Anyone who has followed Joni Eareckson Tada’s story and ministry over the years would enjoy this sweet story about her marriage to Ken Tada. Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story draws the reader in by weaving Joni and Ken’s early years with their more recent struggles in their marriage.
Many people are very familiar with Joni’s personal story of tragedy and strength. However, the story of her marriage to Ken and their unique marriage is less familiar. I enjoyed reading about how they met and fell in love in spite of Joni’s disability. Ken’s devotion to her was touching and amazing to read about. Like any marriage, though, Ken and Joni still struggled on several levels. This is not surprising, of course, but Joni writes about it with such transparency.
Joni’s story of becoming paralyzed is striking enough, but the book talks about her issues with extreme pain and then a battle with breast cancer. Ken struggles with being married to someone who is so famous that it feels as if he is forgotten. It doesn’t seem that this book was written to sensationalize any of these struggles, though. Rather, it seems that there is a commonality and a message to anyone who is married to look for and rely on God’s strength and grace through any challenge. Ken and Joni are still human and still struggle with selfishness and pride, just like anyone does. This book draws the focus away from seemingly insurmountable physical struggles to the great and inexhaustible grace of God to transform something into a trophy of his grace. It was a pleasant read and helpful glimpse into this godly couple’s marriage.
This book was reviewed by my wife, Jill. This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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