Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story

Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story

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by Ken Tada
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310314707
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Sold by:
Zondervan Publishing
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
93,734
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ken Tada recently retired from thirty-two years of teaching and has come on board with Joni and Friends to serve as Director of Ministry Development. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and in 2001 received Family Life Ministries Robertson McQuilkin Award honoring “The Courageous Love of a Marriage Covenant Keeper.”  Ken is an avid fly fisherman and helps to lead Wild Adventures, a fishing ministry for men.


Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community. Joni and Friends provides practical support and spiritual help to special needs families worldwide, and equips thousands of churches in developing disability ministry. Joni is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Joni, Diamonds in the Dust, Heaven, When God Weeps, and A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married for over 30 years. For more information on Joni and Friends, visit www.joniandfriends.org


Larry Libby is an author and editor who has written a number of books including Someday Heaven and Who Made God? He and his wife, Carol, live in Washington.

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Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
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.
HersheyKK More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for all who would strengthen their marriage and their understanding of the miracle of God's grace.
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miriamjacob More than 1 year ago
Ken and Joni live their faith on the world’s stage, always in full view of the glaring spotlight, where every flaw is highlighted and nothing is secret. Theirs is a faith that triumphs over all odds.  They inspire people to conquer the obstacles of life for the glory of God and the love of Christ.  A truly selfless couple who firmly believe that Jesus is the answer to all life's problems,  Ken and Joni overcome their personal challenges through complete surrender to Christ.  They inspire us to surrender our hearts to the One who loves us wholeheartedly.  Here is a unique love story for the ages. Their trials draw them closer to Christ and shape them on His Potter's wheel into His glorious likeness for eternity.  Their groundbreaking ministry "Wheels for the World" provides a free wheelchair and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children and adults affected by disability.  Two lives live as one, two hearts beat as one, for the glory of God.  This poignant love story will reverberate through the centuries.  Through intense adversity, their love for Christ shines through. A story of hope reflecting Christ’s love for His bride, the Church. Miriam Jacob
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this first for our church library since we have other Joni Eareckson Tada books. I had not had a chance to read it so I purchased it in the Nook version. What a wonderful book for anyone to read. Great for couples that have been married a long time or for newlyweds and singles looking for the right person. Such a great love story.
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I was disappointed in this book. It was awkward and boring. Nothing was in sequence which made it very confusing. I would not recommend this at all.
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Woody-SO More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this wonderful story of God's love and faithfulness to everyone.
PatWKirk More than 1 year ago
An athletic seventeen-year-old girl broke her neck while diving, changing her life forever. Over thirty years later, she still lives in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck down. She has also traveled throughout the US and the world advocating for the disabled. Few of us haven’t heard of Joni Earekson Tada, singer, writer, and artist who does oil paints by holding the brush in her teeth. Ken Tada is the amazing man she found, married, and has loved for thirty years. When he married her, he knew there would be challenges. But he discovered the extent of those challenges on their wedding night. They had periods of near-estrangement as he struggled through the inescapable dailiness of it all. Ken became depressed. Then Joni’s physical disabilities increased. She went from no feeling in her body, to terrible pain, breast cancer, and pneumonia. The Lord took them through the turbulence to a place of deeper-than-ever love for each other and Him. There is a cute set of pictures on the back flap of the two of them laughing together. The authors of Joni&Ken tell the story in personal narrative, leading the reader into the action as though walking along with them. Neither Joni nor Ken are perfect, though talented and spiritually sensitive. What might be too depressing to read, becomes a journey with two nice people that we like.