As believers, we were made for intimacy with God. The Lord Jesus gave His life for us so that we might have intimacy with Him. God knows that the more we get to know Him, the more we will know of life--the life we were created to experience. By focusing our thoughts on Him, we will grasp more fully His goodness and be all the better for it. We'll come to see how much we really do depend on Him for everything--from salvation, to strength for each new day, to the next breath we draw into our lungs. To know Godintimately, trust in Himfaithfully, and depend on Himconsistently. You want this immediately. So you must seek Him passionately! Journey now along the pathway following the sweet, enticing fragrance of heaven. But don't expect a walk in the park. In every life there are times when the road narrows and the skies grow dark. Seasons of suffering are as certain as the glorious destination before you. Yet you are called to go, and the Source of your spirit's restoration promises to never leave your side. Daily inspiration from Joni Eareckson Tada gently guides your steps to a closer, more intimate walk with your Savior. And as you travel, new life--His life!--is freely yours as a gift. Story Behind the Book "In the thirty-seven years I've lived as a quadriplegic, I have been forced time and again into the arms of Jesus. Sometimes my paralysis has pushed me down the road to Calvary, like a sheepdog snapping at my heels. Sometimes suffering is like jackhammer, breaking apart my rocks of resistance and pride. Most often, my wheelchair has dumped me at the foot of the cross, and I have rested there by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to turn. But that's okay. In fact, it's a blessing. It's all a bruising-of-a-blessing. Because near the cross, in the arms of Jesus, I have discovered deep, sweet, peaceable intimacy with the Savior. It's an intimacy worth sharing!"
Nothing Is Impossible with God Jesus never said we would be protected from trials and tribulations. So we ask not, What can I do to avoid difficulties? but, How can I best handle them when they arise? Who better to show us the way toward a godly response than Joni Eareckson Tada. Known worldwide for her powerful testimony and how she daily overcomes the adversity of paralysis by drawing near to God, this book now brings together a treasure of her inspirational entries. Thirty-One Days Toward Overcoming Adversity is the second in her devotional series that takes you beyond pat answers, deep into the Word of God. Step by step, day by day, move from "overwhelmed" to "overcoming"...and forever victorious! Darkness Closes In. The Winds Howl. You Remain Unshaken. When the storm rages and there is no end in sight, how do you survive? Where do you turn, and in whom do you place your trust? 31 Days Toward Overcoming Adversity will guide you not out of the storm, but straight into the eye. Because there in the center is a calm, quiet place where confidence, strength, and even joy can be found. No stranger to adversity, Joni Eareckson Tada offers daily inspiration that shows you the remarkable in the midst of the impossible. Her thoughtful insights and gentle wisdom will nourish your soul, fill you with hope, and bring you ever closer to the One who never leaves your side. Story Behind the Book"In the thirty-seven years I've lived as a quadriplegic, I have been forced time and again into the arms of Jesus. Sometimes my paralysis has pushed me down the road to Calvary, like a sheepdog snapping at my heels. Sometimes suffering is like a jackhammer, breaking apart my rocks of resistance and pride. Most often, my wheelchair has dumped me at the foot of the cross, and I have rested there by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to turn. But that's okay. In fact, it's a blessing. It's all a bruising-of-a-blessing. Because near the cross, in the arms of Jesus, I have discovered deep, sweet, peaceable intimacy with the Savior. It's an intimacy worth sharing!" --Joni Eareckson TadaFrom the Hardcover edition.
