Joni Eareckson Tada

The Girl Who Learned to Follow God in a Wheelchair

By Kristyn Getty, illustrated by Hsulynn Pang

Children's biography of Joni Eareckson Tada: an inspirational example of trusting God and loving others even when life brings great challenges.

Part of the Do Great Things For God series.

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In this beautifully illustrated hardback, Kristyn Getty recounts Joni Eareckson Tada’s lively childhood, life-changing accident and challenging adjustment to a very different way of life, and shares how God has used her in amazing ways to bless others. 

Children will hear how, when a terrible diving accident left her severely disabled, Joni was left with a lot of questions about God. It was easy to trust him when she was healthy and happy, but did she want to follow him now that life was so hard? 

As young ones discover how God cared for Joni and how Joni held on to her faith and used her circumstances to love others, they'll be inspired about the great things they can do for God. And they’ll be encouraged to be a friend to those with disabilities or in hard situations.

As well as being an award-winning hymn writer and a mother of four, Kristyn writes as a good friend of Joni, bringing a personal touch to the story.

This book is part of a series designed to show kids how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Download free extras, such as worksheets, to help children interact with the true story and think of ways in which they can also follow God and encourage his people today.

These stories can be read to young children or enjoyed independently by early readers. The free extras make these stories useful for Sunday school, missions events and more.

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Age range: 4+
Contributors Kristyn Getty, Hsulynn Pang
ISBN 9781802540673
Format Hardback
First published August 2024
Dimensions 195mm x 240mm x 11mm
Weight 0.35 kg
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company

Andrew Peterson

acclaimed singer/songwriter and author of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga

Joni’s story is amazing, and Kristyn tells it beautifully, without shying away from the painful parts. But even more amazing is the way Joni’s story so joyfully points us to Jesus.

Anne Graham Lotz

Author of Just Give Me Jesus

Joni Eareckson Tada shows us by her example that the path to our destiny, or the path of a loved one to theirs, may lead through suffering. In this simple children’s book, Kristyn Getty has underscored faith in and friendship with Jesus as essential if we want to come through the worst of times with blessings for ourselves – and for others.

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