Ken Tada and Joni Eareckson married in 1982 after their two-year friendship turned into loving courtship. Their authentic Christ-centered relationship taught them the meaning of sacrificial commitment in the months prior to their wedding where Ken learned to help with Joni’s care. Still the true cost of their mutual commitment was one time would test. This book is their “untold love story.”
Joni Eareckson Tada, immobile from the shoulders down and confined to a wheelchair is most remembered for her heroic walk of faith after the diving accident that paralyzed her. In time, her “Christian outreach in the disability community” led to the founding of Joni and Friends, an organization that“…provides practical support and spiritual help to special needs families.”
However, her amazing achievements only started there. She would learn to paint holding a paintbrush in her mouth and write books with voice recognition software, yet as amazing as this was, she never considered the challenges of marriage. However, God had other ideas.
When Ken, a high-school teacher-coach, and Joni said their wedding vows in 1982 they anticipated a “happily-ever-after” marriage. Neither realized how their bond would be challenged and tested once romance faded into the required routine basic to Joni’s health care.
They also couldn’t anticipate Joni’s broken leg, her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2010 or the onset of chronic pain that would stun her paralyzed body in the 90’s. Pain that “…shot through her with hellish…twisted, razor-edged agony…” without let up. They would later look on this time as “the testing years,” where Ken once said in frustration, “Joni, if I met all your expectations, you wouldn’t need God.”
Their unforgettable story of love, dogged by frustration, depression, and a joint sense of abandonment brought new meaning to the wedding vows of “…for better, for worse, in sickness and in health.” It’s an account of challenge and testing, complicated by 24/7 caregiving issues for Ken and learning to accept Ken’s help in the most intimate ways for Joni. Their issues could only be met with faith and trust in Christ, forged through a sense of selflessness and sacrifice where each learned to give and receive.
Thirty years later, their tried and tested commitment is “tighter than ever…bound by a cord of three strands.” Sixteen pages of color pictures and black and white photos illustrate their marriage, ministry, international travels and time with evangelist Billy Graham’s Moscow Crusade, where 10,000 stood “outside the Lenin stadium unable to get in.”
Although few readers will experience the uncommon physical challenges Joni and Ken faced and continue to face, their story illustrates issues common to all marriages and relationships. Such tests, trials and challenges can only be met through Christ, where self is set aside and we learn to become “Christ’s hands and feet” with those we love and care about.
Joni and Ken’s untold love story, written with realism and raw vulnerability, carries the scent of God’s grace and should be required reading for anyone contemplating marriage or in a serious relationship.
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‘Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story’ by Ken Tada, Joni Eareckson Tada & Larry Libby, Hardcover, Zondervan Publishers, 2013, 192 Pages, 978-0310314691, $18.99=
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‘Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story’ by Ken Tada, Joni Eareckson & Larry Libby
This is the true love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. A love story showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love … in sickness and in health. Even the honeymoon wasn’t easy.
Did Ken realize what he was getting into when he proposed to Joni, a quadriplegic woman? As their marriage years moved on, Ken became increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for Joni, who begins to experience chronic, extreme, nightmarish pain. Ken sinks into depression, and the couple finds themselves on parallel tracks in life, married and living under the same roof but drifting apart emotionally.
But as they fight for their marriage and find their way through the mazes of depression and pain, they wrap their two lives around their rock—Jesus. During Ken’s denial of Joni’s diagnosis, and Joni’s thoughts of how wonderful a quick exit to heaven would be, they experience a personal visitation with the savior you will never forget.
‘Where’s my Miracle’ by Joni Eareckson Tada
Where’s My Miracle? What to do when God doesn’t heal you. Nothing can describe the horror of hearing doctors say, “You will never walk or use your hands again.”
Or — “You have cancer. I’m afraid it’s terminal.”
Like many people, you look to the Lord and pray for healing. You have friends and the pastor pray for you, but nothing happens. You read Scripture and claim the promises. You even have someone anoint you with oil or go to a healing crusade. But God doesn’t give you your miracle.
You can find the joy of serving God despite unanswered prayer in this 14-page pamphlet. In just 30 minutes or less, you will unlock the door to a new attitude toward life. The topic of unanswered prayer is an issue that author, Joni Eareckson Tada, can speak to personally: A diving accident in 1967, when she was 17, left her a quadriplegic. She has lived 45 years in a wheelchair and she has experienced her share of ups and downs. “But,” she says, “Oh, the difference the grace of God has made in my life.”
Let Joni tell you her secrets to peace and joy, despite her wheelchair. She has spent decades studying the Word of God. She knows that God does not enjoy seeing your pain and frustration. He has compassion for you and gives you many ways to deal with life so that you can have peace.
‘A Thankful Heart in a World of Hurt’ by Joni Eareckson Tada
Tough times make you want to give up and throw in the towel. You try to overcome, but the exhaustion destroys your energy and hope. You try to pray, but the pain interrupts your concentration. You want to give up.
The topics of fear and hopelessness, depression and suffering, loneliness and worry are issues that author, Joni Eareckson Tada, can speak to personally. Let Joni tell you her secrets to peace and joy, despite her wheelchair. She has spent decades studying the Word of God.
She has taken her most important insights on thankfulness and joy and encapsulated them into this 14-page pamphlet. Whether you or a loved one suffers this pamphlet will bring you comfort.
“The Lord loves us and he has given us his Word to help us through. Let me share the secrets to joy and happiness I’ve found.”
‘Suffering: Making Sense of Suffering’ by Joni Eareckson Tada
24 ways I’ve found sense in suffering. Suffering is miserable. When overwhelmed by pain and problems, it’s easy to feel helpless, hopeless and sink into a whirlpool of self-pity.
Joni Eareckson Tada knows about these emotions first hand. A diving accident in 1967 left her confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic at the age of 17. Joni knows what it’s like to suffer chronic pain. Yet she has found comfort and meaning in the God of the Bible.
This Scripture-based pamphlet will bring hope and comfort to those going through personal difficulties, and will be a great help to groups dealing with grief, disabilities, emotional and physical trauma, divorce, and more.
‘God’s Hand in our Hardship’ by Joni Eareckson Tada
When you read through the Bible, you learn God hates suffering. Jesus spent much of his life relieving people’s illnesses and hurts. He calls us to do the same: to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, take care of widows and orphans and visit those in prison. So why doesn’t our all-powerful God get rid of suffering?
Popular author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada helps you understand why God allows suffering and what we can learn from it in this glossy, full-color, 14-page pamphlet.
‘Joni: An Unforgettable Story’ by Joni Eareckson Tada w/foreword by Billy Graham
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.
‘When God Weeps’ by Joni Eareckson Tada & Steve Estes
· If God is loving why is there suffering?
· What’s the difference between permitting something and ordaining it?
· When bad things happen, who’s behind them–God or the devil?
· When suffering touches our lives, questions like these suddenly demand an answer.
From our perspective, suffering doesn’t make sense, especially when we believe in a loving and just God. After more than thirty years in a wheelchair, Joni Eareckson Tada’s intimate experience with suffering gives her a special understanding of God’s intentions for us in our pain. In When God Weeps, she and lifelong friend Steven Estes probe beyond glib answers that fail us in our time of deepest need. Instead, with firmness and compassion, they reveal a God big enough to understand our suffering, wise enough to allow it—and powerful enough to use it for a greater good than we can ever imagine.