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 realize 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 savior you will never forget.
I remember reading Joni’s first book, Joni, when I was a child. I loved it and read it over and over. I even had my mom help me to make a wheelchair for my teddy bear. 😛
I’d always wondered what happened to Joni next, so I was excited to read this book.
Joni and Ken, An Untold Love Story is written in the 3rd person. It goes back and forth between the past and present, discussing the major events in Joni and Ken’s lives such as how they met, the challenges they encountered as newlyweds, the onset of Joni’s chronic pain, the diagnosis of cancer, and how Ken struggled and adjusted to the unique and constant responsibilities involved with being married to a quadriplegia woman.
I guess because I had always heard of Joni being so cheerful and positive and full of joy that I had pictured them having a wonderful, easy marriage. This book was very real, in that it didn’t just tell a “fairy tale” marriage. No, it shared the ups and downs. I learned about some of their dark moments in which both Joni and Ken feel so distant from one another, and some of their joyful moments, when even in the midst of extreme sickness, Ken becomes Joni’s “Jesus”..her strength, her reason to keep fighting.
As I expected, I really enjoyed this book. I was encouraged by Joni’s strength and faith, even in the hard times. I was encouraged to know that they fought through their marriage struggles. I was encouraged by their work and ministry.
And yes, I recommend it to you!
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