The Beyond Suffering Bible cover. It features an image of the ocean at sunset beneath the title.

The Beyond Suffering Bible is the first study bible made specifically for those who suffer and the people who love them.


– Kirk Cameron
Actor & Director

“It has been said, “If you preach to the hurting you will never lack an audience.” As a preacher of the gospel, and as a father who has suffered the loss of a son, I know that statement to be true. In the moments of loss, heartache, and pain, there is nothing that brings greater comfort than the balm of Scripture. C. S. Lewis once wrote: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” In this Bible, produced by Joni and an assortment of scholars, the shouting is underlined!

I don’t think there is another person on the planet today that is more suited to prepare a Bible attended with notes, devotional thoughts, and commentary on the theme of suffering than Joni Eareckson Tada. Through the years she has been an inspiration to millions of people through her tender insights and encouragement, and through the way she has carried herself with grace and dignity in the midst of pain. This Bible will be used to bring hope, peace, and comfort to all who desperately seek a word from God in times of trouble. I highly recommend it to those who are hurting, to those who will hurt someday (that’s all of us), and to those who want to effectively minister and pray for people in suffering.”

– Pastor Greg Laurie
Senior Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship

“It’s reasonable to say that a person doesn’t have to live long to encounter the reality of pain and suffering. And when these trials hit, there’s an inherent quality about them that pushes many people to search for answers to surfaced questions, find comfort amidst sorrow and understanding to battle confusion. The Beyond Suffering Bible offers every reader the opportunity to hear God’s clarifying truths, witness infinite love through Jesus Christ, and receive comfort by the Holy Spirit and the anchoring promises of His Word. But in addition, the connection points, devotionals, and resources help the reader to gain a greater understanding of suffering and affliction, while infusing strength, encouragement, and life-giving hope. We cannot think of a better combination in a Bible than the Word itself and a host of other saints that have walked down the road of suffering and share the treasures they’ve gleaned therein.”

– Pastor Scott and Shannon Gallatin
Calvary Chapel of the Finger Lakes

“The Lausanne Movement has trumpeted a call for the whole church to bring the whole gospel to the whole world. Joni has helped sound that call in helping to establish Lausanne’s Disability Concerns Global Issue Network. The Beyond Suffering Bible helps bring that vision to reality offering the HOPE that the GOSPEL alone can bring to ALL people, in particular to the one billion people on earth suffering from a disability and to those around them who both love them and are suffering alongside them. They, we all, need HOPE. The Beyond Suffering Bible helps make that hope clear from the very words of God and a faithful commentary on those words. I wholeheartedly commend this resource to you.”

– Dr. Michael Oh
Global Executive Director, Lausanne Movement

“I have had the honor and privilege of knowing Joni Eareckson Tada for over 30 years. Her testimony and heart for the precious ones forgotten by society but not by God has stirred my heart and soul. Her very life tells the story of the amazing grace of God. Thus our Lord, whose heart also aches for these dear ones, has raised up Joni and Friends to be a bridge to all those who suffer. In many ways around the world, God has used Joni to meet needs and to bind up the brokenhearted, but I believe the greatest effort yet is her study Bible: Beyond Suffering Bible. In a unique way, the notes and Scripture correlation points direct each reader to the only source of hope: the Lord Jesus himself, who took the suffering for all in his own body on the cross of Calvary. I highly recommend it not only to those who suffer in body and spirit, but to all the caregivers who share in this suffering daily as they seek to meet needs and give hope. In our partnership in Argentina and throughout South America, we join hands with Joni and friends to be sources of hope. And I believe her study Bible will be used in wonderful ways.”

– Dr. Joe Jordan
Founding Director, Word of Life Argentina | former Executive Director, Word of Life International

“The Beyond Suffering Bible is a deep well of hope and inspiration for anyone who knows the painful despair that comes with mental and physical suffering. God’s Word is the centerpiece, beautifully appointed with devotionals, connections points, profiles, and words of encouragement from Joni Eareckson Tada. Experience the Word of Truth in this Bible; it will strengthen your faith in God’s everlasting love for you.”

