Joni & Ken Paperback

An Untold Love Story

by Joni, Ken Eareckson Tada

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Read the unvarnished, untold love story of Ken & Joni Eareckson Tada. Through over 30 years of marriage, this uniquely special couple has developed insights on marriage and relationships that are truly applicable to all.

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Joni & Ken

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Say the name "Joni," and just about everyone knows who she is. With over a million listeners a week to Joni and Friends, a daily five-minute radio program heard on over  1000 broadcast outlets, Joni Eareckson Tada is known around the world as an artist, writer, sought-after speaker, radio host, and inspirational voice. Now, Joni and Ken tell their amazing love story for the first time. From Joni's first glimpse of the back of Ken's head to celebrating almost thirty years of marriage, this is the unvarnished, untold love story of Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada.

But this is not just another love story. Ken and Joni have had to fight for their marriage through the mazes of depression, pain, and cancer by wrapping their two lives around Jesus, showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love… in sickness and in health. Through their struggles, Joni and Ken have developed insights on marriage and relationships that are truly applicable to all. Their lives show that any difficult circumstance can ultimately enrich and deepen the marriage experience, no matter how challenging life gets.

Joni & Ken by Joni & Ken Eareckson Tada was published by Zondervan in April 2013 and is our 14887th best seller. The ISBN for Joni & Ken is 9780310336730.

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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 realise 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 saviour you will never forget.

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Joni Eareckson Tada: “It’s a hard world; there are so many people struggling emotionally, a lot of suffering. Marriage only magnifies how hard it is to deal with suffering. I was cleaning up my bathroom counter the other day, some of the girl who get me up put rose petals in a jar and some of the petals had dropped and they were ready to sweep the whole thing in the trash can. And I said, “oh no no no wait. Would you take a few of those petals and put them in your hand, crush them and just let me smell them.”

Ken Eareckson Tada: “I think that’s a good picture of our marriage. It’s the crushing, that Lord willing has exuded a fragrance that is pleasing to God and I hope encouraging to others.”

“One of the things that I have found as I have gotten older, that we are really in a spiritual battle. And the one thing that I would encourage any person, any man, is that you’ve got to find someone to fight that battle with. So if were to go to war right now, a spiritual war, I’d want my wife to be in that fox hole with me because I know she would watch my back like no other person. I think that’s something I’d like to share through this book – something that hasn’t been shared before.”

Joni Eareckson Tada: “My hope is that, I don’t know, that when people read this book they’ll see that God is at work. If a couple dealing with quadriplegia, chronic pain and cancer and a wheel chair can get through it – you know what, maybe my problems are manageable by the grace of God I’m going to believe that. It would be wonderful to hear somebody say that.”


"The longevity of this relationship is a testimony to the couple’s faithfulness; they never gave up on each other, or on God." - Publishers Weekly.

"Joni & Ken tells a story of “bruised heart[s]”... How the disability plus unmanageable pain plus cancer took its toll on their marriage but eventually drove them to Christ who restored their faith and marriage. That’s the strength of this book. It’s complete focus on Jesus Christ." - Mathew Sims, review.

" each looked to God to find strength to carry on, they also found themselves drawing closer, in God's perfect love triangle." - Christianity Today.

Real-Life Love Stories Are Always The Best!

Rom-coms are endearing (sometimes touching), and romantic novels are emotive… but when you read about the real-deal, how two real humans fell in love, battled through lives demons and rekindled their marriage vows… that’s something entirely different!

Joni & Ken meet at church. This book is their love story – their somewhat unique love story.

For those of you who are not familiar with Joni, she is an author, artist, radio host and founder of a thriving ministry. And she’s managed all this after breaking her neck. Living with quadriplegia means she is paralysed from the shoulders down, but that hasn’t stopped her from living. To date she as written over 40 books, recorded several albums, starred in an autobiographical film about her life and become the advocate for disabled people for the US Government.

Out of all the stories she has told, this book is by far the most honest and revealing. The stress that her disability, chronic pain and cancer put on her marriage truly put Ken’s marriage vows – in sickness and in health – to the test. But know after 30 years of faithfulness and battles they have an amazing tale to tell the world.

Joni, in a blog post, said “God had proved himself through the toughest times in our marriage and, like Samuel the Prophet, we were able to say, ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us’ (1 Samuel 7:12). This is a book that, I know, will encourage you to say the same.”

Ditch those trashy novels and ignore your rented love movies, because this love story is the real deal.

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Details for Joni & Ken

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherZondervan (April 2013)
EditionSpecial edition
Number of Pages192
Thickness25 mm
Height180 mm
Width119 mm
Product Code4062016
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