"Whatever your journey holds, if you're immersed in God, you will be safe. And it will be worth everything..."If you long for spiritual vibrancy, Joni Eareckson Tada wants to give you hope. In 31 Days Toward Passionate Faith, she shares daily inspiration from her own search for an active trust in God.As you grow in faith, your identity as a child of God will become an energizing, joyful truth in your mind and heart. You will act with holy confidence. And you will radiate God's love.In the midst of questions, God offers faith. In times of soul-weariness, God offers new life. And on a journey through darkness, God offers the richest of treasures: communion with Himself that leads to a boundless spiritual passion. So take his hand. Let Him lead you to life abundant.From the Hardcover edition.
feeling hopeless,Darcy, a young paraplegic, rejects the friendship of Erik,a burn victim with a severely disfigured face, who ultimately teaches Darcy about forgiveness
How to Aim Your Anger in the Right Direction"God, why did you let this happen to me?"The death of a spouse, the betrayal of a friend, and the disability of a child are often so painful that we want to blame God. We all have times of anger, disappointment, and frustration. But when we aim that anger at God, we end up feeling empty, frustrated, and lost.Our anger can either destroy us with self-pity, or God can use it to make us joyful.The key is to aim the anger in the right direction. To do this, we need to--*Learn to be transparent before the Lord. *Complain to the Lord in the way that Bible characters did. *Turn despair Godward. Let Joni tell you her secrets to peace and joy, despite her wheelchair. She has spent decades studying the Word of God. She knows that God does not enjoy seeing your pain and frustration. He has compassion for you and gives you many ways to deal with life so that you can have peace. She has taken her most important insights on turning anger into joy (not bitterness) and encapsulated them into this 14-page ebook. Whether you or a loved one is suffering. This ebook will bring you some help to break free from the strangle hold of anger.In this ebook, you will find hope. Joni tells her story of facing the news of being paralyzed the rest of her life. Joni shows you the right way and the wrong way of dealing with anger. She tells how she dealt with the anger and passes her tips onto others.You can find freedom from the bondage of anger. Joni has been there and she shows you the way using biblical principles.
Is fear causing you to lose sleep, stress out, or worry? Joni Eareckson Tada sheds light on the bondage of fear in her BRAND NEW ebook. Breaking the Bonds of Fear is about an unhealthy fear of man that a lot of Christians live their whole lives with. Joni explains that our aim is to decrease our sinful fear of man, and increase our reverent fear of the Lord. We can develop a fear of the Lord by trusting in Him and reading the Bible.There might be times in your life where you're not sure if God really cares about your circumstances or realizes the state you're in, but taking a look at specific stories in the Bible will help you see God's bigger picture. God wants you to trust in him, and when you read this ebook, you will clearly see how much God cares for you.Joni also talks about the fear that was generated from her tragic diving accident, and the steps that were taken to grow confidence in the Lord after her tragic accident that left her quadriplegic. Even death is not something to fear, when our trust rests in the only one who conquered death! Let Jesus be the ballast of your ship, for it is only then that you will find peace and restoration from fear.
Joni writes with refreshing transparency about making the movie about her life and her subsequent move to L.A. and establishment of the Joni and Friends ministry.
Christmas whispers of wistful longings and warm family celebrations-the Savior has come. But the story isn't finished. "Peace on earth and goodwill toward men" will only be a wish and a vision until the Prince of Peace finally rules our world. The lights, the singing, the gift giving, and the joy foreshadow an eternal morning together in His presence. Through her artwork, her creative retelling of the Nativity, and her tender reflections of the Christmas season, Joni Eareckson Tada invites the reader to consider anew the Son of God, who is the wellspring of every joy, the fulfillment of every longing. Take time this Christmas season to step outside the clamor and excitement. Visit the stable and ask God to speak to you in the quiet and serenity and stillness. . . Never stop believing that He will fulfill His promise to live among us in unveiled majesty and splendor.
Written by a quadraplegic woman who got hurt during Olympic Trials training. This is her story written for children about a fictional pre-teen paraplegic girl and her identity struggles. Strong Christian fiction. This book contains a a short glossary plus note from the author. (Many errors within, but all are from the print copy.)
Darcy is a teenager who is paralyzed from the waist down. When Darcy sees a guide dog in a shopping mall, she wonders if a service dog is the right choice for her. Prayer and reflection help her make the decision. A Christian-based novel for teens.
