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Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story

Joni Eareckson TadaKen Tada

Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story

Joni Eareckson TadaKen Tada

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Countless readers have been inspired by Joni's devotional writings, and by her testimony of faith as she has met the challenges of quadriplegia. For three decades, her mainstay has been her devoted husband, Ken. This book celebrates their unique partnership in marriage and in God's service.

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Countless readers have been inspired by Joni's devotional writings, and by her testimony of faith as she has met the challenges of quadriplegia. For three decades, her mainstay has been her devoted husband, Ken. This book celebrates their unique partnership in marriage and in God's service.
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It was not a typical Sunday morning for Joni Eareckson. Sure, she was in her regular place along the stage-right aisle at Grace Community Church, halfway back...parked near a few others in wheelchairs. And the worship music had been glorious...hymns Joni could sing along with...which she did. Enthusiastically and without consulting the hymnal. All the verses. Normal so far. The part that wasn't typical was that the pastor/teacher of Grace Church, Dr. John MacArthur, was away. A pinch hitter was filling in. And although he was giving it his best, it wasn't...uh...well, it just wasn't John MacArthur. Joni tried to focus on what was being preached, but her mind began to hopelessly slide. Perhaps the past few days had been a little more hectic than usual. Maybe she and her ministry team had stayed out a little longer than they should have at dinner the night before. Or maybe the volunteers who had come that morning to get Joni up, bathed and dressed had come a little too early. Whatever the reason, Joni fought drowsiness. Caught in a truly awkward situation and not wanting to make a scene, Joni began to pray. It would be a worthy exercise to pass the time. This is something she of-ten did at night when she'd waken with nowhere to go and no wakeful person on duty to help her. Joni knew that the week ahead was going to be a busy one, including some air travel. That's something I can pray about, she mused. And so she did. Next, Joni decided to look around...carefully, of course, so as not to be accused of not paying attention, looking for folks seated in the congregation. 'Lord, is there someone I should pray for?' she whispered almost loud enough to be detected by those close by. She scanned the people sitting in front of her and spotted the back of a man's head a few rows closer to the front of the church. 'Okay, Lord,' Joni prayed, 'Please bless that man up there with the straight black hair. Thank You for him, protect him and, if You will, please prosper him for Your glory.' She prayed for his family, his work, his friends and interests. Oddly, she found it easy to pray for this man she didn't know... which made her wonder, Lord, why have you put him so strongly on my heart? I can't even see his face... don't know his name. This was the first time Joni would be thanking her Heavenly Father for Ken Tada. It surely wouldn't be the last. And since 1982, when Joni and Ken were married, Ken Tada has been a colleague and full partner in Joni's life and ministry. He also prays for Joni.
- Publisher

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Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada has known the grace of God for 30 years after being after being paralysed from the neck down in a diving accident. Joni is president of JAF Ministries, an organization that accelerates Christian ministry among people with disabilities. She is also host of 'Joni and Friends', a daily radio program in the USA operating out of the International Disability Centre and a sought after conference speaker.

She is the author of more than 30 books, including the bestsellers Diamonds in the Dust, Heaven, and More Precious Than Silver.

In 2003 she was given the Gold Medallion Award for her book When God Weeps and in 2004 for co-authoring Hymns for a Kid's Heart, Volume 1. Her award winning and best-selling autobiography, Joni, was adapted as a full-length feature film. Tada also serves in an advisory capacity to many Institutes concerned with disability, writing and evangelism worldwide. She has been given many awards and holds several honourary doctorates. Joni and her husband, Ken, live in Southern California.

Ken Tada

Ken Tada recently retired from thirty-two years of teaching and has come on board with Joni and Friends to serve as Director of Ministry Development. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and in 2001 received Family Life Ministries Robertson McQuilkin Award honoring 'The Courageous Love of a Marriage Covenant Keeper.' Ken is an avid fly fisherman and helps to lead Wild Adventures, a fishing ministry for men. A

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5 stars By Kirsty K, Aug 18 2017
Joni is a prolific author who has told her story with humility and bravery for so long. But this is the beautiful "behind the scenes" look at her marriage to Ken, her often photographed but rarely heard husband. Their extreme honesty in this "duography" is amazing and real. Their desire to serve God through all circumstances (quadriplegia, chronic pain and breast cancer) is astounding and the details of surviving marriage is inspiring. I loved this book, have read it twice and will read it again.
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Honest love story
4 stars By Wendy, May 25 2013
This comes 37 years after Joni Eareckson's diving accident, and it's not just about her. This book, Joni and Ken, an Untold Love Story is focused on the relationship between Joni and her husband, Ken. It explores various themes, including the difficulty of living with someone famous as well as someone who has a severe disability. What comes through strongly is Ken's journey as a husband, especially relating to the book, Wild at Heart.

As a couple they've struggled, not just with Joni's quadriplegia, but in recent years chronic, unexplained pain and on top of that, breast cancer.

It isn't a "happily ever after" tale, but rather one that honestly shows them working through their struggles. It's an encouragement that you don't just have to give in when things get tough in a marriage. These two have not only stuck with their marriage, but the joy and satisfaction they're enjoying now, probably eclipses that of earlier in their marriage.

Joni's advice, "If I were sitting next to you this very moment . . . wherever you are . . . I know what I would say to you. I would say, 'Oh, please pray for your partner.' Hands down, it beats any how-to marriage manual or nationally renowned couples' conference."

The only negative thing I can say about the book is that it does skip around a lot, flitting across different times in their lives. Though these are clearly marked with dates, it is still difficult to keep a track of what's going on. Nonetheless, it is a book worth reading.

But there's one thing I especially treasure from the book. She writes, "Home is with him. Home is with Ken Tada. If you asked Ken, he'd say the same. Home is wherever we are together." I love this notion and it captures my feeling about my husband too. It is part of how we manage to cope living away from Australia, because home is when we're together.
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  • Catalogue Code 363551
  • Product Code 9780310336730
  • ISBN 0310336732
  • EAN 9780310336730
  • Pages 192
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Apr 2013
  • Sales Rank #42152
  • Dimensions 214 x 139 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.208kg

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