People Who Inspire Joni: Steve Estes

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 12, 2018
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Steve Estes

I can honestly say, I don't know where I would be were it not for this gentle, good man, Steve Estes. I met him when I was fresh out of the hospital, just 19 years old, struggling against depression and searching for answers in God's Word. Steve was only a teenager at the time, but he loved Jesus Christ and possessed a remarkable depth of knowledge about the Bible. Every Thursday night, until Steve went away to college, this young man poured over the Scriptures with me, helping me to grasp the comfort behind the doctrine of God's sovereignty.

Many years later, Steve would marry, have children and grandchildren, and would become a well-respected pastor and Bible teacher. He also earned two master's degrees, one in theology, and the other, divinity studies. Twenty years ago, Steve and I co-authored a book called When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty – it's not an easy read, but it gives a clear presentation how our sufferings are intimately connected with the suffering of Christ (and vice versa :-). If you're looking for a deep, thorough read on the sovereignty of God, When God Weeps is for you!


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I so love this book! I have read it many times and reread it at least once a year. It gives me a touch of insight into the awesome greatness of God and how he so loves us and orders our lives. I always come away with a new perspective on suffering. I have had very small amount of suffering compared to others, but before I leave this world I'm sure I will be more acquainted. Aside from my Bible, this is my favorite book.
  • April 17, 2018
  • 6:51 a.m.
  • Kim