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****The God I Love

A Lifetime of Walking With Jesus

by Joni Eareckson Tada

Reviewed November 6, 2003.
Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2003.  357 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (B TAD).
A Sonderbooks’ Stand-out of 2003:  #4, Biographical Nonfiction

A couple of years ago, a friend and I heard about a horrible accident that had killed many people, including a young teenage boy and his father.  My friend said that things like that kept her from believing in God.

I tried to express my firm belief that God can bring great good out of evil, even in ways we’ll never see, even though at times it’s so hard to understand.

This message resonates so much more deeply when it comes from the pen of Joni Eareckson Tada.

When she was seventeen years old, Joni dived into water that was too shallow, broke her neck, and became paralyzed from the neck down.

Joni’s already told her autobiography in the book Joni, published in 1976.  (I read that book sometime in high school.  It’s a powerful story.)  This book tells more about her childhood and the last three decades and the way God has worked in her life all these years.

The book doesn’t give pat answers.  Joni talks frankly about her struggles, how she has to ask for God’s help each morning just to face another day in a wheelchair.  At the same time, she shows us how God brought her to a place where she honestly rejoices in her wheelchair and all it has brought into her life.

Joni’s family was one that cherished the old hymns, and the text is peppered with hymns and Scripture verses.  I found myself singing when I put the book down.  This is a beautiful book and will help you believe in the great goodness of God even when confronted by the great evil in the world.

Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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