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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
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Published May 18th 2010 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 1976)
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Jan 09, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an inspiring book!!! Joni is a person who refused to let circumstances defeat her. Her faith, her perseverance, her sheer determination brought about an amazing triumph of human spirit.
I read this book because I'm working with a client on a book and he also has quadriplegia. He said that when he was first injured, this book helped him cope with his disability. I hoped the book would help provide some inspiration and structural ideas for me in my client's project.

Joni is a Christian, and almost the entire book is devoted to her relating to her injury in the context of Christianity. I understand that her faith was important to her in coping with the whys and the hows of her inju
Mar 28, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went to see Joni Eareckson Tada speak and was so enthralled by her that I borrowed this book immediately from the library. She is such a motivating and encouraging hero of faith. You will not be disappointed from reading her autobiography. She tells you what happened in such details that you feel like you are right there in the hospital after her diving accident. I also anguished when I read about her pain, suffering, and depression. I was so happy for her when she turned back to God and reali ...more
Powerful testament to the truth that even when we don't care about God, are mad at God, are bitter at God, or are running from God, He graciously makes himself known in our lives anyway. I am amazed that Ms. Eareckson Tada was able to surrender to God in such a way as to praise Him each morning though her heart cries out, "I can't 'do' quadriplegia anymore"! She really does "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Mar 15, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-alouds, faith, 2016
What a blessing this book was as I read it with my 3 children. It lead to many fruitful discussions, and helped them see how God can work in the life of a young person like them (not just "old" people like me).
Funzee Shu
Oct 22, 2014 Funzee Shu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've read this book years ago...
Someone gave it to me, and her story still inspire me until today....

"God is good, all the time."
Jul 23, 2013 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is a beautiful blessing, this story is remarkable.

Joni has touched millions of people and continues to do so. I watched her documentary long time ago, and when i saw her book i grabbed it, and will buy my personal copy as it opens up to pain, suffering, grace, hope, love, courage, support, resentment, gifts, blessings, relationships...

Anyone should read this book,

it really touched my heart, I will re-read it again and again because the heart-warming lessons Joni gives you, opens up y
Mar 28, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was junior high. It was very inspirational. Many of my friends were reading it at that time. At one point, I acquired a few back issues of Western Horseman from the 1960's and in one of them I discovered a letter from Joni in the pen-pal section of the magazine, written before her paralysis. I still have that magazine.
Sep 26, 2015 Janna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book that shows faith and God's amazing plan for our lives. I rate this book five stars because it shows that we are small but he is BIG!
Mar 03, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this as a teen. I think it was instrumental in making me believe I could do anything...I had no excuses. It also made me more grateful for the things I had. Wonderful book!
Nov 22, 2013 Merlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Merlin by: Linn Abraham
This is a very good book that guides us to blindly believe and trust in the Lord...The story confirms the truth that "all things work together for good to them that love God".
One of the most God-glorifying autobiographies I have read.
Nov 19, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a sense this isn’t a direct autobiography. We meet Joni at the start of the book when she feels as if she is drowning after bumping her head, until she is rescued by one of her sisters. It’s a huge shock to her system to find herself in hospital, unable to move anything other than her head. From dreams of college and independence, she is entirely dependent on the hospital staff, and unsure whether she will survive.

The rest of the book charts her progress, including two operations, and a great
Feb 04, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I was familiar with Joni Eareckson Tada's story, I had never read any of her books. This is the book about the tragic accident that caused her quadriplegia (paralysis from the shoulders down), and her physical, emotional, and spiritual journey that follows.

