When God Takes Over

An Interview with Chuck Swindoll and Joni Eareckson Tada

She was an active, lovely teenager when the unthinkable happened—a diving accident . . . a broken neck. In July 1967, doctors told Joni Eareckson she would never walk again, and they were right. But after working through the hardest of challenges, she surrendered her life to Christ completely, and God began a work through Joni that has changed millions of lives. In this unique, splendid interview, Joni shares her story with Chuck Swindoll as she has never shared before.

Chuck Swindoll and Joni Eareckson Tada
Chuck Swindoll interviewing Joni Eareckson Tada

Watch the Interview

Interview Questions

  1. What did a friend’s kindness reveal to you about God’s compassion?
  2. How do you fight the temptation to be bitter?
  3. Tell us about the Joni and Friends ministry.
  4. How did you meet your husband, Ken?
  5. What do you say to the broken or hurting today?
  6. Be Not Afraid—ministering to Joni through song

Let Me Hear from You

One of the hardest steps we can take is also one that brings us the freedom we often long for. That step is taking responsibility for life as it is, not as we want it to be. It is accepting our circumstances, our struggles, our lives as God has allowed and living fully within His sovereign care. For some, this is a simple decision while others of us struggle with it, but all of us must come to it—if we want to experience all God has for us.

No one is exempt from the unexpected . . . a paralyzing situation, a loss, grief that won’t end, cancer, disease. Perhaps you feel as though your soul has been bound by suffocating and isolating bitterness. Isn’t it time to talk about making a change? Do you want to go through life as a captive or with contentment? Only you can choose how you will respond.

Joni has lived with paralysis and chronic pain, she’s survived cancer, and she has learned to live with contagious joy. And like Joni, we all make choices. What is holding you back? Let’s connect and talk about how you can turn your life around today.

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About Joni Eareckson Tada

201507-joni-smJoni, the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left 17-year-old Joni Eareckson a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands and legs. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. Mrs. Tada has served on the National Council on Disability and the Disability Advisory Committee to the U.S. State Department. She has helped guide evangelism strategies among people with disabilities worldwide as Senior Associate for Disability Concerns for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.

Joni has received numerous awards and honors, including the Victory Award from the National Rehabilitation Hospital and the Golden Word Award from the International Bible Society. She has been awarded several honorary degrees, including: Doctor of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Humanitarian Services from California Baptist University, and a Doctor of Humane Letters by Indiana Wesleyan University where she was inducted into IWU’s Society of World Changers.

Joni has written more than 50 books. She has received the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Joni’s latest book is Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story published by Zondervan.

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  1. Finally my husband submitted to see a christian psychiatrist.What make him do it after 20 years is because my son started to show signs of rebellion,that i blamed him for years of neglecting his part to be delivered from his demons.That day after coming from the province for the burial of his father which he cut short (depriving my mother in law the comfort of his presence) to attend to my son going violent,destroying things inside and outside the home because of anger (that prompts me that i needed the police to stop him).I am suppose to see our church pastor for counseling but a small voice whispered to me that this comes to pass by praying and fasting.I indeed staying in a catholic church retreat home (very affordable and accessible than our church retreat home).And my three days of retreat resulted to my husband’s submission to a christian psychiatrist.Now he is convinced that he really needed the help of the body of Christ to lead him into the right truck of restoration.What i praise God is the pastor who is going to counsel him is a person crimson red in sin who is now white as snow minister (My husband and his counselor has one thing in common as far as perversion is concerned).I believe this is really what happens when we pray and fast.

    I appreciate your featuring joni tada she is my inspiration in enduring suffering.Thank you colleen.

    • Jean,
      Such great news that your hubby is willing to seek counsel and attend to what is broken. I pray you will continue the healing path and God will be honored through you both. Please keep me up to date as we pray for healing together. Colleen

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