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A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,077 ratings  ·  207 reviews
In this eloquent account of her current struggle with physical pain, Joni Eareckson Tada offers her perspective on divine healing, God’s purposes, and what it means to live with joy.

Over four decades ago, a diving accident left Joni a quadriplegic. Today, she faces a new battle: unrelenting pain. The ongoing urgency of this season in her life has caused Joni to return to f
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by David C. Cook (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kara Larson
Listened to this on the way to work but took this few notes.
Joni used an awesome story of Perlman performing a concert during which a string broke. He continued the symphony, re-fingering the whole thing. When he finished and the crowd exploded with applause he stated that a true artist takes what is left and makes a unique, beautiful sound/story that couldn't be made if something hadn't been broken/taken away.
God doesn't say "be thankful." He says "give thanks."
Don't ask God to change your situ
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I bought this book for my Kindle while in bed struggling with an illness. I live with chronic pain as well. It was really helpful to me. There was so much that Joni said that I liked, I started out trying to underline it all on my Kindle. Between my Kindle freezing (which they do when you underline a lot) and finding so many good points to underline, I finally gave up! I would have underlined half the book! This book was a good reminder to me of God's love and care, even when it seems He isn't a ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
As my illness progresses and death draws nearer, this book (a type I always avoid), was just what I needed. Hope, spirit, resilience and examples are just what I needed to get through my next stage in treatment.. I listened to it on audible while my body recuperated and found that my body's recuperation was accompanied by the spiritual strength this book provided. ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it

This is the raw, honest, and vulnerable sharing from Joni's heart and from the Word of God about suffering. It's a powerful look at how God is a loving God and has plans for us to bring glory to Him and grow in our relationship with Him.

I enjoyed Joni's amazing perspective, steady faithfulness, and open honesty. She addresses the issue of Healing Services in a kind, yet biblically sound way. After reading this book you will have a better appreciation for your life as it is and for all
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty" is an apt subtitle for this book, for just like Jacob wrestled with God many centuries ago, Joni has been wrestling with God for decades, ever since she took that dive into a too shallow lake as a teenager and became a quadriplegic.

Joni doesn't speak on suffering & healing as a lofty theologian, or as some shallow social commentator, but as a real woman who has walked through real suffering and pain for all her adult life.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Joni is an amazing woman, and this book is fantastic for anyone struggling with health challenges. She has the ability to look at situations God has placed her in and praise him for his work through it. This book was super encouraging to me, and make me praise God for the capacities I have and for the challenges he has given me, that he may use me through them.
I listened to it as an audiobook, but would consider re-reading it as a book too, because I'm sure I missed pieces of it by just li
Stefani S.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has been a continual inspiration to me.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most beautifully encouraging books about pain and suffering I've read. ...more
Ramsey Hootman
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this book during a free download promotion and just opened it out of curiosity, knowing I liked Joni but not really having a specific interest in this book.

However, I soon found that it was exactly the book I didn't know I was looking for. A couple of years ago my daughter was stillborn, and since then I've often struggled with all of the various dark and bitter thoughts that attend the loss of a child.

A Place of Healing is not just about physical pain or disability. It's about how we, a
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, encouraging, and convicting book! I loved it from start to finish.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A friend gave this to me at the beginning of the year and said it helped him while he was in the hospital. Honestly, I didn't know anything about the author and the beginning chapter felt like this was one of those syrupy, sappy, cheesy Christian books, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I've had my fill of them and don't find them palatable or filling anymore. I set it in my backpack and thus forgot about it. Ten months later I pull it out late at my mom's house and decide to at least fini ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challies-2017
The fact that Joni wrote this from the midst of her pain made this so real, so relate-able, so powerful. She wasn't through it. She couldn't see the other side. She didn't know whether there would be any relief this side of heaven. She asked, "Why?" She didn't know the answer to that question, but she knew the answers God has given her through the years. She knew that He is faithful and works all things for her good and His glory. She knew that He has a purpose for her pain and that His care for ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really appreciated this perspective on this book. Joni is writing concerning her battle with chronic pain and how to find joy and contentment in the battle. She answers questions so many of us ask in our own minds about pain and suffering. Her responses are biblical and help dispel some of the "christian" answers about faith and healing and sin. The biggest idea I came away with was that God uses suffering and pain in our lives to draw us into sweet communion relationship with Him. This book ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read about half of this book and stopped reading for several months. I am so glad I finally finished because the stories about her wheelchair donation crusade are worth the whole book (and they are in the last quarter of the book!). Good read if you or someone you love needs healing or has a disability.
Diane Perry

She is such an inspiration. This book is helpful in so many ways. No matter where you are in life she offers hope and insight to get you through. The scriptures were beautiful and as always she is a great teacher.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the very first book I have ever listened to and it was ok. For a new Christian (not sure if I can call myself that) I did find it a bit heavy going at times but nonetheless inspirational.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this to everyone, but especially those who struggle with chronic pain and suffering.
Janice Kohl
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read my father in law's copy of this book and since he suffered with chronic, and often, severe back pain, the book was much more meaningful to me. Also, I am familiar with the author's story. ...more
Danielle Williamson
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suffering
Joni wrote this book while she was in chronic pain and that amazes me. Her honesty is stunning and hopeful- she is so full of grace and truth that it's exactly what she spills out in this book. I would give a copy of this to anyone who is going through suffering, and I know I'll be returning to it again and again. Joni is a masterpiece! (The only thing that made me a bit uncomfortable in this book were the last two chapters in which she shares stories about traveling to distribute wheelchairs. T ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I got about a quarter of the way through this one, but life is too short for books you don't absolutely love.

