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The God I Love: A Lifetime of Walking with Jesus

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A little girl on a big horse, cantering across a spring-green pasture…wide-eyed children gathered ‘round a beach fire, listening to a father’s stories of the high seas… an expansive, you-can-see-forever view from the top of Pike’s Peak…

Another view from a Stryker frame, where an active young woman learns she will never walk again…

Heading down a church aisle to marry the ma
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 22nd 2003 by Zondervan (first published July 11th 2003)
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Jennifer Nelson
This is a life changing book. This is the story of Joni Eareckson Tada's walk with God and the development of her relationship with Him, starting with her earliest childhood memories. Joni has suffered in ways that most of us cannot imagine and God has used this suffering to show Himself to her in ways that a lot of us have never seen. One of the running themes in this book is that those who lean on God the hardest find out His strength and love in the deepest ways. God shines through Joni's lif ...more
Dawn Weaver
Aug 11, 2014 Dawn Weaver rated it really liked it
I was delighted to discover this updated autobiography of Joni for a couple of reasons. First, I remember enjoying her original book, JONI years ago (1976) when it came out. Secondly, I was eager to read her story again because recently I've bumped into very strong antagonism toward her testimony.

Having myself admired her strong faith in the face of quadriplegia I was surprised to hear her accused of undermining the faith of those with similar conditions. It seems that her outspoken testimony t
Shirley Kummer
May 02, 2015 Shirley Kummer rated it really liked it
Joni is a fantastic and gifted writer. I have loved every book of hers that I own. At first, I thought I would be bored with this one as it is a memoir but I was soon to discover that I was wrong. She begins with her childhood and continues with growing into her teens, the diving accident that left her a quadriplegic, and the many years of trying to accept this reality.

Joni and her family were extremely active people, loving outdoors, horses, camping, sports and competition. To have this tragedy
Dec 25, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, inspiring testimony to every one of us.

I was simply awed to read how Joni's decision to trust the Lord, despite what looked to be the end of happiness and meaning in her life, transformed her future into something so eternally significant not just for herself but for thousands of others. She could have chosen to be bitter and angry. She could have turned her back on God in anger for what happened to her... but she didn't, and thank God for that.

Her story, which I'd read before in h
Georgia Herod
Feb 20, 2012 Georgia Herod rated it it was amazing
Joni Eareckson Tada has long been one of my spiritual heroes, beginning not long after her lifestory was published in Joni, both the book and the movie. She is honest, transparent, and vulnerable in this memoir as she reveals a rather idyllic life before her diving accident at age 19, and then shares her doubt and questions about the life that she will live afterwards. When someone has walked through hardship and suffering the way she has, I listen. God is very real to her--and what she shares i ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
I can't put into words how powerful this book is. Joni's faltering faith in God over the years after her diving accident, and the questions she fought with, and the answers that God gave her, and the peace.... it reaches deep into my heart. I felt drawn to read this book and I am so glad that I did. God has used Joni's life to help so many people all over the world through darkness in their own lives - especially those who have been physically handicapped in some way. But it wasn't just about he ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Jennah rated it it was amazing
This book had me captivated since the very first chapter. I knew then, that this was going to be my favorite book.

This book is about Joni Eareckson Tada's childhood, teenage years, the paralysis accident, meeting her husband and creating a ministry that is called, "Joni and Friends". I was completely inspired by Joni because of her faith in God, her compassion on others, her wisdom, her devotion to the work God had for her. God only knew what he had in store for that little girl in the book, but
Dec 20, 2013 PJ rated it really liked it
I thought I knew Joni's story about the diving accident when she was 17 that put her in a wheelchair for life. But I never knew about the first 17 years of her life.

Joni is so open as she shares about her life growing up in a Christian family, loving horses and having an active life. I have reached the part in the book where she is 14 and just discovered the difference between knowing God in her mind and REALLY knowing Him in her HEART!! She is genuine and honest about her thoughts and feelings
Apr 24, 2013 Larisha rated it it was amazing
Before her 18th birthday, Joni prayed & asked God about getting closer to HIM.

God's thoughts & ways r far above us & HE uses things we never would have thought.

