Monday, September 20, 2010

A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada (Book Review)

When I saw the title A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty, I knew it was a book I wanted to read.  I hadn't read any of Joni Eareckson Tada's books (she's written nearly fifty!) although I knew of her.  This is the back cover text:
If God can heal me, why won't He?

How do we navigate that agonizing distance between such a magnificent yes and such a heartbreaking no?

Over four decades ago, a diving accident left Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic.  Since that time she has become a beloved writer and speaker to millions.  But today, Joni faces a new battle:  chronic, unrelenting pain.  In A Place of Healing, you will see that healing sometimes comes through answers--and sometimes through questions themselves.

Joni Eareckson Tada takes you on a very personal, intimate journey back to foundational questions about healing, suffering, and hope.  Whether you are enduring physical pain, financial loss, or relational grief, Joni invites you to process your suffering along with her.
Practically everyone who believes in God will acknowledge that He has the ability to heal any of us of any affliction at any time.  The real question is whether He wills to heal everyone who comes to Him in faith.  Joni believes that God reserves the right to heal or not ... as He sees fit.

I agree with her.  Even though we may not understand or see "the big picture," our pain can be part of God's plan.  More than half of A Place of Healing outlines potential benefits to our suffering, the assurances and promises that God has given us, and specific examples in which God has been glorified through the suffering of His people.  I do want to point out that Joni never presumes to know the mind of God or speak for Him.  She speaks from what she has learned through her own life experiences.

This isn't a book about giving up.  It's not about refusing help (medical care, counseling, assistance from friends, etc.) and suffering through our afflictions.  It's about seeking God's will, finding hope in His promises, drawing strength from Him, and glorifying Him. If you're struggling with these questions, A Place of Healing is worth a read.

For more information, visit Joni and Friends or watch the book promo video:

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review, and all opinions in this post are my own. This post contains affiliate links: If you click through my links and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting my blog!


  1. I like the ones that speak from themselves not the ones that make you think they know it all. Sounds like a great read to help.

  2. I was so dismayed to learn of Joni's recent diagnosis. I can't imagine the mountains she's had to climb in life. Yet, her faith is as strong as ever. She's a shining example of submission and trust. This book sounds like one more in her long line of powerful inspirational reads.

    Thanks for your review!

  3. This will definitely have to go on my must read list. I've read Paul Brand's book on pain and suffering and Philip Yancey's book on pain. I am guessing she has a very particular insight.

    Thanks for sharing this review.

  4. i will have to check this out...


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