– Tami Heim
President & CEO, Christian Leadership Alliance

“The Beyond Suffering Bible is a deep well of hope and inspiration for anyone who knows the painful despair that comes with mental and physical suffering. God’s Word is the centerpiece, beautifully appointed with devotionals, connections points, profiles, and words of encouragement from Joni Eareckson Tada. Experience the Word of Truth in this Bible; it will strengthen your faith in God’s everlasting love for you.”

– Tami Heim
President & CEO, Christian Leadership Alliance

“Solomon warns us to prepare for ‘difficult days’ of increased suffering (Ecclesiastes 12:1). When we suffer, remembering our Creator by meditating on His Word directly or through the reflections of others who also have traversed life’s deep dark valleys can help us. The Beyond Suffering Bible assists us in remembering. I give copies to suffering family members and friends so that they can find comfort, peace, and strength to go on. But I keep a copy for myself to help me remain faithful during my difficult days.”

– Dave Deuel, PhD
Senior Research Fellow—Special Projects, The Christian Institute on Disability and Disability Concerns | Network Catalyst, The Lausanne Movement

“In our world full of broken people who are daily facing the struggles that come along with tragedy, disability, death, and disease, the Beyond Suffering Bible offers encouragement and hope. Joni and Friends and their team have brought a tool that will help to point those who are suffering to King Jesus. This Bible is written to be easily read, providing hope, strength, and tools that will enrich and impact the lives of those who suffer. I am honored to have been a part of this Bible and look forward to making it available to the individuals and families I serve whose daily lives are affected in some way by disability.”

– Rev. Julie Keith
Special Needs Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena

“I am so pleased that God has allowed Joni and her team to put The Beyond Suffering Bible and its accompanying tools together. Joni is a gift from God to our generation. May God use this for His glory. I know I will use it and I recommend others to use it as well.”

– Mark L. Bailey
President, Dallas Theological Seminary

“The Beyond Suffering Bible puts a magnifying lens on one of the central themes of scripture—the common human experience of suffering. This handy resource shifts our thinking about suffering from something that happens to certain people who face uncommon predicaments to a normal and unsurprising aspect of human existence. Most importantly, it demonstrates that the reader is never alone in suffering, but is together with the authors and actors of the Bible and even more so with an ever-active, involved, and caring God.”

– Benjamin Conner
Director of the Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry, Western Theological Seminary

“In a society that tends to avoid discussion of suffering, this Bible is important. And in a way, it’s for all us. It cuts through the platitudes and misguided “wisdom” to show what God’s Word says about suffering. It helps us all see how a life of suffering can be purposeful, impactful, and rich. Best of all, it points to hope in the Savior who knows, understands, and groans with us in our suffering—and who will ultimately redeem it by his grace.”

– Amy Simpson
Inner Strength Coach and Author, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission

“I want to get this Bible into the hands of everyone I know. Life is full of struggle and suffering and the Word of God is full of life and hope. Whatever you are facing right now, you will find help and healing here.”

– Sheila Walsh
Bible teacher, speaker, and author

“Perhaps the greatest challenge we face is to grasp the goodness of God in the midst of the practical realities of suffering - especially when that suffering is ours. That challenge however, also represents an opportunity - and that is where the Beyond Suffering Bible comes in. This heart and soul effort of Joni Eareckson Tada, incorporates the insights and experiences of God's people onto the foundation of scripture to help us wrestle with the goodness of God in the midst of suffering. I strongly endorse this "work of legacy" by Joni!”

– Dr. Bill Lodewyk
President, Elim Christian Services

“During my long career in services for blind and visually impaired people I observed one virtually universal response to sudden sight impairment. That is severe depression, deep sense of loss, fear and anger. For believers it can also include a shaking of faith and questioning whether God exists. As I read through Beyond Suffering Bible I saw a rich oasis of understanding, hope and inspiration for all -- believers and non-believers alike. I did not realize how much of the entire Bible is written for the marginalized, the disabled and those who live with chronic pain. Throughout this easy-to-read study Bible, special profiles of Biblical characters and people in modern-day-life, devotionals, introductions, connection points and words from Joni Eareckson Tada make this an indispensable resource for those who suffer -- those who will suffer -- and for loved ones searching for answers and instruction on how to help. This is the study Bible that countless people all over the world have been yearning for!”

