Joni & Ken: Deine Liebe schenkt mir Flügel. Mit einem

Joni & Ken: Deine Liebe schenkt mir Flügel. Mit einem Querschnittgel hmt, ber hmt und ber drei ig Jetzt noch einen Mann zu finden, ist das Letzte, womit Joni rechnet Bis der gut aussehende Ken in ihr Leben tritt und Joni verspricht in guten wie in schlechten Zeiten Doch die Pflege und das ganz allt gliche Leben mit einer gel hmten Frau ist schwerer, als gedacht Zunehmend leidet die Ehe darunter und wird vor Zerrei proben gestellt Erst die Diagnose Brustkrebs im Jahrbringt die beiden, entgegen aller Erwartungen, wieder ganz eng zusammen und auf unglaubliche Weise in die sp rbare N he von Jesus Joni Ken ist eine wahre Geschichte voller Romantik und Trauer, voller Vertrauen und Unsicherheiten, voller Gl ck und Schmerz Eine Geschichte, wie sie sch ner und spannender kaum sein k nnte Und die nur eines berdauern kann eine Liebe, die Fl gel schenkt This was just OK I admire Joni so much and she certainly testifies to the beauty and glory of Christ in powerful ways But this book s style voice struck me as kind of cheesy I also didn t like the way it was organized jumping all over the place in time, from their dating years to the early 2000s back to the 1980s I might give it only 2.5 stars, but I ll round up. You have often heard me say that our afflictions come from the hand of our all wise and sovereign God And although cancer is something new, I am content to receive from God whatever He deems fit for mebut rest assured that Ken and I are utterly convinced that God is going to use this to stretch our faith, brighten our hope and strengthen our witness to others I m sure most of you are familiar with Joni the author s auto biography It relays the story of her diving accident as a teen and suYou have often heard me say that our afflictions come from the hand of our all wise and sovereign God And although cancer is something new, I am content to receive from God whatever He deems fit for mebut rest assured that Ken and I are utterly convinced that God is going to use this to stretch our faith, brighten our hope and strengthen our witness to others I m sure most of you are familiar with Joni the author s auto biography It relays the story of her diving accident as a teen and subsequent paraplegia It has sold millions of copies in multiple languages.I actually preferred this book about Joni s marriage to Ken Tada, her sudden daily chronic pain and later cancer diagnosis This is truly a modern day telling of the story of Job Job s wife, however, turned against him, Joni s husband does not.If anyone thinks they are suffering in the Christian life, they should read this book If anyone thinks that things can t get any worse, they should read this book If anyone thinks that God wouldn t allow them to go through anythan they have already dealt with, they should read this book The battle for Joni s life became very intense at times Paralysis Crushing pain on top of paralysis Cancer on top of crushing pain.Radical mastectomy on top of cancer.Chemotherapy on top of mastectomy.Pneumonia on top of chemotherapy And intense spiritual warfare with dark, malevolent spirits on top of it all.This is a book that will cause you to look beyond the temporary difficulties, no matter how fierce the battle and to look to Jesus, the One who through His sacrificial death on the cross, has opened the way for eternal life in Heaven without suffering and pain Highly recommended for those who need to get some perspective in the Christian life and to get their eyes fixed again on Jesus This will especially be helpful for those going through marriage difficulties, but the lessons can be applied across the board What a love story This is the true story of a real romance, of a man who sacrificially loves his quadriplegic wife Joni can not even turn herself in bed she has to wake him to do it for her Ken has faced numerous challenges in being the spouse of a famous person with intensive special needs His struggle with the daily grind of it all honestly conveyed here My favourite part is when God speaks to him, and he chooses to love his wife with all he has I did find the storyline a bit jumpy he What a love story This is the true story of a real romance, of a man who sacrificially loves his quadriplegic wife Joni can not even turn herself in bed she has to wake him to do it for her Ken has faced numerous challenges in being the spouse of a famous person with intensive special needs His struggle with the daily grind of it all honestly conveyed here My favourite part is when God speaks to him, and he chooses to love his wife with all he has I did find the storyline a bit jumpy here for some reason the person compiling this chose not to go for a chronological approach but the sections themselves are well told I think this is quite my favourite romance of all because it is real and so Christ like Even though a dear older friend at church loved this book about the marriage of Joni and Ken Tada, I never meant to read it Rather, Joni Eareckson Tada kept finding her way into conversations with a different friend at church That friend asked me to repeat Joni s name, asked what she wrote, asked for her name written down So I left for the used bookstore on Sunday, hoping it might have a book I saw there