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Joni Eareckson Tada (MacKenzie)

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Joni Eareckson Tada is a Christian author, speaker and artist whose life was turned upside down at the age of seventeen when a serious diving accident meant she was paralysed from the shoulders down. This short biography tells the story of what happened on that fateful day, and in the days and years that followed.

Catherine MacKenzie skilfully shows how Joni’s story is a story of God’s goodness in the face of extreme suffering. Her testimony is one that has encouraged and moved people around the world. Read it here and see how the God of love is working for the good of those who love him, even in the most challenging circumstances.


When a sterling biography meets the reader, it’s the start of a wider, lifelong conversation—about times, people, and things that matter. It opens a window on a world we do well to know better. Over many years, Christian Focus has crafted a special tradition for books about men and women of faith. They teach, inspire, and inform—in ways that enrich, and lend meaning. So with this book, about Joni Eareckson Tada, insightfully written by Catherine Mackenzie. To turn its pages is to find the story of a remarkable woman—whose courage, amid great challenges and adversity, was born of deep Christian belief—a story that has touched the lives of millions around the world. This is a book to take up and read—and return to—with gratitude for the journey. -Kevin Belmonte, Historian; Author, ‘Beacon–Light: The Life of William Borden (1887–1913)’

Christian Focus Publication’s Hall of Faith biographies … are highly accessible through their abbreviated length and engaging style. They will doubtless whet the appetite of many readers to learn more about these noteworthy Christians. -Vance Christie, Pastor and author specialising in missionary biographi

About the Author

Catherine MacKenzie comes from Scotland and has written several biographies for young teens in the Trailblazers series as well as other titles for younger children. She is Editor for Christian Focus’ children’s imprint, CF4Kids.