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Book Title: Joni|
The author of the book: Joni Eareckson Tada
Date of issue: February 1st 1978
ISBN 13: 9780553277869
Format files: PDF
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I read this book because I'm working with a client on a book and he also has quadriplegia. He said that when he was first injured, this book helped him cope with his disability. I hoped the book would help provide some inspiration and structural ideas for me in my client's project.
Joni is a Christian, and almost the entire book is devoted to her relating to her injury in the context of Christianity. I understand that her faith was important to her in coping with the whys and the hows of her injury, but I honestly was more interested in hearing about the details of physical and occupational therapy and just how she learned to draw so well using her mouth. (She became quite an accomplished artist by holding a pen in her mouth and creating beautiful drawings.) Instead, she glosses over most of these fascinating details to go on and on for pages at a time about Scripture and how her belief in Jesus Christ helped her. Since many readers don't have any direct experience with what it's like to live after a spinal cord injury, I'm sure they'd be just as interested to know many of these things. How does she eat? How does she deal with personal bodily functions? What is her typical daily routine like? Having spoken at length with my client about these sorts of things, I can confidently say that these details are important to relate to people so they can better understand spinal cord injury and have some of the mystery, confusion, and discomfort taken away from the issue.
I really couldn't relate. I have faith that there is a power bigger than ourselves that sort of runs the universe, but I am disillusioned by many of the tenets of organized religion and found that her constant relating of EVERYTHING to Jesus and passages from the Bible made me ultimately not care deeply about her story. I think that when difficulties come to us, we ourselves have to figure out the best ways to relate to and deal with them. I think that yes, it's good to have faith that everything will work out for the best, but I myself couldn't just blindly put my faith in God or a bigger force or whatever and trust that that would be enough. There wasn't much in this book that someone dealing with spinal cord injury or another hardship would find of use if they weren't already a Christian or else incredibly open to and welcoming of the Christian message. There's no practical advice. It just isn't for everyone, and this book definitely wasn't inspiring for me.
Joni decides that since it's challenging for an able-bodied person to live life with a physically disabled person, she is just meant to be single. She does end up getting married after the time period in which this book was written, but I just thought it was utter BS to say, "Well, if it's not in God's plan for me to have the love of a partner, so be it." GARBAGE. EVERYONE deserves to find and have love if they WANT it! The thought of just quietly accepting your destiny is more depressing than inspiring to me.
I'm sure this book can be incredibly helpful and inspiring to people who want a heavily Christian message for overcoming hardship, but if a less religious person or a person who does not believe in Jesus were to read this book, I think they'd find themselves feeling just as bored and alienated (and sometimes frustrated) as I did. I respect that this book helped my client, and that it probably helped many others, but I personally did not enjoy it or learn much from it.
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Joni Eareckson Tada is 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 When God Weeps, Diamonds in the Dust, A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award, and her latest A Spectacle of Glory. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married for 35 years. For more information on Joni and Friends, visit www.joniandfriends.org
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