign God" as our place of healing (page 12), but also to her wheelchair (page 52) as her place of inner growth and healing where God can be glorified the most.

One is introduced to suffering as an aspect of spiritual warfare in chapter 1. Chapter 2 addresses the real question regarding God and healing which is not whether God can heal but whether or not he will heal all those who truly come to him in faith. In chapter 3 one is introduced to Canadian missionary statesman Henry Frost who wrote the book Miraculous Healing, first published in 1931, which Joni considers the most sensible and balanced treatment on the subject of divine healing. She expounds on four key points on healing found in this book, adding her own insights. Chapter 4 provides five benefits to suffering, chapter 5 gives four answers to the question of "How can I go on like this?", and chapter 6 lays out eight ideas on how we bring Christ glory in a time of trial or limitation. Chapter 7 suggests several ways to gain a fresh, hopeful perspective, and chapter 8 meditatively reflects on heaven as a place of ultimate healing. Chapter 9 introduces us to some wonderful people her ministry came into contact with who spiritually overcame their "disabilities".
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Bennett VINE VOICE on August 5, 2010
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Joni Eareckson Tada wrote this book in the midst of pain and suffering, from the trenches. Having prayed for healing, the answer was "no" or "not yet." How do you deal with that in your Christian life? How do you accept pain and suffering when you know God desires your health and wholeness? This book is all about that struggle with pain, suffering, and loving God through it. It is written with maturity, with experience, and with love.

The book is divided into ten chapters, that ask questions like: "what benefit is there to my pain?" and "how can I go on like this?"

Tada reaches into her almost forty years of experience as a quadraplegic to answer these questions, even in the midst of her own questioning.

As someone with a rare, treatable but incurable endocrine disease, I found this book to be of tremendous benefit. These are questions I have often struggled with, and her perspective, biblical insight and seasoned maturity brought a fresh breath of hope to me.

This book will be a terrific gift to someone you know who is suffering through disease, illness and pain.

Five stars, without question, for its authenticity.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Leroe VINE VOICE on August 5, 2010
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(in another book) Joni was asked to list the most important, influential books she has read (besides the Bible) and at the top was an old seminary text, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, by Loraine Boettner. One can only speculate how comforting the doctrine of God's sovereignty has been for this remarkable, saintly woman. Accepting the mystery of Divine Providence is the only way life makes sense at times, and learning contentment within God's purpose is the book's underlying theme. I found this latest book of autobiography, reflections, and insight profoundly moving. While I maintain that A Step Further is Joni's most substantive book on human suffering, I can see how this latest volume provides another layer in an ongoing story, placed upon a firm foundation of faith tested in untold trials. New experiences, new insights are based on new struggles with chronic pain (and just prior to publication it's been learned that Joni has breast cancer...and not surprisingly, she hopes to encourage fellow cancer patients). We can read about her experiences, and yet although Joni is a gifted writer, even her words are inadequate; we can only imagine her struggle (and victory) in the grip of circumstances that would defeat most people. It's been said that suffering will make us either compassionate or bitter. Joni has had more suffering than most people ever will, and her heart for God and others shines through this wonderful book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Hoyos VINE VOICE on August 30, 2010
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Though I have never met Joni Eareckson Tada, I am one of those thousands of people she has helped through her ministry. Having suffered serious illness and injury since I was a child, I have relied heavily upon the inspiration, encouragement and comfort she has provided me through her books, talk show interviews, radio broadcasts and Christmas cards. After having read Joni's latest book, "A Place of Healing," I feel that I am better equipped to climb out of any pit of despair into which Satan throws me.

I love a good mystery. Joni thoroughly explores the greatest mystery of the universe: Why does God heal some people and not others? Miracles of healing occur throughout the world every day. Joni shares the pain and humiliation she has suffered for not having experienced a miraculous healing. Some Christians have accused her of harboring unconfessed sins that have blocked her healing. However, Joni repeatedly emphasizes that Jesus heals according to His will and not our own.

I know why I have suffered illness. It has brought me closer to Jesus. Throughout my life, I've had to rely heavily on Him, especially when the physicians could not help me. I'd rather have a broken, diseased body that is healed upon entering into Heaven than have a healthy one that is thrown into the Lake of Fire. Joni describes the various benefits from suffering. It provides discipline and guidance on earth and eternal rewards in Heaven. All our tears are kept in a bottle; Jesus sees them all. In Heaven, He promises to erase all our tears and pain (Revelation 21:3 through 4). This passage gives me great comfort.

Joni's quadriplegia was definitely part of Jesus' plan. It gave her the opportunity to minister with handicapped people.
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