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Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story (edició 2013)

de Ken Tada, Joni Eareckson Tada, Larry Libby (Col·laborador)

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Ken underestimated the challenges of marrying a quadriplegic woman. Even the honeymoon wasn't easy. Through their years together, Ken becomes increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for a woman with chronic, extreme, nightmarish pain. He sinks into depression, and the couple finds themselves drifting apart emotionally. In the midst of their deepest struggles, Ken and Joni return to the one true answer. In their darkest hour, they encounter a heavenly visitation that changes their lives--and maybe yours--forever.--From publisher description.… (més)
Membre:SufficientGrace
Títol:Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story
Autors:Ken Tada
Altres autors:Joni Eareckson Tada, Larry Libby (Col·laborador)
Informació:Zondervan (2013), Hardcover, 192 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca, Spiritual Nourishment for the Chronically Ill
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Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story de Ken Tada

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This book was good, but it was sort of disjointed- it read like a series of diary entries all scrambled up, with one entry being from 1985, then it jumps to 2000, then back to 1991, etc..
I also wish, as another reviewer mentioned, that there would have been more about Ken and his struggle with depression. As it was, the trials mentioned were only touched upon, and in this sense the book lacked some depth. One of the difficulties Joni faces, and she says so herself, is that people idolize her and put her up on a pedestal.She wanted people to know in this book that she is a real person, with struggles like anybody else. Her attempt to share some hardships here and to dispel the myth that she is ever-patient and ever-kind is good, but she stops short of it simply because the descriptions of her arguments with Ken, her short, sharp replies, are little mentionables. She doesn't reveal too much. So I'm not sure her goal was met here.

I admire Joni and her ministry very much. She is an example of someone who experienced tremendous losses in her life, but instead of growing bitter and isolating herself, she formed an organization to help others in similar situations. I only wish this book had gone into more depth. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
Joni & Ken is the story of the relationship of Joni Eareckson Tada, the famous author, quadriplegic, and champion of the disabled, and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. Based on primary documents (articles, messages, blogs, interview, emails, radio transcript, out-of-print books of Joni’s are all listed in the Acknowledgments) the story is told in third person, orchestrated by co-author Larry Libby. The telling goes back and forth between Ken’s and Joni’s points of view, making us privy to aspects of the events that the other person would not necessarily have been aware of at the time they happened.

The book skips around a bit chronologically but there’s no danger of confusion because each section is dated. The ten chapters deal with different periods in Joni and Ken’s relationship, and are titled descriptively (e.g. “At the Altar,” “The Testing Years,” “Reflecting on the Journey”). There is a middle section of colored photos.

This is a frank and touching love story. It shows this public couple who, from outward appearances may seem to live above the fray, to be human, vulnerable, brave, and above all committed and obedient Christ-followers.

The challenges Ken faced in caring for his quadriplegic wife while teaching school full-time (though he had help), are not glossed over. In the course of the book we see both him and Joni grow in maturity and love for each other.

The way Joni handled her quadriplegia, combined with her continuing siege of excruciating pain, then topped with a fight against cancer had me speechless. I’m glad God knows what He’s doing with lives that seem so unfairly burdened with tragedy. However through it all Joni is a glowing testimony first to Ken, and then to those whose lives she touches personally, in ministry, and now as readers of this book, of God’s sufficient grace.

Ken was a rock. Even through the hardest times, he was determined to keep his marriage vow. The part of the story that tells of his deepening relationship with God and how his heightened spiritual sensitivity became crucial during Joni’s fight against cancer is a heads-up to all of us. We never know when the next trial will come. If we press into God during the ordinary times (though I don't know if you could label any of this couple's experiences 'ordinary'), He will prepare us for the challenges beyond.

Joni & Ken is not only an interesting and well-told story but a great unofficial guidebook for any couple. Let me leave you with some wise words from Joni herself:

“Thirty years have passed since Ken and I began our journey together, and God has used every trial—every hurt and heartache—to entwine us far more intimately than we ever dreamed on the day we married.

… nowhere else—and with no one else—will you have quite the chance to experience union with Christ than through a heard-fought-for, hard-won union with your spouse.

… If I were sitting next to you … I would say ‘Oh, please pray for your partner.’”

… It’s trials that really press you into the breast of your Savior” – Joni & Ken,
pp. 177-179.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher for the purpose of writing a review.
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  Violet_Nesdoly | Jan 4, 2015 |
In 1967, when Joni was 17 years old, she dove off a floating raft and broke her neck. Her story of life as a quadriplegic was told in her 1976 book “Joni.”

