The God I Love: A Lifetime of Walking with Jesus

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Zondervan, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 357 pages
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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 she loves...looking into the eyes of a child in a wheelchair, and seeing the family God has prepared for a loving heart...sitting by the pool of Bethesda, reflecting on the miracle of healing God has performed in her heart... The God I Love brings to life these and many other moments. It offers an eternal perspective from a woman in a wheelchair who affirms that the God she knows and loves is the center, the peacemaker, the passport to adventure, the joy ride, and the answer to her deepest longings. Raised in an active, adventurous family, Joni Eareckson Tada worked hard and played hard to keep up with her older sisters and athletic father--until one day a diving accident left her a quadriplegic. But the tragedy that could have ended her life was in reality the beginning of an amazing, constantly unfolding story of grace that has touched the lives of millions worldwide and brought Joni unexpected joy and fulfillment. In this book, Joni unveils the God whom she has found to be faithful through over thirty years as a paralytic. This is not the story of a woman who has all the answers or who is very different from you. Joni struggles with the same fears, questions, and heartaches we all have in common. But as the weeks and months turn into years, and the years into decades, she meets her Savior at every turn. In this book, you'll discover that he is there for you as well, no matter what your circumstance or situation may be. Written with beauty, feeling, and amazing honesty, The God I Love captures the heart and soul of one woman's powerful, deeply personal journey of hope. It is a sojourn from a naive child's belief to a tempered faith that transforms and transcends personal tragedy, bringing light to the darkest places and good out of the most difficult situations, and offering glimpses of the glory that awaits God's children.
 

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User Review  - Suzieqkc - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

GOD I LOVE
9
CHAPTER ONE
11
CHAPTER TWO
25
CHAPTER THREE
36
CHAPTER FOUR
49
CHAPTER FIVE
64
CHAPTER SIX
76
CHAPTER SEVEN
80
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
174
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
186
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
200
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
212
CHAPTER NINETEEN
227
GOD I LOVE
241
CHAPTER TWENTY
243
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
256

GOD I LOVE
93
CHAPTER EIGHT
95
CHAPTER NINE
107
CHAPTER TEN
113
CHAPTER ELEVEN
124
CHAPTER TWELVE
137
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
147
GOD I LOVE
159
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
161
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
269
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
279
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
292
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
303
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
307
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
321
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
331
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
346
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About the author (2003)

In 1967, Joni Eareckson Tada was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. She has gone on to paint, write several books and a monthly column for Moody Monthly magazine, record musical albums, and have a daily radio show. She is the founder and president of JAF Ministries, which works with disabled people and their families, and held a presidential appointment to the National Council on Disability. She has earned titles such as "Churchwoman of the Year" (the Religious Heritage Foundation) and "Layperson of the Year" (the National Association of Evangelicals). Her autobiography, Joni, was adapted as a movie.

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