Book Review: A Place of Healing

A Place Of Healing by Joni Eareckson TadaThis 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.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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