Yeah, go ahead and sit down Joni Eareckson Tada

When I was growing up, Joni Eareckson Tada‘s book was always around as an inspiration to us all that handicaps didn’t mean you couldn’t serve god.

In school, we were bombarded by stories of Helen Keller, but never told about her atheism or communism. Keller stories of the miraculous overcoming nature’s woes were round pegs forced in circular holes.

Well, those stories cannot be matched by current stories of great handicapped, non-Christians who have overcome their handicaps. How about this one (below) that makes Joni’s paintings look like a five-year old’s finger paintings.

41-year-old Huang Guofu, from Chongqing, China, has learned to master the paintbrush with his mouth and right foot, after he lost both his hands in a childhood accident.

Huang Guofu lost his arms in terrible electric shock accident, at the tender age of four, but that didn’t stop him from following his dreams, and at age 12 he began painting with his feet. The talented artist remembers that in the beginning, his artworks didn’t look at all like what he intended to paint, but as the years went by his skills improved considerably. Huang quit his studies when he was 18, as his father was very ill and he needed to make money for his treatments. He started travelling to other Chinese cities, creating beautiful paintings on the side of streets and selling them to passers-by.

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7 thoughts on “Yeah, go ahead and sit down Joni Eareckson Tada

  1. I’m an agnostic borderline atheist, working for an overtly religious Christian organization for blind children in China. The name Joni E popped up in today’s work mail and my Google Search led me to your blog. Huang Guofu is so awesome! And thanks for letting me know that Helen Keller was an atheist!

    1. Thanks for your response and happy that you found this blog through this round about way.

      I quickly browsed your blogs, and it appears we might have a bit in common. I might not post enough about food, but food for the mind mixed with a whole lot of silly is my modus operandi.

      Hope you have a great day!

  2. Don’t knock Joni Eareckson Tada for acknowledging her faith through her artwork. Just because you personally don’t believe in God doesn’t mean that you have to put down those that do believe. And why would an agnostic/borderline atheist work for a Christian organization? I’m not going to judge someone that does because I hope they come to faith in Christ which is a free gift for anyone, but obviously that seed of God has been planted in that person’s life that commented previously on this post. The fact that you mention other people’s faith and discount their beliefs is evidence that you are dogmatic about faith. If you’re so interested in the fact and are dumbfounded why people even do have faith in Jesus, I dare you to take a pledge to just listen to Christian testimonies of how people come to Christ. Most of them have a common thread and it’s that they were searching for the truth. If you are searching for the truth, please read this quotation from C.S. Lewis, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

    1. Hi Hunter,

      I have listened to those testimonies. Thanks for trying. Christ’s message is not a good one. It’s not even a relatively good one. The so called “gospel” is like saying a cancer diagnosis is positive.

      This response of yours is missing the point.

      Thanks for trying!


  3. Jeremy,

    I know I haven’t replied in almost a year since my last post, but this blog is basically singles out Joni Eareckson Tada’s artwork and adds insult to injury by comparing her artwork to that of a five-year-old’s finger paintings. Huang Guofu looks like a gifted man that overcame his impairment with amazing artwork to show for it.

    My response simply does not miss the point because I recognized that you knock both Joni Eareckson Tada as a Christian and her artwork. I may have went off on a limb talking about other comments on this page in reference to the “agnostic, borderline atheist” working for a Christian organization above.

    Obviously if you believe Christ’s message is “not a good one” then I’m sure you may have misinterpreted the Gospel(s). The word gospel in Greek translates as “good news.” Christ’s message is good news! Jesus literally sacrificing himself and taking upon himself the judgement of the whole world for the salvation of sinners is good news.

    I used to not believe in Jesus or the gospel, and I was even raised in a church that preached such things. I didn’t even believe the Holy Spirit could’ve impregnated a virgin. I thought to myself, “WHAT! That’s not possible.” However, God opened up my eyes to the truth that is Jesus, and what he truly did 2000 years ago on a cross alongside two thieves.

    I’ll keep trying as long as I’m alive Jeremy,


    1. Hi Hunter,

      I’m fully aware that “gospel” means “good news”. I was brought up in the church. It was pounded into my head.

      The problem is that — while i understand that you and many people think Jesus is a positive — I see him as a negative. His effort was so mismanaged.

      His whole purpose was to bridge the gap that was widened as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin … the sin of disobedience. Disobedience caused separation from God? How pathetic is that.

      And the best God could come up with was sending himself to earth and telling everyone that following Jesus wouldn’t do anything more than help you live eternally. It wouldn’t cure your cancer. It wouldn’t cure hunger of so many starving children. It wouldn’t grow your limb if you were born without. People claim that Jesus healed the sick and fed the hungry, but that would have been 2000 years ago. Now, he does nothing. Absolutely nothing.

      The secular world takes its best care of the world. It provides health care, and respite for the weary. It’s modern science that helps the weak. It took 2000 years for us to live in a world that Jesus should have miraculously gave us way back when.

      Everything he promises ( is empty, useless and if you think that’s good news, your bar for “goodness” is set way too low.

      Good luck with your low bar.


    2. Hi Hunter,

      A spam filter in my email revealed requests from you to remove these comments.

      I’ve replied to them, but I keep getting the emails returned undeliverable.

      I’m hoping you can shed some light as to why you would like them removed. I need reasons.

      I mean, I don’t believe anything you’ve written above falls out of line with Christian belief or testimony. You make an identifiably Christian argument. Just go with it.

      Drop a line and I’ll weigh in whether it’s appropriate to delete them or not. I’m leaning toward keeping them. Besides, I was taught back in my evangelical Christian elementary school that Galatians 6: 7-8 applies to stuff like this. I think it’s bigger if you wanted to keep it.



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