One of the first books I remember seeing in my house growing up was simply titled Joni. This is the autobiographical story of a girl who after becoming a paraplegic at age 17, wallowed in self-despair at the life she thought she lost. But, through Christ, she came to believe that her life had actually been given to her.
I remember seeing paintings in the back of that book and learning that she had painted them -- with her teeth. And I’ve heard that hymn sings with Joni not only happen frequently at the Joni and Friends headquarters, but are a highlight of other national meetings.
But the most impressive part of this new life God gave Joni decades ago has been her tireless advocacy for the disabled. Her Christian Institute on Disability is protecting the most vulnerable at a time when eugenics has returned. Joni recently received the Colson Center’s Wilberforce Award from Chuck Colson, and our interview with her aired over the weekend on Breakpoint this Week. You can hear the interview at www.breakpoint.org. I’m John Stonestreet.