Joni Eareckson Tada
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Lessons from Joni

Faith & Inspiration | What some persevering people in difficult situations taught me
by Jamie Dean
Posted 11/10/17, 04:13 pm

Our current cover story in WORLD features our 2017 Daniel of the Year: Joni Eareckson Tada. You can read more here about the remarkable life she’s led as a quadriplegic and disabilities advocate since her diving accident 50 years ago.

Earlier this year, I spent time shadowing Joni at church, work, and home. Here are a few takeaways from that experience:

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More than inspirational

Daniel of the Year | Joni Eareckson Tada’s half-century as a quadriplegic and a disabilities advocate is far more than a story of human endurance. It’s a Christ-exalting example of a courageous truth Christians don’t always embrace: ‘When I am weak, then I am strong’
by Jamie Dean
Posted 11/07/17, 09:20 pm

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.—In the midnight darkness of a Baltimore hospital in 1967, Joni Eareckson begged God to heal her. Weeks earlier, the 17-year-old girl had broken her neck after diving into unexpectedly shallow waters in the Chesapeake Bay.

The result: paralysis from the shoulders down.

The teenager endured grueling surgery and lay strapped onto a Stryker frame designed to allow nurses to turn patients with spinal cord injuries. Her weight dropped to 80 pounds. One friend sobbed at the sight.

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Joni Eareckson Tada on faith healing and marriage

Q&A
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/17/13, 01:05 pm

Here are a few more comments from Joni Eareckson Tada that we didn’t have room for in the magazine (see “Loving life” from the Jan. 12 issue and “Choosing to sing” from the Jan. 26 issue, as well as another online-only excerpt “Joni Eareckson Tada on words that hurt, actions that help” posted last Saturday).

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