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4-8-- Autobiographies of three people who have conquered adversity, all devout Christians who give credit for their success to God. Carson was thought of as "stupid" as a child, until it was determined that poor eyesight was the cause of his academic problems. He became chief pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dravecky's career as a major league baseball player was cut short by a tumor on his pitching arm; he made a brief comeback before the arm had to be amputated. Eareckson was an active teenager when a diving accident left her a quadriplegic. She regained the use of her arms in a long, agonizing process; she has become well known for her art, which she paints with a brush in her mouth. These books, abridged from adult works, have the vocabulary and concepts typical of high-interest, low-vocabulary stories. There are long, technical descriptions in Ben Carson ; both it and Dave Dravecky omit important facts (Carson's mother is dropped from the story once he becomes a medical student; Dravecky doesn't mention how he plans to support his family). The illustrations add little as facial features appear blurred and indistinct. This is unfortunate as the pictures show a lot of action and are numerous and well placed. --Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 25th Anniversary edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310240018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310240013
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shelley Gammon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 15, 2006
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This is one of those few stories that never leave you. Even after you have read the book, closed it and put it on the shelf, the story remains and you can't get it out of your head. A bright, energetic, full-of-life girl goes diving into the shallow water - an act that will forever change her life and ultimately change the lives of millions of others.

Suddenly, this athletic, independent young girl is trapped in a body that will not move. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, she finds herself no longer independent, but fully dependent on the care of others for the simplest of tasks. Things we take for granted like wiping away tears, blowing your own nose or brushing your hair - now on someone else's time table, not your own.

Understandably, this turn of events shakes her faith as she shakes her mental fists at God for dashing all her hopes and dreams for the future. Failed romances, rocky friendships, family heartaches - Joni holds nothing back in this insightful view into her world.

Through her emotional and spiritual failings, the author shares her growth and understanding of God's plan for her life and the lives of others. Using her mouth to draw and paint, the author became an established artist long before people realized that the artist whose work they were admiring was completely paralyzed and unable to use her hands. This revelation thrust her into celebrity where she has been able to make more of an impact on the lives of others than she would have ever been able to have accomplished prior to her injury.

Through her charity, Joni & Friends, the author has provided for wheelchairs for the disabled around the world and opened the doors of opportunity to wheelchair bound people everywhere.
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I WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO THIS BOOK AS A YOUNG CHILD. JONI HAS TRULY BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO ME. I AM NOW A 22 YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO HAS LIVED WITH CEREBRAL PALSY SINCE BIRTH. LIKE JONI, I TOO AM A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN AND I TRULY CANNOT IMAGINE (MY) LIFE WITHOUT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN IT. IN THIS MEMOIR, ONE TRULY SEES THE STRUGGLES, THE HEARTBREAKS, AND THE JOYS AND TRIUMPHS THAT THE LORD BRINGS THIS YOUNG LADY THROUGH. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE-IN A CHAIR OR NOT, AND I TOO CAN SAY THAT I WOULD MUCH RATHER BE IN A CHAIR WITH THE LORD, THAN ON MY FEET WITHOUT HIM.
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By A Customer on October 26, 2001
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I read this book a few months a go. I haven't read many of christian writer's story about their lives, but some that i have read never really touched me the way Joni did. I was impressed and blessed from her honesty in pouring out her thoughts and feelings, even the bad ones. It did not discourage me, but instead it made me realise that we need to deal with ourselves to be able to see the real us and to be able to see what God wants to do in our lives.
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I first learned about Joni and her life through my nurse. I watched her movie and since then, I have deeply admired her in more ways than one, especially for her strenght and insiring attitude.

I read the book "Joni" and I think it's much better than the movie because it explains in much more details everything that she went through. Joni is a great writer and reading her books is a very pleasant experience!!!

I am also a quadriplegic, and Joni has brought me closer to God by her movie, books, radio programs, website, etc ... I can relate to her when it comes to how it is to live with a disability, so what she says and writes does reach me!!!

I do recommend the book "Joni" to everyone, disabled or not!! It tells the story of a young woman who did overcome a personal tragedy, found a way to keep living and now she is a happy person who helps so many people!!

As she said somewhere ..... " There are many things which are more important than walking"

Carolina (Lola)
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I first read this book when I was 11 years old. Joni's story evokes deep feelings of despair, sorrow, anger, frustration, hope, inspiration and love. At 11 years old, this book provided a much-needed introduction to the hardships of life. I believe reading this book at such a young age prepared me for life and ministry.
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By A Customer on January 8, 2000
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Joni's Story is an very inspiring book because she creates a good athmosphere by using a wide variety of words. She explained her feelings well and you get a picture in your mind of all the things she was going through after the acident. I liked the book so much I ended up reading it twice. The first time I read this book was when I was 8 but when I read it again I was 10 and that shows this book is not aimed at any specific age group.
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By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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This book is beautiful,it shows with gods love and help you can overcome anything, her pictures that she draws with her mouth, are just beautiful. This story of her life, should encourage everyone to go on no matter what the cost. JESUS LOVES YOU !!!!!
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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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