– Leslie E. Stocker, Jr.
President Emeritus, Braille Institute of America

“Joni is an extraordinary woman. Determination, courage and compassion come from her heart. You can see the Grace of our Sovereign God in her life at every turn. Who better to have compiled her personal notes and insights to share with those who suffer and those who are caretakers? Joni’s comments and helpful insights for those who want to dig deeper into God’s Word are such an assistance and blessing. Through Joni’s experience she is able to point us to the help that only God’s Word can give. The Bible is our hope and Joni’s collection of her own comments along with others will point us to the answers we need to get Beyond Suffering.”

– Dr. William J. Amstutz
Shepherds Ministries | Shepherds College

“When pain invades our comfort, the Beyond Suffering Bible is here to dig deeply and point directly to hope, purpose, and encouragement! Joni and her team draw on 50 years of hard won experience to show readers the strength, joy, and nourishment God’s word has for us when we face suffering. This resource illuminates the truth that God delights in each of us and is working for our good. The Beyond Suffering Bible is already a right-hand resource for me, a Christian college dean and professor, as I work with students and colleagues who are dealing with suffering, caring for others, or preparing themselves for work in disability ministry, healthcare, missions, and public policy. Readers from all walks of life will be spiritually fed by the Beyond Suffering Bible and impressed by the connections and insights it contains.”

– Angela Hare, PhD
Dean, School of Science, Engineering and Health, Messiah College

“The Beyond Suffering Bible will bless so many! As a pastor, I can't wait to share it with people who grapple with overwhelming circumstances. It clearly addresses the issues they deal with every day. It provides gracious, but solid biblical perspectives on suffering. It brings hope from God to those who feel forgotten by others. I am confident this will become one of the key resources I will recommend for years to come!”

– Shawn Thornton
Senior Pastor, Calvary Community Church, Westlake Village, CA

“I confess, I've thought, the world doesn't need another Bible--we need to be reading the one we have. Then I saw this Bible. This is the Bible that reads us. It doesn't highlight the words of Jesus in red, it highlights the tears of God in suffering.”

– Nicole Johnson
Author, Speaker, Dramatist

“There are a lot of great books for families like mine who live with disability. But the Beyond Suffering Bible is different - it sends us right into God's Word. The Beyond Suffering Bible is like a giant neon arrow pointing us to the One True Hope, Jesus.”

– Emily Colson
author of Dancing with Max

“I highly endorse the Beyond Suffering Bible because I relate so personally to the urgent need for such a Bible. My recent experience with life-threatening cancer taught me that regardless of what suffering we go through—or what we face—we can always count on God’s sustaining grace. I firmly believe the purpose that Joni and her author friends have in writing such a masterpiece is to encourage each of us to stand firm in God’s grace. We know from Scripture that the most important thing we can do on this earth is to tell people the Good News about God’s grace. One immediate way you and I can do this is by sharing the Beyond Suffering Bible with others.”

– Jon R. Wallace, DBA
President, Azusa Pacific University

“Disability does not discriminate according to age, gender, ethnicity, or language. Neither does the hope, help, dignity, and comfort of the Word of God. Rather than creating a God of your choosing who fails to meet your expectations, discover your Creator and experience his comfort through his Word! Whether you are suffering with a disability or ministering to someone who is, get a copy of the Beyond Suffering Bible—it will strengthen your faith.”

– Dr. A. Charles Ware
Father of a quadriplegic son | President, Crossroads Bible College

“The complexity of university students’ lives makes this Bible a tremendous resource to guide them through one of the most overwhelming and important transition periods of their lives. The insights of the Beyond Suffering Bible provide a clear road map to a life of godly service and significance.”

