Joni's Corner

Encouragement, insights, and personal updates from Joni. 

Welcome to my corner! Every week on my Diamonds in the Dust video series I am highlighting a special lesson from God's Word that has helped me live in my wheelchair for more than five decades...with a smile! As Joni and Friends celebrates 40 years of ministry, it’s my heart’s desire is to pass along these shortyet deep little lessons in hopes that the insights will inspire you to follow Jesus willingly and gladly down whatever road is ahead.

Encouragement and News

Doing a Report About Joni?

Read Joni's biography or learn about some of her favorite things.

Joni's Interests



  • Teal Blue 
  • Coral 


  • Lindy Eareckson's Maryland crab cakes 
  • Ken Tada's barbecued tri-tip 
  • Any kind of fresh fruit salad 


  • Chariots of Fire 
  • Miss Potter 
  • The Blind Side 
  • The Sound of Music 
  • Pride and Prejudice 


  • My husband, Ken 
  • Charles Krauthammer 
  • Steve Estes 
  • Elisabeth Elliot 


  • Speaking at the 1989 Billy Graham Crusade in Budapest, Hungary 
  • Filming the Joni movie 
  • Visiting the Pool of Bethesda in the old city of Jerusalem
Plants and Animals


  • Yellow Roses 
  • California Poppies 
  • Hyacinths 


  • Bewick's Wren 
  • Titmouse 
  • Goldfinches 


  • Quarter Horses 
  • Yellow Labrador Retrievers 
  • California seals 


  • Oil Painting 
  • Travel 
  • Reading 

Free Time 

  • 4:00 Tea 
  • Sunday lunch in my church's rose garden 
  • Enjoying my backyard after work 


  • Scrabble 
  • Backgammon 
  • Balloon Volleyball 

Places to Visit 

  • The Holy Land 
  • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 
  • Devon, England 

National Parks 

  • Yosemite National Park 
  • Glacier National Park 


  • The Lincoln Memorial 
  • Mt. Rushmore 
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 


  • The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas 
  • The Reagan Library 
  • National Air and Space Museum 
  • The Art Institute of Chicago Museum 
  • Imperial War Museum in London 

Inspirational Books 

  • Crazy Love by Francis Chan 
    Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris 
    The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett 

History Books 

  • Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose 
  • Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President by Allen C. Guelzo 
  • John Adams by David McCullough 

Children's Books 

  • Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James 
  • Runaway Home by Elizabeth Coatsworth and Mabel O'Donnell 
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson 

Biographical Books 

  • A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot 
  • George Muller of Bristol by Arthur T. Pierson 

Theology Books 

  • The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World by Dr. John Piper and Justin Taylor 
  • Studies in Theology by Loraine Boettner 

Disability Books 

  • The Long Good Night: My Father's Journey into Alzheimer's by Daphne Simpkins 
  • Blame it on the Brain: Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience by Dr. Edward Welch 
  • Depression: A Stubborn Darkness by Dr. Edward Welch      
  • Same Lake, Different Boat by Stephanie Hubach                    

Spend time with me, and I'll have you singing along on a hymn – I love the words to the old hymns! When I was first injured and laying in my hospital bed in the dark, I would chase away fear by softly singing my favorites. God used the timeless words of those beautiful hymns to lift my spirits and draw me close to Him. So click on a couple I’ve posted here and sing along!

You can download all the hymns in a single PDF: Joni's Favorite Hymns

Share Your Story

One of the best things about Joni and Friends is the "and Friends." That's you! Over the past 40 years of ministry, we’ve built a marvelous network of servants and leaders from around the world who desire to share the hope of Christ to a skeptical world. When we share our hearts, burdens are lifted and joy is multiplied – thank you for telling me about the Lord's work in your life! Some of what you share may end up being a part of one of our radio programs. Thank you for encouraging me and others with your story!