I didn't agree with a lot of what the author said about miraculous healing. I did, however, agree with her thoughts on physical ailments and hardships helping us to lean more completely on God and focusing on spiritual health.

That being said, I felt like she kept saying the same thing over and over again.

Also, why do authors read their own books for the audio version?! It almost never wo
Victoria Guyadeen
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Highly recommend this book! I believe it changes lives. I underlined so many nuggets of wisdom and used those quotes in prayers. I think this book is fundamental for every Christian, not just those who are chronically ill. This book will help shape your view on physical healing and the issue of when healing doesn't come in the way people expect/hope. I felt like my theology was written in this, it was amazing to see someone having the same theology. It did help me grow in the Lord. Put this on ...more
Raquel Evans
This is the best thing I've read in quite a while. Everything about it was beautiful and encouraging and often tear inducing. I'm considering how many copies I should buy in order to get most everyone I know to read it. ...more
Emily M
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Suffering can turn us from a dangerous direction.
Suffering reminds us where our true strength lies.
Suffering restores a lost beauty in Christ.
Suffering can heighten our thirst for Christ.
Suffering can increase our fruitfulness.
Autumn Kovach
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I was very encouraged by Joni's book. Even though she experiences a very extreme and unique version of suffering, her writing is very compassionate for Christians who suffer in many different ways. To hear her story of how God works in the varying seasons of her trial is encouraging that God is always working to teach us more of him in new ways we never had to. ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really do treasure this woman, and the faith and perspective God has given her.

It can be a powerful thing to have the biblical doctrine of suffering, hope, and heaven unfolded by a world class scholar. It is most certainly powerful to have Joni speak and sing you into those truths.

I am grateful.
Fern Adams
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An encouraging account filled with hope, practical advice and a raw honest outlook. Really useful for anyone with a disability, chronic illness or suffering from pain.
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, reformed
A Place of Healing is Joni's look at suffering in light of God's sovereignty and goodness. If you are unfamiliar with Joni, she is a quadriplegic who has been used by God to minister to many since her diving accident led to her paralysis. As I was struggling with this issue I wanted to hear counsel from someone who had endured suffering. That being said, I trust the Scriptures an infinite times more than I do someone's experience, so I wanted someone who would open the Word of God and deal with ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2020
The audio version is worth returning to often!
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the Audiobook version of this book, read by the author. This really helped me to get in touch with what the author was saying in the book, as the voice inflections and tones were all in the intended places and enhanced the message of the book.

I highly recommend this book for everyone who calls themselves a Christian, so that we all may have a fuller understanding of the purposes of God in allowing pain and suffering in people's lives. As well as that, Joni gives us a Godly example
This is a personal exploration of the topic of suffering through the lens of disability and the particular illumination of chronic pain. Written by Tada at a time in her life where she was actually experiencing uncontrolled chronic pain, Tada reflects on God's presence, provision and plan for her life in trying to make sense of her trial.

The introduction and early chapters were somewhat repetitive, but what person in pain is consistently logical and linear? In addition, I found, in general, (ma
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Previously published as Joni Eareckson

Joni Eareckson Tada is CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community. Joni and Friends provides practical support and spiritual help to special-needs families worldwide, and equips thousands of churches in developing disability ministry. Joni is the author of numerous bestselling books, including When

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“He has chosen not to heal me, but to hold me. The more intense the pain, the closer His embrace.” 45 likes
“Here at our ministry we refuse to present a picture of “gentle Jesus, meek and mild,” a portrait that tugs at your sentiments or pulls at your heartstrings. That’s because we deal with so many people who suffer, and when you’re hurting hard, you’re neither helped nor inspired by a syrupy picture of the Lord, like those sugary, sentimental images many of us grew up with. You know what I mean? Jesus with His hair parted down the middle, surrounded by cherubic children and bluebirds.

Come on. Admit it: When your heart is being wrung out like a sponge, when you feel like Morton’s salt is being poured into your wounded soul, you don’t want a thin, pale, emotional Jesus who relates only to lambs and birds and babies.

You want a warrior Jesus.

You want a battlefield Jesus. You want his rigorous and robust gospel to command your sensibilities to stand at attention.

To be honest, many of the sentimental hymns and gospel songs of our heritage don’t do much to hone that image. One of the favorite words of hymn writers in days gone by was sweet. It’s a term that down’t have the edge on it that it once did. When you’re in a dark place, when lions surround you, when you need strong help to rescue you from impossibility, you don’t want “sweet.” You don’t want faded pastels and honeyed softness.

You want mighty. You want the strong arm an unshakable grip of God who will not let you go — no matter what.”
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