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Joni: An Unforgettable Story Paperback – Special Edition, August 5, 2001
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The award-winning story of a young woman who triumphed over devastating odds to touch countless lives the world over with the healing message of Christ. Includes photos and illustrations by Joni.
In a split second on a hot July afternoon, a diving accident transformed the life of Joni Eareckson Tada forever. She went from being an active young woman to facing every day in a wheelchair. In this unforgettable autobiography, Joni reveals each step of her struggle to accept her disability and discover the meaning of her life. The hard-earned truths she discovers and the special ways God reveals his love are testimonies to faith's triumph over hardship and suffering.
The new 25th Anniversary edition of this award-winning story--which has more than 3,000,000 copies in print in over 40 languages--will introduce a new generation of readers to the incredible greatness of God's power and mercy at work in those who fully give their hearts and lives to him.
Joni has written an afterword in which she describes the events that have occurred in her life since the book's publication in 1976, including her marriage to Ken Tada and the expansion of her worldwide ministry to families affected by disability.
Joni is now available for the first time in an unabridged audio version read by the author.
About the Author
Joni Eareckson Tada is 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 When God Weeps, Diamonds in the Dust, A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award, and her latest award-winning devotional A Spectacle of Glory. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married for 35 years. For more information on Joni and Friends, visit www.joniandfriends.org
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It is, but it's also a wonderful story for adults. I was engrossed and ended up reading the whole book all over again.
What a refreshing, encouraging story! My favorite thing is that Joni doesn't gloss over the hard things. Not only her quadriplegia, but also her struggles with depression and struggles with God. I found myself writing down quotes from the book so I would remember them, and once again, this has encouraged me spiritually. Thank you, Joni!
In no way am I suggesting that her experiences and struggles and accomplishments are to be dismissed or looked down on. On the contrary, I think her life is amazing and I wish I could meet her! But for me, the book itself was mostly ranting.
I've read this before in it's physical form but this edition adds an updated afterword and a list of resources for the disabled.
It is the story of Joni Eareckson Tada. Paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident at age 17, Joni has faced suffering that few could imagine. She has endured unbelievable pain and loss. She has not even been able to do the simplest things for herself such as get a glass of water. Yet, in spite of all of that, she has excelled both spiritually and in the impact that she has had on countless others.
The author provides some terrific insights into thankfulness, suffering and God's will. One thing that amazes me is her observation about how 'being in a wheelchair became trivial' after she realized how God's perspective is so completely different from ours and she changed her own. Another is the way that she visualized Jesus telling her that He knows how to run her life much better than she does even if it meant being physically helpless.
Another interesting story deals with the thought that perhaps a prayer of hers before the accident led to that lifechanging event.
The bottom line is that this is a superb book that should be read by all Christians, those dealing with big disabilities, and virtually everyone else who is interested in a life story made powerful by Jesus Christ.