50 Years Later: Joni Eareckson Tada’s Story

50 years ago this month, a perfectly healthy 17-year-old girl named Joni dove into the water and came back up paralyzed from the neck down. This tragic accident led to a lifetime of struggle for Joni Eareckson, but it also became something God has used to accomplish extraordinary things through her ministry to people affected by disability.

Today, Joni teaches from God’s Word all over the world. A living example of how Christ can redeem broken things, Joni says that her complete dependence on others has left her absolutely reliant on Jesus for all things. In a recent interview on Haven, she said:

“Everything we do down here on earth has a direct bearing with our capacity for joy and worship and service in Heaven … And I don’t want to waste my suffering. I don’t want to waste it. I want to work toward that heavenly goal, that heavenly prize, so I praise God for the wheelchair that keeps pushing me in that heavenly direction.”

Joni joined Charles Morris on a series called All Trials Great and Small, where you can listen in to hear about her journey as she reflects on the last 50 years of serving God from a wheelchair.

Songs of Suffering: 25 Hymns and Devotions for Weary Souls

As an author, speaker, and advocate for people with disabilities, Joni Eareckson Tada has inspired people around the world with her story of faith in the midst of suffering. In this beautiful collection of hymns and devotions she acts as a “song leader,” guiding readers through their own painful seasons with heartfelt praises to God.

Songs of Suffering includes 25 hymns with accompanying devotions and photography designed to spark hope in hardship. Opening with a special message from hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, this book is a source of comfort for anyone who needs biblical encouragement, prompting readers to seek refuge in the Lord and rejoice in his goodness.

  • A Beautifully Designed Book from Joni Eareckson Tada: Includes 25 hymns with sheet music, devotionals, and photography
  • An Uplifting Call to Worship: Emphasizes the Bible’s command to sing and leads readers in hope-filled praise
  • Comfort for the Hurting: Makes a thoughtful gift for friends or family dealing with pain, illness, or loss
  • Opens with a Message from Keith and Kristyn Getty: Read their reflections on worship and Joni Eareckson Tada’s inspiring ministry


  • Sr. Marion Abraham says:

    I would like to know more about Joni Erickson.

  • Kathy Gibson says:

    Would love to have a CD collection of Joni singing these, or other hymns.

  • Melissa Brummett says:

    I read your book as a young girl…I’ve been victimized for many years because of my privacy as a united states citizen being taken away as a toddler and now I’m pregnant. I’m 49 years old and am being abandoned on purpose. If you can find any websites or any books explaining my being able to carry an actual fetus for honestly six years please send me what you can. Please also read everything literally word for word. Love you. Thank you.

    • Corum says:

      Thank you for your comment, Melissa. We don’t have any information regarding retained abdominal pregnancies and believe it would be best for you to discuss with a medical professional. I’m also sorry to hear about your struggles. I pray the Lord will help and meet you where you are.

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