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The God I Love: A Lifetime of Walking with Jesus

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  288 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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 man ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 22nd 2003 by Zondervan Publishing Company (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kathryn Webster
God blessed me with this book. Through the eyes of Joni I was able to look at her journey and relate to her stuggles. Maybe not all physical struggles but the mental ones indeed. Her writing is discriptive (which I love) and she has an amazing ability to weave one chapter into the next with scripture to introduce the chapter at hand. I love the passion she has for life and relationships. I am so glad she wrote this book!
Tracy Hackney
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
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.
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.
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.

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 3 of 5 stars
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
journey with an amazing woman as she deals with the realities of being disabled and seeking God in the midst of suffering
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
Oh my goodness, this book was excellent! A "must read" for sure. I couldn't put it down.
Truthful, transparent, and inspirational. Proof that God can work wonders in unexpected ways.
Wonderful audio book. I feel like I know her and her story has really encouraged my faith.
Tricia Hulehan
Good foundational book on Joni's early life. very inspirational.
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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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