What impressed me most about this book are the spiritual nuggets in it that just crack your heart open reading it. It delves into her personal relationships - with her father, her sisters, her friends, her love interests - in a way t
Nov 02, 2015 Revonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Joni's book when I was in my 20's then read again just lately and watched the DVD made by I believe Billy Grahams Association. The book was very interesting, a tragedy, yet a book of redemption & how God can be with us and we are never alone. It was a story of a young girl that faced life's challenges in a very courageous manner esp. For her age. I recommend it to any age but I think young people would find the book intriguing & help them in seeing just how each of our lives conta ...more
Apr 22, 2016 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I've known of Joni for years, I had never investigated her story fully. This honest account of a few years following her accident was very informative, and it created a desire in me to read her other book knowing that she did eventually marry. I had two major take-aways from the book. 1. We are all in danger of being caught in what she called the treadmill of life--eating, breathing, and sleeping, but many of us don't realize we're not living on purpose. 2. What we take in matters. Joni ...more
Margaret Metz
This is one of the first Christian biographies I read. It was very inspirational. Her story was very challenging and uplifting at the same time.
Rose Dernoncourt
Apr 16, 2014 Rose Dernoncourt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this ages ago when I first became a Christian. It is an amazing story of an amazing walk of faith!
May 18, 2013 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this so very long ago, even met her not too long after -- very impressed by her courage!
Joni’s story is one that many people may think they can’t relate to and hope they never will. On first consideration, her book may be thought as a good one to recommend to someone who is dealing with a long-lasting or life-long pain or condition that in some way limits their abilities. (For example, a young man at my church was involved in an accident over a year ago that resulted in a brain injury with effects that often cause him frustration and even depression at times). But I think the overa ...more
Nov 15, 2016 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book many years ago in adolescence. I was captivated! Little did I imagine myself with brain damage from an auto accident at 23 years old. An incredible story of an incredible lady.
I've thought of this story over the years since reading it. It really stuck with me, and, was truly the only book I recall the most distinctly from childhood; although it would also be of interest for adults.
I'm glad I read the more recent book first, I'm not sure I would have bothered had I read this one first. Eareckson has matured a lot as a person and a writer over the years. This book was informative.
This was an interesting look at paralysis in the day and age when medicine couldn't do much for people. What she went through was crazy. I appreciated her transparency and eagerness to focus everything on Christ. I didn't always agree with her theological conclusions.
Matt Kottman
Oct 01, 2016 Matt Kottman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2016
I have always heard about Joni and read snippets here and there about her, but I had never actually read her book. It was honest, revealing, and refreshing. She is an example of Christ's strength being sufficient for every point of suffering, physically, emotionally, and relationally. I thank God for the example he has given me through this woman's testimony.
Delray Beach Public Library Public Library
In her autobiography, Joni Eareckson tells us how, in the face of darkness, she trusted God to get her through the toughest time in her life.Joni Eareckson was a normal seventeen-year-old. Having graduating high school, having many animals, and going to college, she had a perfect life.

Then, in July 1967, she dove into the Chesapeake Bay. Suddenly, her head hit something hard, and the next thing she knew she was lying face down at the bottom of the bay. She couldn’t move, couldn’t feel anything f
Aug 30, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joni Eareckson's candid, transparent recounting of her recovery from a nearly life-threatening diving accident provides encouragement, comfort and motivation for all who read Joni. This is the first edition of Eareckson's autobiography; but several newer editions are available, I believe.

While in her mid-twenties, Joni shared in this book the struggles of learning to not only accept life as a quadriplegic but also to embrace and thank God for it. She was only 17 when she broke her neck after div
Nov 24, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a thought provoking and refreshing auto-biography. I have struggled with a health condition for many years, but a year ago, it took a turn for the worse. When I was able to read, this was one of the first books I picked up from the library. The copy was worn- book jacket missing, yellowed pages, and that distinct odor that can only be attributed to the many houses visited. But that could only mean this work of Joni's has stood the test of time.

The book personally made me feel as if I was n
Dec 10, 2015 Chasity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow! Joni is such an inspiration! The suffering she endured, physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually has become a guide for finding silver linings. She manages to explain her faith in God without seeming like overbearing like some people who try to share their testimony. Some people just come off as fake, like they don't believe a word they are telling you but they just love hearing the sound of their voice so much they just keep blabbing. Joni is NOT like that. She shares her ...more
Kim. E.
This book came along at a time that was meant for me. I had suffered a health injury that left me with a disability, forever altering my life and leaving me angry at God, depressed, unable to work, and unable to read. A friend of mine learned of the digital book/Braille service through the library established by Helen Keller and it became my lifeline. The library sent me a special digital machine and as many books as I wanted through the mail to listen to, which I eventually used to combine with ...more
Jun 04, 2013 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book during high school after attending a women's conference where Joni spoke. I remembered being powerfully affected by both hearing her speak and reading her autobiography. After so many years, I wondered if the story would affect me the same way. Oddly enough, it didn't--at least, not exactly the same way though still powerfully. I think that the intervening years of experience and spiritual growth in my own life caused me to have greater understanding of the spiritual lessons Jon ...more
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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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