– Dr. Roger Parrott
President, Belhaven University

“There is no one I trust more than Joni Eareckson Tada to address human suffering with biblical wisdom, theological discernment, and Christian compassion. This extraordinary resource brings the ministry of Joni and Friends right into your home with fresh insight and gospel hope for persevering through painful trials. It’s a study Bible for people who suffer and the people who love them, which means that it’s a study Bible for all of us.”

– Dr. Philip Ryken
President, Wheaton College

“No one should suffer alone. This Bible awakens the tormented heart to God’s healing presence and perfect peace.”

– Stephen Arterburn, MEd
Founder and Chairman, New Life Ministries

“I look forward to using and recommending the Beyond Suffering Bible as a resource and place of comfort. I am grateful for the many ways God will use this Bible to remind us of God’s hope in the midst of a broken world where we do not yet see clearly.”

– Pam Harmon
Vice President, Capernaum Ministries

“Joni Eareckson Tada is one of my heroes. Her positive attitude and deep love for the Lord, despite incredible challenges, has been an inspiration to me. “Now Joni has created the Beyond Suffering Bible to share the hope and encouragement that has ministered to her own heart through her struggle with disability. I highly recommend this great work because I believe there’s no one more qualified to deal with this subject than Joni Eareckson Tada.”

– Danae Dobson

“It would be hard to imagine a more important topic or a more appropriate person to address it. Joni has lived a life of faith forged by challenge. This Bible is a timely contribution and a valuable resource.”

– Max Lucado
Pastor, Best Selling Author

“My wife, Paulette, and I are closely acquainted with Joni for more than four decades. She is an inspirational example representing the deepest of theologians rooted in the seminary of suffering, and in all things has emerged more than a conqueror in her beloved Jesus Christ. This Beyond Suffering Bible, with her distinct signature of credibility, will impact thousands for the cause of Christ, just as her thoughts have encouraged us in our journey with our precious special-needs daughter. It is a fresh picture of God’s sustaining and victorious grace.”

– Peter Teague, EdD
President, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary and Graduate School

“Suffering is an integral theme in Scripture and an unavoidable part of life. The Beyond Suffering Bible connects readers to the pain, struggle, and healing that is everywhere in the biblical narrative, helping us bridge the gap between our experience of suffering and the hope we can have in Christ. This will be a helpful, encouraging resource for many!”

– Dr. Barry H. Corey
President, Biola University
author, "Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue"

“I am such a big fan of Joni Eareckson Tada. She is an inspiration for everyone who knows her or knows of her. The Joni and Friends International Disability Center has been named one of the Best Christian Workplaces for 2016—their 11th consecutive year for this award. The Center continues to make a major difference in their mission to help people with disabilities all over the world. Now with the Beyond Suffering Bible, Joni has taken her faith and her important work to a whole different level. Since we all have painful issues to deal with at various times in our lives, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this Bible. It is a special gift to the world—and so is Joni.”

– Ken Blanchard
Cofounder, Lead Like Jesus
coauthor, "The New One Minute Manager®"

“Being recently immersed with a family in the raw grief of a tragedy, I found myself reading the Beyond Suffering Bible not only through my eyes but also theirs. I can’t say enough about the value of this monumental work. To integrate God’s Word with such sparkling, honest, and Christ-centered insights was brilliant. I don’t know how this Bible could be better or more complete! I believe our Redeemer will use it powerfully. I can’t imagine any person who loves God and loves people not loving this amazing product. I will personally give the Beyond Suffering Bible to many. I’m glad to offer my most enthusiastic recommendation for this extraordinary resource!”

– Randy Alcorn
Author, "Heaven" | "If God Is Good" | "Happiness"

“Out of the depths of her own travail, Joni knows three things: that suffering is an undeniable reality in this fallen world; that the Bible is the world’s best resource for sufferers; and that lasting hope and help for those whose lives have been permanently altered by suffering is only found in the presence, power, promises, and grace of God. And because she does, she has produced a resource that will bring comfort, hope, and direction to countless people who are affected by disability. I love the Beyond Suffering Bible! I know of no resource like it.”