Darcy is thrilled to volunteer at the hospital and wants to make friends with the cutest boy at school but quickly learns that things do not always turn out as planned.
A sample devotion: January 13-- A Dozen ways to Be Miserable. "Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul." Job 7: 11. There are some people who need no help at all when it comes to being miserable. For them, it comes naturally. But in case you're looking for a few suggestions on how to be more miserable, take this advice: Worry every single day about something. It won't add a cubit to your stature, but it will give you plenty to think about. Count your troubles. Do it at the breakfast table, preferably, so that you can make everyone else miserable, too. Pity yourself. Do this especially if no one else is pitying you. Don't be compassionate. Don't dare get involved in the lives of people who spill their troubles all over you. If you do, you may end up neglecting your own troubles, and that would be a waste. Don't let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what's really relevant. After all, focusing your sights on things unseen is too eternal; rather, be relevant and get caught up in the here and now. Finally, devise skillful ways to serve both God and the world. Show everyone that Christians can be in the world and of the world. There are people around you for whom misery is a way of life. The world has enough misery of its own without Christians adding to it. We are to be in this world, not of it. Do you know someone for whom misery comes naturally? Lift his sights, jar his thinking, give him hope beyond his misery by showing him at least a dozen ways to trust in the Lord of JOY. Lord, I want to reverse the plea of job. I give You any anguish in my spirit, and I confess any bitterness in my soul. I will not complain. And if I'm to speak out, I will sing and shout Your praises.
Sometimes, finding hope in a tough situation is easier said than done. Gaining a Hopeful Spirit challenges us to receive hope from the Lord. When life leaves us desolate and foggy, the Lord wants to pick us back up and show us how hopeful we really can be. Joni has helped countless people pick their heads up when the road ahead seemed bleak. As a woman who has been through a tragic accident that left her quadriplegic, she can speak first-hand about Satan's schemes that will keep you from living a life of worship.How can you be a source of joy for someone else when you are going through a hard time? Joni draws you closer to God as you realize that the hope that can get you through even the toughest of times only comes from God our Father. After reading this ebook, you'll be able to help pass on the hope to friends and family members experiencing hopeless times.
An invitation and a promise for weary Christian parents of special needs kids from a parent who's been there "It isn't the long day of monitoring a child's precarious health or being hypervigilant about her mood and mental health challenges that weighs parents down; it's the wishing that things were different. . . . Resentment, not the intense care they must provide their child, is the parents' greatest stressor and source of pain." --Laurie Wallin Parents of specials needs children are exhausted. They've done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups, gotten counseling, fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children's needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents' mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves. Laurie Wallin knows firsthand the difficulties of this journey. With Get Your Joy Back, she steps forward to make a bold, audacious claim: in the midst of this long-term, intense task, it is still possible to have an abundant life, full of joy. The key to radically changing daily life and restoring joy to the weary is forgiveness. Wallin gives parents a lifeline to find that restoration, pulling them back to shore when they feel like they're drowning. This book is full of practical, biblical insights and strategies to shed the resentments that leave Christian special-needs parents themselves spiritually, emotionally, and socially drained. Wallin meets readers right where they are, sugar coating nothing, but addressing issues with honesty, humor, and--above all--hope.
Discover Peace, Perspective, and Healing.From a human perspective, God often appears to be an intruder. He presumes, invades, and infringes upon our lives. At times, God encroaches with gentle, subtle reminders - at others, with sudden, devestating judgement.God is not tucked away in some far corner of the universe, uncaring, unfeeling, unthinking...uninvolved. You can count on it - He is intimately involved with the tiniest details of your existence. Learn how His constant presence can bring peace, perspective, and healing into the puzzling and chaotic circumstances of your life.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In ten groupings of devotional insights, Joni shows how God's consistent presence can bring peace, perspective, and healing into the puzzling even chaotic circumstances of your life.
