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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Joni and Ken : An Untold Love Story

                                                               
I was excited when I saw that I could review this book. I read her original book "Joni" when I was a kid, and saw the movie when it was in theaters. I was amazed at how she could trust God throughout her recovery from the accident, and the realization of how life changing this accident was. She was completely real and it was encouraging to me and many others.

In Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story, we get an authentic look at their courtship and 30 year marriage. We see throughout the book that life isn't all easy or even enjoyable. Living with a quadriplegic person is hard even when you are in a committed relationship with them. We live through their struggles and accomplishments alongside them as we follow not only the present life, but the past 30 years. We find the reasons that this marriage works regardless of circumstances they face daily.

Although the majority of the book is from Joni's perspective, we learn alot about Ken also. We learn how open he is about his personal struggles he faced when realizing life with Joni is much more difficult than he imagined. He found he did allow some "fame feelings" to intrude in his feelings with how life would be. It's easy to glaze over some of the more difficult issues in a relationship when you can focus on the positive aspects, and when those aspects are known world wide, it's harder to ignore.

We follow the couple as they serve Christ through their travels, and ministries. Ken begins to feel he has taken a backseat in the relationship as Joni's personal and professional life takes over their day to day life.

Through the years, the marriage begins to feel more like  parallel living instead of the closeness that should accompany a marriage. They begin to feel overburdened, and Ken especially begins to find his patience stretched to the limits.

When Joni is diagnosed with cancer, and Ken finds himself delving into a deeper relationship with Christ, we find a new devotion and commitment to the marriage. They find themselves feeling closer than ever to Christ and each other. They make the marriage a priority daily. The little things Ken found himself overwhelmed with, now become more about serving and love.

I loved this book. It was a great story of true love, and how you can overcome any struggle with Christ in your life. It was obviously more directed to their personal struggle of quadriplegia, but I found the book a great help in ways that could encourage any marriage. I highly recommend everyone read this book!


Disclosure: I received an ebook copy of the book from book sneeze.com in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was given. My opinions are my own and may differ from others.

20 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book--I would love to read more about their faith through all of this!

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  2. Wow, that sounds like an incredible read. I can't imagine what it must have been like. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Great review thanks for sharing..

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  4. This sounds like an amazing book...adding it to my TBR list!

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  5. I love everything from Joni Eareckson Tada. What a wonderful topic! Thanks for the review!

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  6. Wow sounds like a great story! thank you so much for sharing! xo xo

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  7. Sounds very intense. I admire anyone who can make it through such hardships.

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  8. I love inspiring stories like this!

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  9. Wow! Sounds intense and inspiring.

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  10. I would love to read this one too!

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  11. Sounds like a good read. Marriage certainly isn't always easy, and I can't imagine how much harder it is having a spouse with a disability.

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  12. sounds inspiring adding to reading list

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  13. Nothing like a good love story

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  14. It is so true that you can get by the hard times by clouding them over with the good ones. This sounds like a great book.

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  15. This sounds very inspiring. Being married is a challenge by itself without any other issues. It sounds like their love endured all things though.

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  16. I will have to look for this book. It sounds like a incredible read.

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  17. Great Review!! I just do not have it in me to read a lot of books. I'm always baking :)

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    1. i wish i could bake better:) My son bakes pies for us!

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  18. It does looks very interesting, I might going to see if I can get a free copy of the book. Thank you for sharing

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