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Joni & Ken

Joni Eareckson Tada and Ken Tada (Zondervan)

When Ken Tada met Joni Eareckson, he was smitten by a Christian woman with an attractive appearance and a striking personality. But that’s not all—Joni, as she’s known worldwide, was a quadriplegic. Still, Ken committed himself to her, and the two took their marriage vows July 3, 1982. In Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story, written with Larry Libby, the two disclose the hardships and joys they’ve experienced in their 30-plus years together.

Ken first saw Joni in person when she spoke at a Young Life banquet in Burbank, Calif. He had read her biographies, watched her on Billy Graham crusades and seen the movie about her life. Joni wondered if Ken understood just what a long-term relationship would be like with someone so well-known: “Was he marrying the persona or the real person?” she writes. “It felt at times like he was walking into marriage with an idyllic view.” 

Early on, however, Ken learned what it was like to live with Joni. She ran an international disability ministry—with a full schedule—while Ken was comfortable in his own world as a high school history teacher and coach. Ken was also part of Joni’s ministry activities at times, but as a couple, they began to grow apart.

“They could still move in and out of each other’s worlds, but it wasn’t happening as often, or as joyfully, as it used to,” they write. 

Life with his wife’s never-ending needs led Ken into a depression. By God’s grace, he began taking part in a men’s study focused on John Eldredge’s best-selling book Wild at Heart. Ken learned that men desire “an adventure to live, a battle to fight and a beauty to rescue.”

In June 2010, he got his big chance to rescue his beauty when Joni learned she had breast cancer. And Ken stepped up to truly be there for Joni. In fact, they write, her cancer became a “gift” that helped to transform their relationship.

In a personal note at the end of the book, Joni admits that while their marriage may not “meet all the family-counseling criteria for ‘a happy marriage,’ ” there is one thing she knows for sure: “Home is with Ken Tada. … Home is wherever we are together.”  read more

Spiritual Avalanche

Steve Hill
(Charisma House)

A wake-up call to the body of Christ, Spiritual Avalanche was inspired by a vision evangelist Steve Hill received in which he saw Christians swept away by an avalanche of false and heretical teachings promoted by pastors and teachers worldwide—an avalanche that grows larger and more spiritually deadly the longer it builds.  read more

Lifestyle of a Prophet

James W. Goll
(Chosen Books)

This 21-day guide helps Christians develop a level of intimacy with God necessary to hear His voice clearly and proclaim His words faithfully. read more

Unfinished

Richard Stearns
(Thomas Nelson)

Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., helps readers rediscover the true mission of Christ in our world today and the richness of God’s calling on our lives. read more

Center of the Universe Too

Bill Johnson
(Destiny Image)

This follow-up to Johnson’s first compilation of humorous stories offers 85 more comedic stories about late-night encounters in God’s presence, exploding briefcases, stewarding the remote control mantle and more. read more

These Are the Days of Elijah

R.T. Kendall
(Chosen Books)

The best-selling author explores the life and ministry of Elijah and offers insights into the prophet’s extraordinary feats and ordinary imperfections.  read more

Women’s Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare

John Eckhardt
(Charisma House)

This daily devotional for spiritual warfareuses bold declarations and biblical principles to help women confront Satan, providing them with the tools they need to break demonic strongholds over their lives and the lives of their family members. read more

Second Chances: More Stories of Grace

Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)

In this follow-up to the best-selling author’s 2012 book, Grace, readers are inspired by stories of God’s miraculous rescue of people who dug themselves into a pit. From rebellious Peter to proud King David, Max Lucado shows that God’s grace can reach anyone.  read more

The Code of the Holy Spirit

Perry Stone  (Charisma House)

When Bible teacher Perry Stone learned that high priests spoke in tongues in the holy of holies, he was intrigued to discover more little-known details of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the Old Testament. In his newest book, Stone tackles such subjects as the anointing, whether the Holy Spirit is masculine or feminine, why the Spirit is likened to a dove and how to discern if you’re operating in the gifts of the Spirit. read more

Provision Promises

Joseph Prince (Charisma House )

As senior pastor of the 24,000-member New Creation Church in Singapore, Joseph Prince is known worldwide for his teaching on God’s grace and the abundant life we can have in Jesus. In Provision Promises, Prince compiles divine vows taken straight from God’s Word that offer wisdom and inspiration. read more

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