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.Publishers Description
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."
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.61"
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Aug 5, 2001
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Availability 16 units.
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|a book you'll never put down - ever Jun 16, 2006|
|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.
I've seen the author on Larry King a few times and always wondered, "how does that woman keep smiling and keep such an upbeat attitude?" It is hard to imagine a worse fate than what she has endured since her accident, yet after reading her personal account of her life since that fateful summer in 1967, the reader understands exactly why she smiles and truly has joy in her life. I picked up this book thinking it would be 'interesting' and nothing more - I was delightfully surprised to find this to be a page-turner I could not put down. Even though I've finished reading this autobiography, I doubt I will ever truly put this book down. This is a story that sticks with you long after you've closed the back cover.
|Sometimes it's not the answer you're looking for... May 24, 2006|
|At 17, Joni (pronounced "Johnny") Earekson prays that God will turn her life around. The answer to her prayer took the form of a diving accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Non-Christians may find Joni's spiritual reflections tiresome or puzzling, but will still find inspiration in a young girl's transformation from suicidal despair to spiritual serenity. Illustrated with photos and reproductions of some of Joni's artwork, this is a worthwhile read, best suited for a summer day under a shade tree or a winter night beside a warm fire.|
|absolutely inspiring!!!!!!!!!! Dec 6, 2005|
|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"
|From an author with Cerebral Palsy, Lynn McDaniel Dec 1, 2005|
|It has been several years since I read Joni's story, but I still remember being spellbound by her story, all the while identifying with so very much of what happened to her. It's one thing to hve been born with a debilitating disablity as I was and it's quite another thing to have it "happen" later in life. If you enjoyed Joni, you will also enjoy YES, I CAN! by Lynn McDaniel. Joni, I would love for you to read my story and read your review. Please stay tuned for its sequel, YES, I CAN TOO! which should be out soon. Lynn McDaniel Giddens, Montgomery, Alabama|
|I absolutely loved it! Nov 4, 2005|
|Joni, written by Joni Eareckson Tada, is a beautiful book. It is definitely a real page-turner. When I read Joni, I didn't want to stop. I just could not put the book down. I felt like I was right in the room with Joni, and she was telling me her life story. I felt what she felt: sadness, fear, anger, hope, desperation, and love. It is probably one of the best books I have ever read.|
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