This 2010 tome is Joni Eareckson Tada’s 48th book. Eareckson Tada is a radio host, a conference speaker and founder of the worldwide ministry Joni And Friends. At age 61 she is a 44-year survivor of a swimming accident that left her a quadriplegic.
Following 40 years of quadriplegia Joni writes this book in the middle of one of her greatest battles. As she writes this book she is suffering minute-by-minute battles with chronic lower back pain. While she has written previous books on suffering she states that she wanted to write this one while she was in the middle of the battle so the reader could benefit from her suffering.
Joni reminds us of the sovereignty of God and the fact that his hand is in everything. Even though we don’t see His wisdom it is in everything. We may not understand why we have discomforts, trials and suffering, but we must see them as God’s will, and therefore perfect.
She acknowledges that she frequently asks God for relief from her pain and she asks God for the strength to endure the pain. But, what separates her from most of us is, like the apostle Paul, when God says “no, you will keep your pain” she thanks Him. She takes joy in her suffering knowing that God has a plan.
Towards the end of the book Joni provides the reader with numerous stories of people who have benefited from reading her books, hearing her speak or from her ministry. She tells the reader that her 40+ years of quadriplegia and her current suffering from pain have benefited thousands if not millions of people. And, these blessings were a direct result of God’s “no” to Joni’s prayers for healing.
This book is a rare look into a soul laid bare by the 40 years of suffering that Joni has endured. She provides an insight that only she can share.