– Paul David Tripp
President, Paul Tripp Ministries
author, "New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional"

“Throughout human history, no book has brought more comfort or hope to struggling lives than the Bible. Now comes a study Bible especially designed for that noble purpose. It’s a gift of life!”

– John Ortberg
Senior pastor, Menlo Church
author, "All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?"

“One thing I’ve learned knowing Joni Eareckson Tada for over 30 years . . . she unfailingly delivers encouragement to those who are struggling. It doesn’t matter whether the issue is disability or financial upheaval, marital disruption or chronic illness. Her focus always directs the pained heart toward the One who can instill hope. Once again, Joni (with a team of contributors) has crafted a remarkably inspiring work—this time presented in the context of Scripture itself. What could be more powerful? We know that all of us struggle . . . which means that the Beyond Suffering Bible is for everyone!”

– Peggy S. Campbell

“Who better to take us deep into the Word of God about the problem of suffering than Joni Eareckson Tada! In a world full of study Bibles, the work of Joni and her colleagues promises to be a stand-alone contribution to one of the most challenging themes in Scripture. Contrary to our world’s perspectives, the challenges posed by suffering can be turned to productive outcomes when we surrender our minds and hearts to our God who delights in working all things together for good. These insightful perspectives on productivity in the midst of pain will provide strength for those who are hurting and for those who are helping.”

– Dr. Joseph M. Stowell
President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“I’m excited to make the Beyond Suffering Bible available to the families and volunteers in our ministry. The unique design of this special study Bible makes it especially relevant to those who are experiencing suffering and disabilities, as it helps guide us to a better understanding of God’s purposes and the peace and joy that can come from a life fully connected to Him.”

– Karen Anderson
Director, Barnabas Ministry, Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

“I love this Bible! The notes and resources within the pages are infused not with pity or sympathy but with the tender loving-kindness of a God who truly feels our pain.

Only someone who has suffered deeply could be used so greatly as to enhance and enrich God’s own words with such compassionate understanding. On behalf of those who suffer in ways others can’t see, thank you, Joni!”

– Anne Graham Lotz
President and CEO, AnGeL Ministries
Chairperson, National Day of Prayer Task Force |

“Joni has been a trusted voice of influence in my life for decades. Her latest contribution, the Beyond Suffering Bible, represents a culmination of a lifetime of seeking the heart of God through the Word of God in the midst of life’s trials. I believe that the Beyond Suffering Bible may prove to be one of the more significant contributions to the Christian community in decades and a tool that God will use to draw countless hearts closer to Himself.

Too few believers, including Christian leaders, have a good theology of suffering. We enjoy celebrating God as the one who brings abundance, but we don’t know what to think when He also claims to be the God of drought (Psalm 74:15) Joni has found God to be big enough not only for her best days but also for her worst. Through the Beyond Suffering Bible we will find Him to be the same for us.”

– Dr. John Stumbo
President, The U.S. Christian and Missionary Alliance

“As pastor of First Baptist Dallas, I encounter many people in my ministry who struggle with a disability. These special-needs families are in need of not only practical help, but true hope from the Scriptures. It’s not uncommon for me to hear a parent of a special-needs child ask, ‘If God is good, then why would He allow my little one to be born with such a painful, debilitating condition?!’ This is why I am so enthusiastic about the new Beyond Suffering Bible – its commentaries, study guides, practical essays, and inspiring character profiles help these families see that they are not alone; that God cares, and that there truly are satisfying answers in God's Word. I highly recommend it to anyone whose life is touched by disability!”

– Dr. Robert Jeffress
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Dallas

“There’s a lot of pain in this world – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  Joni Eareckson Tada understands that hurt, and recognizes that a relationship with God offers the only answer to our suffering.  His Word is filled with hope and comfort.  Joni and her team have assembled a unique tool to help bring that hope to those who are hurting.”

– Jim Daly
President – Focus on the Family

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