before or another of Joni s works Flipping through this, I thought it looked too full of Even though a dear older friend at church loved this book about the marriage of Joni and Ken Tada, I never meant to read it Rather, Joni Eareckson Tada kept finding her way into conversations with a different friend at church That friend asked me to repeat Joni s name, asked what she wrote, asked for her name written down So I left for the used bookstore on Sunday, hoping it might have a book I saw there before or another of Joni s works Flipping through this, I thought it looked too full of suffering something I ve really been fearing lately Yet this was the book in stock So this was the one I bought Early on the story seems so hopeful A woman who is nearly 32 and paralyzed, and thus thinks marriage will elude her, finds a man she once prayed for after admiring the back of his head when distracted at a worship service starting to admire her Really admire her He even empties her leg bag of urine on the first date Yet the story turns awfully gritty and hard It turns out Ken partly loved Joni s personality, her beauty, her love for the Lord bigger than life persona Living with a quadriplegic woman, providing so much of her care, of course isinvolved than Ken had expected before marriage Granted, marriage is harder for anyone than imagined The daily grind begings to wear on him, distance builds in the relationship, Joni distances herself to lessen the strain on Ken while hating the distance After a while it all seems so grim.Being 32 with damaged arm tendons and a slightly questionable immune system, I found myself moving from relating to wrongly using the account as a barometer If I should find my autoimmunity to ever includethan thyroid disease, would this be the burden a husband would feel Should I determine to never marry Empty apartment or condo a house seems like quite a high aim with damaged arms because it might necessitate finding asustainable career path , empty kitchen table, empty bed, empty passenger seat, empty womb, empty life, friends being less available as age bringsmarriages, struggling to find suitable jobs though I must say the Lord always has gotten me through just in ways that show His hand had to have given the answers because they were too unique for me to find recognize That s how fear speaks, right That what we fear will happen That it will turn out as just as we think or worse That the grace of God won t be there incidentally, Jay Adams is very good at speaking into this last point in a tiny booklet called Christ and Your Problems That s it s all about me, my desires, my idols gulp , my circumstances.And yet, by the end this book spoke hope where fear had settled deep into my bones Sure, what Joni feared sometimes happened Similarly, what you and I fear might happen Plus good changes that are given may be taken away We can t count on what God hasn t promised Yet the grace of God IS intricately woven through any believer s life even if we eclipse it in our imaginings And sometimes, Christ is seen most, and the most good comes, in the grittiest, harder than ever imagined circumstances Circumstances life paraplegia where one can t even go to the bathroom unassisted , compounded by horrible and distracting chronic pain, cancer, a masectomy, pneumonia something quite dangerous after years of paraplegia What has proved most insightful from Joni s life for me is what I love most about this book It brings the reader back to Christ His presence The hope He brings How we find fulfillment without looking for it in following the Lord and, out of service to Him, pouring our lives into others.As the light creeps back in dawn is on the horizon The hardness is there, but so is the surpassing beauty of Christ Suffering threatens to conquer, but Christ is most present in it and workinggood than Joni and Ken ever guessed in their lesser struggles The Lord is deeply binding the hearts of two people, bound formally by a covenant, through great trials Their life changes to rejoicing in their union with God and each other Home changes to being about an us rather than a structure or two I s We find that GOD is present, GOD is strong, GOD is loving, GOD sustains, GOD changes circumstances sometimes and His people always, GOD gives growth and peace and hope, GOD fulfills, that GOD does all things well Christ s grace is sufficient because His power is made perfect, seen, felt, in weakness The rest, the hope, the help are not in us but in the Lord Don t you see the HOPE for you Joni and Ken there And the HOPE for you and me whether or not our health holds, we can ever afford houses, our wombs stay empty and our homes at least emptier than hoped For the God who sustains the Tadas, who teaches them, who works so wondrously in and through their very real pain and trials, who binds them closer, who gives joy when circumstances can t account for it, is ACCESSIBLE TO ANYONE IN CHRIST By being so real about their struggles and God s work in them, they show WEARY, WEAK, SINFUL, MISERABLE people something of THE SUFFICIENCY AND GOODNESS OF CHRIST For that, I am very thankful the Lord led me to buy a book I didn t want to read This is a bit too autobiographical, but it shall do

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