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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 million copies in print in over 40 languages - will introduce a new generation of listeners 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.

Joni is now available for the first time in an unabridged audio version read by the author. 

©2001 Joni Eareckson Tada (P)2001 The Zondervan Corporation

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Honest, moving, life changing!

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I read Joni's book in the 80s when I was a young girl and I never forgot it. Reading it (or hearing it) now in my 40's was the same in the sense that it was gripping and emotional and touched my heart and spirit but it was also wonderful to be able to get so much more out of it now that I am older. I expect to listen to/read this book again in years to come and again get something more and deeper out of it as I grow in life experience and my relationship with God. Joni's ability to tell her story without overdramatizing and with honest telling of her own doubts, fears, and faults is the most impactful way of expressing God's love. I'm sure this is why this story has resonated with so many different people, because it is so forthright and honest and touches the core that is the same in us all in spite of our differences.

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Encouraging!!

I was hit by an 18-wheeler 20 years ago. Everyday, the pain continues to worsen. Even the implanted pain pump that drips morphine continually into my spinal cord has become totally useless against the horrific pain. I was in an electric wheelchair until the pain pump was implanted. It seemed to help the neuropathy that shoots down my legs enough that I was able to exchange my wheelchair for a walker, and even on good days, a cane. But I guess my body has grown accustomed to the medication, & the increased dosages. I finally said “Enough! No more increases!” I must learn to deal with this mind-numbing pain another way! All of these drugs pumping through my body is not good! One causes this problem, so we counteract it with another medication, and so on, and so on...!”
I have decided to try to learn more by listening to Joni’s books, listening to the Scriptures, & learning to lean on God, instead of the medications that do such horrendous things to my body! My body seems to be heading back to the wheelchair, & though I really don’t want that, I will accept it, if that is what God allows. I will learn to lean hard on Him & listening to books like this one helps to encourage me to do just that. Thank you.

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Wonderful story

I had read this book as a child. Now, as a adult, I listened to it with a different perspective. It is so encouraging and uplifting. It should be a must-read for every Christian!

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Absolute read for Believers and Nonbelievers

Must read / hear. Whether Christian or especially non-Christian. Can and will change your life!

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  • 06-16-21

Finding hope!

Certainly, the majority of people have to deal with hardships, although they can take different forms. In the book, “Joni,” one can learn of a woman who, despite extreme difficulty, found the way to joy and hope.

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A Must Read or Listen

I’m so thankful I listened to Joni it was also a special treat to hear her voice telling her story. This book will have u counting your blessings in life and feeling guilty for grumbling. Joni helps u Realize that no matter what you’re situation is in life u can always look to the lord for Strength to get u through it. Listen u will be so grateful u did.

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Absolutely loved it!

Joni displays God's truth in and grace in her life in a loving and soothing tone. Her storytelling is amazing!

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A humbling experience

Joni definitely walks by faith. Could I or you if we were paralyzed at a young age? This was a humbling experience and a definite five star read.

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Just amazing

Joni is beyond inspirational. For anyone going through a tough time of any sort I highly recommend this book to give you perspective and encouragement.

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Impossible not to love

This book is an encouragement to all people. Glory be to God! Thank you Joni for your commitment to serving the Lord.

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  • Alistair Birch
  • 09-20-05

Inspiring story...

Wonderful, moving and inspiring story, read with real sensitivity and skill by the author. I found myself looking for extra minutes to listen to more to see what happened.

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  • Samantha Fletcher
  • 10-23-20

Amazingly encouraging

Thank you Joni. A wonderful poignant story . God bless you and I thank you for teaching me humility x

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  • Mrs C.
  • 12-12-19

Powerful and moving testimony

I thoroughly recommend this book, it is deeply moving and a powerful testimony to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and within Joni's story I found many aspects that resonated with my own.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-19

Joni

Very inspiring! Challenging story, written with simplicity and honesty. I would recommend this book. Thank you Joni.

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  • 12-17-17

The book I've been waiting for.

This isn't a story of pity but of joy. What it means to understand no matter what our physical condition, we have a purpose in this life. I have been through many of Joni's early experiences of being paralysed in hospital. The feelings of hopelessness and vulnerability. It took Joni's book and the spiritual help from two loving cousins to realise that my life isn't over yet. I still can have purpose and meaning in this life.

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  • Katie Wright, Mrs
  • 11-09-17

So inspiring

Such a great book, and has huge appeal to any listener going through any sort of affliction. Joni is so honest and gracious and she gives the listener so much hope, in what is a very powerful testimony to the love and grace of the Lord. Lovely that it is read by her. Highly recommended.

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  • 06-20-19

Amazing story of faith, perseverance and positivity

I read this book as a teenager in the 80’s and connected with it then, learning from Joni’s wisdom, insight and faith. Now listening to Joni reading it out loud on Audible as an adult I love it even more. Thank you Joni for sharing your story.