In “Joni & Ken,” readers are introduced to Ken Tada, the man who would become Joni’s husband.

Read the rest of my review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/joni-ken-an-untold-love-story... ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Joni Eareckson Tada is well known as the Christian quadriplegic whose ministry, Joni and Friends, ministers the gospel to people with disabilities around the world. What is less well known are the details of her marriage to Ken Tada, that handsome "island guy" she noticed in church one Sunday some thirty-plus years ago. Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story is the chronicle of their marriage — its sweet joys, painful trials, and deep complexities.

What would it be like to be married to someone who cannot move anything below the neck? The daily grind for non-impaired people can be hard enough, but how does one cope with the daily grind of quadriplegia? How do the grooves of marriage run when all the things we take for granted are complicated and intensified by disability?

Unlike Joni's other books, this is told in the third person — our perspective as outsiders peering over their shoulders into their real lives. This approach was very effective; I found myself tearing up at certain passages, getting a lump in my throat, suffering with them as I read about their struggles. Rejoicing with them as God taught them new things, wondering with them what His purposes were.

This is a very honest book. As much as we might want to make Joni a saint (a danger mentioned in this book) and put Ken on a pedestal for marrying a woman with such a profound disability, their honesty won't allow it. As their love story unfolds, we get to see their moments of frustration and anger, of pain and emotional separation. We see the physical burden Joni's disability puts on Ken, and the emotional toll it takes on both. We see incredibly dark moments when they were tempted to accuse God and ask Him why He would let them suffer like this. Chronic pain, cancer, pneumonia. Depression, distance, grief.

But we also see God's faithfulness, proven again and again. We see incredible grace and strength and help given in just the worst moment of need. We see, in the broken frame of fallible people, a masterpiece of God's work. He never lets go. And He has done truly amazing things in and through Joni and Ken.

This is a quick read — and once you start reading, it's hard to put down. It leaves me taken aback at the suffering in this world, but also marveling at how God sustains His children and uses their pain for great good.

Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness to Joni and Ken. Please continue to work out your good purposes in their lives. ( )
1 vota atimco | Sep 7, 2013 |
Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story
Ken Tada , Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby

Book Description: This is the true love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. A love story showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love ... in sickness and in health. Even the honeymoon wasn't easy. Did Ken realize what he was getting into when he proposed to Joni, a quadriplegic woman? As their marriage years moved on, Ken became increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for Joni, who begins to experience chronic, extreme, nightmarish pain. Ken sinks into depression, and the couple finds themselves on parallel tracks in life, married and living under the same roof but drifting apart emotionally. But as they fight for their marriage and find their way through the mazes of depression and pain, they wrap their two lives around their rock---Jesus. During Ken's denial of Joni's diagnosis, and Joni's thoughts of how wonderful a quick exit to heaven would be, they experience a personal visitation with the savior you will never forget.

Review: I found this to be a great read. Easy to get absorbed in it and so well written that I could not put it down. It was like being let into a side of Joni that is hidden. I felt privileged to read this story. It was the first ebook that I made notes in and highlighted things. That says a lot since I was storming through this book rapidly. There were many things that made me cry and laugh. I enjoyed the frank honesty of their life together. So many things were precious like their meeting and how sweet Ken was during their dating and up to their wedding. He was more the unknown in this story and it made the man into a real person. I can honestly say that any disability makes a life interesting. I have thought a lot about pain and the changes that occur while married. There is no guarantee that the state of one’s abilities will remain even young. It is more realistic to understand the in sickness and in health. I can empathize with the chronic pain and the cancer on top of it was a lot to wrestle with. I have often thought that the church has lost her understanding of suffering. To me this has been a struggle and found the resounding theme to be that of the Bible with life there is suffering. I am so appreciative to have the privilege to read and review this book. As the beginning promised this is the real love that is lost today. Not easy and not neatly packaged but definitely a love story of all time.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. ( )
  Robin661 | May 23, 2013 |
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Ken underestimated the challenges of marrying a quadriplegic woman. Even the honeymoon wasn't easy. Through their years together, Ken becomes increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for a woman with chronic, extreme, nightmarish pain. He sinks into depression, and the couple finds themselves drifting apart emotionally. In the midst of their deepest struggles, Ken and Joni return to the one true answer. In their darkest hour, they encounter a heavenly visitation that changes their lives--and maybe yours--forever.--From publisher description.

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