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.
Why Does God Let Good People Suffer? by Joni Eareckson TadaWhen you read through the Bible, you can see that God hates suffering. Jesus spent much of his life relieving people's illnesses and hurts. He calls us to do the same: to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, take care of widows and orphans and visit those in prison. So why doesn't our all-powerful God get rid of suffering?Why Does God Let Good People Suffer? by Joni Eareckson Tada answers the big questions about suffering:*How can a gracious and loving God allow anyone to suffer?*Why do "good" people have to suffer? Don't they deserve better?*What possible good can come through suffering?Popular author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada helps you understand why God allows suffering and what we can learn from it in this full-color ebook
With her usual warmth and chattiness, Tada writes about what Heaven will be like, and how the faithful can experience its joy while here on earth. An uplifting and inspiring book.
Through a series of devotions, Joni helps us to focus on the every day situations that show us "Holiness in Hidden Places."
Stem-cell research. Cloning. Genetic engineering. Today, discoveries in biotechnology are occurring so rapidly that we can barely begin to address one ethical debate before another looms overhead. This brave new world we've entered is a daunting one as well, with disturbing implications for the sanctity of life and for human nature itself. How should we respond as Christians? Drawing on an abundance of cutting-edge information and life experience, Joni Eareckson Tada and Nigel M. de S. Cameron help you think through issues no Christian can afford to ignore. As a quadriplegic who has spent three decades advocating for the disability community out of a wheelchair, Joni offers the insights of a woman intimately acquainted with suffering and struggle. Dr. Cameron shares from his vast knowledge as one of today's foremost bioethics. Together, they offer deeply informed perspectives on such pressing issues as Human cloning Designer babies Redefining human nature Human harvesting Here is thoughtful, passionate, and gripping reading about the world that is coming-that, indeed, is already here-and how to live out your faith with conviction in its midst.
A disillusioned artist, who feels his tallent will never match that of his father, is restored by the older man's love and faith.
The award-winning story of a young woman who triumphed over devastating odds to touch countless lives the world over with the healing message of Christ. In a split second on a hot July afternoon, a diving accident transformed the life of Joni Eareckson Tada forever. She went from being an active young woman to facing every day in a wheelchair. In this unforgettable autobiography, Joni reveals each step of her struggle to accept her disability and discover the meaning of her life. The hard-earned truths she discovers and the special ways God reveals his love are testimonies to faith's triumph over hardship and suffering. The new 25th Anniversary edition of this award-winning story--which has more than 3,000,000 copies in print in over 40 languages--will introduce a new generation of readers to the incredible greatness of God's power and mercy at work in those who fully give their hearts and lives to him. Joni has written an afterword in which she describes the events that have occurred in her life since the book's publication in 1976, including her marriage to Ken Tada and the expansion of her worldwide ministry to families affected by disability.
Making Sense of Suffering by Joni Eareckson TadaSuffering is miserable. When you're overwhelmed by pain and problems, it's easy to feel helpless, hopeless and sinking into a whirlpool of self-pity.Joni Eareckson Tada knows about these emotions first hand. A diving accident in 1967 left her confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic at the age of 17. Joni knows what it's like to suffer chronic pain. Yet she has found comfort and meaning in the God of the Bible.Joni says, "Somewhere after the first five years of life in my wheelchair, I noticed a change in my hardships. I was beginning to see how my quadriplegia was working for my good and God's glory - simply put, it meant becoming more like Christ."Making Sense of Suffering is a Scripture-based ebook that will bring hope and comfort to those who are going through for personal difficulties, and will be a great help to groups dealing with grief, disabilities, emotional and physical trauma, divorce, and more.
from the book jacket twelve year old Darcy, trying to project a 'normal' image in junior high despite her wheelchair, runs for ofice with the promise of exposing cruel and unfair teachers in the school until prayer and her friends reveal to her that every situation has two sides.
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