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A book to nurture practical faith in people who are directly or indirectly affected by disability. In disability, the heart of man becomes tethered to pain, thereby providing an unusual opportunity for God's grace to be magnified and faith is trained to be dependent upon the Lord. In this book, written with compassion and sensitivity, Paul Tautges, with Joni Eareckson Tada, draws upon key biblical principles to nurture faith. Includes a Study & Discussion Guide.


Paul Tauges, DMin, serves as senior pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He is also a biblical counselor and has written or edited over 50 books. Paul has been married to Karen since 1986. Together they enjoy their ten children and their spouses as well as a growing tribe of grandchildren.

Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, and an international advocate for people with disabilities. A quadriplegic for over fifty years, Joni is also an effective communicator, sharing her inspirational message in books, through artwork, radio, and other media. Joni and her husband Ken were married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California.


Chapter 1 Whose Fault Is It? 13
Chapter 2 Where Is God in Our Suffering? 31
Chapter 3 What Is God Doing through Disability? 43
Chapter 4 Does God Make Mistakes in the Womb? 57
Chapter 5 Dependent by Design, Disabled on Purpose 67
Chapter 6 Doing Life Together in Gracious Community 81
Conclusion 95
Study & Discussion Guide 99
More Help and Encouragement 135
Endnotes 137
Joni and Friends 139
Scripture Index 141


“This book honors God and offers hope, both for those who experience disability and for their families.” —Jim Newheiser

“Paul and Joni have done a wonderful job in providing the church a concise, readable, and fearless resource.” —Paul Martin

“With compassion and insider insight, Paul Tautges shows from Scripture how God’s providence, purposes, and goodness address the very real struggles and honest questions of those suffering physical and intellectual disability. The chapter-ending touches from Joni bring further wisdom and comfort.” —Robert D. Jones

“Paul Tautges and Joni Eareckson Tada pack into this small volume a boatload of profound truths that every believer needs to hear and live: “God makes no distinction between quality of life and life itself.” “God, not disability, is front and center.” “A person’s identity is not defined by his or her disabilities.” “Some of God’s best gifts must be unwrapped in the dark.” Never have I seen so much biblical truth about how to suffer well to the glory of God put into such a compassionate, powerful, and Word-filled discussion!” —Jim Berg