Saturday, January 9, 2016

Joni Eareckson and Ken Tada

February 11, 2014

Soon after I spread the news that the song Alone, Yet Not Alone performed by Joni Eareckson Tada was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Original Song, I heard that the Academy rescinded its nomination. Indeed there are controversies. Debates will go on as long as there are two sides of the story! But whatever the outcome, I still like that song, and I hope you will listen to it HERE on Youtube.

I think about other couples we know who inspire us. Again Joni came to mind. At the luncheon for "Women in Ministry" last year, she was wheeled onto the platform by her husband Ken. Watching them sharing warm exchanges, I wondered how that Asian-American man and Caucasian quadriplegic woman made their marriage work.

If you are interested in the truth about love in a fallen world, check out the book Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story.

Of course I bought that book and got Joni's autograph! You can find this book on Amazon with this introduction:

"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 find 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."

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