Joni writes about a Turning point when she sensed God hadn't left her - it was a visit from her friend Jacque, when she was transported to Johns Hopkins to get her fingernails taken out and she saw a statue of the resurrected Jesus with the NAILS & scars and her thoughts no longer mattered, only God's!! Jesus's nails for
Sep 04, 2009 Janice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joni and I grew up in the same town and it was neat to read about people and places I know. We even went to the same piano teacher so I enjoyed her story about a recital. We attended the same high school and I knew who she was but it wasn't until after her accident that I got to know her. Joni is just as genuine in real life. I used to love to take her to speaking engagements when she still lived in Maryland. My sister and I used to love to sing hymns with her and play Bible memory. This is a wo ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Janeen rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
Joni and her early life.
Tracy Hackney
Jul 07, 2010 Tracy Hackney rated it it was amazing
Amazing story of an amazing woman! Joni Eareckson Tada shows what it is like to walk with God during difficult times. She does not sugarcoat the difficulties but allows us to see her pain and doubts over the years of dealing with her quadriplegia. However, what comes shining through is her confidence and trust in a loving and sovereign God. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
Brian Eshleman
Mar 20, 2012 Brian Eshleman rated it really liked it
Shelves: sburg-mp3, faith
Both intimate and objective. Like C.S. Lewis's Surprised By Joy, the author recalls her lostness without Christ honestly and marks the gradual realizations He allowed to bring her to a saving knowledge of Him. This honestly continues as she describes her struggles with everything from bitterness to pride as a believer without allowing these flaws to overshadow her sense of adventure.
Oct 07, 2010 Debbie rated it it was amazing
The way Joni comes to view her wheelchair as not only a blessing but an answer to her prayer to make her more like God is nothing short of amazing as well as convicting. I have used her devotional books for years now and love her writing. This is a closer look at her initial struggles and how she overcame them to devote herself wholly to God. Uplifting and inspirational.
Jeff Learned
Nov 29, 2015 Jeff Learned rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
The first 75-100 pages drag a bit, but the rest is great. A very encouraging book.
Jul 10, 2010 Barbw rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, biography
This is a more indepth memoir than Joni has written before. She shares details about her years before the diving accident and her relationships with family members. It is obvious that these relationships had much to do with the way she has lived her life since the accident. I really enjoyed this book and was encouraged by reading about her life.

Dec 16, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it
Joni Eareckson Tada is an amazing woman. She was able to turn a major disability into a blessing for herself and many people all around the world, after overcoming much emotional turmoil. It was an inspiration for me, nudging me to count my blessings and to keep trying to do good things in the world despite my struggles.
Jul 30, 2007 Bev rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girls
A friend gave me this and it was a nice Sunday afternoon read. I read the book, Joni, years ago and have been a constant admirer of her faith since. This newer book tells a couple episodes from Joni's childhood before her accident and also some from her recent years and ministry.
Gerald Curtis
Jul 01, 2011 Gerald Curtis rated it it was amazing
For years I enjoyed listening to Joni's inspiring radio show. I've always been curious how she became the inspiring, dedicated disciple that she is, so it was fun and inspiration to read the story of her life, narrated by herself.
Aug 07, 2011 Johnvano rated it it was amazing
Shelves: simply-the-best
I was very familiar with Joni's story before this book, but this provided even more depth and inspiration, including the frank struggles she's had and overcome by the grace and power of God. A bold and moving testimony for Christ.
Oct 25, 2008 Keri rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was so powerful. It came at just the right time and was able to help me thru so many struggles. I loved the way she wrote. She was so descriptive you could almost picture yourself in the scenes with her
Chad Schollaert
Apr 16, 2010 Chad Schollaert rated it it was amazing
Listened to this book on CD. Not my favorite style but I can say that I have a better sense of suffering and God's sovereignty. I appreciate her transparency. This is a must read/listen for any Christian.
Mar 25, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it
Felt as though I sat at her feet and listened to years of trials, temptations, testing of pain. She doesn't glamorize or speak spiritually to something unattainable. Finished it in less than a week
Jul 01, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
loved this book by Joni. Very touching and very convicting of my own emotional paralysis. I am very thankful and inspired by her testimony. Thank you JOni
Aug 22, 2008 Yoli rated it it was amazing
I love Joni Erickson Tada; So I loved reading more about her life. She is truly an inspritation and loves the Lord and lives serving others! Wow!
Apr 09, 2014 Elaine added it
A wonderful book by an amazing woman! I admire her greatly for how she has dealt with her trials and helped others.
Jun 04, 2007 Carrie rated it really liked it
journey with an amazing woman as she deals with the realities of being disabled and seeking God in the midst of suffering
Oct 14, 2012 Dats rated it it was amazing
I love these kind of books. So positive. It shows no matter what happens to you in life, God is still there walking with you.
Terry Hathaway
Apr 26, 2014 Terry Hathaway rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, this book was excellent! A "must read" for sure. I couldn't put it down.
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Previously published as Joni Eareckson
A diving accident in 1967 left Mrs. Tada a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, unable to use her hands. During two years of rehabilitation, she spent long months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Her high detail fine art paintings and prints are sought after and collected.
Due to her best-selling books, beginning with her autobiograp
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