Joni's Favorite Things

Everyone has favorites — books, places to visit, restaurants — and Joni's list is a fascinating collection which reflects her cheerful personality and passion for Jesus Christ. Try sampling a few of her suggestions and see what you think!


  • Teal Blue
  • Coral


  • Oil Painting
  • Travel
  • Reading


  • Yellow Roses
  • California Poppies
  • Hyacinths


  • Bewick's Wren
  • Titmouse
  • Goldfinches


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


  • Quarter Horses
  • Yellow Labrador Retrievers
  • California seals

Free Time

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


  • Scrabble
  • Backgammon
  • Balloon Volleyball


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

Places to Visit

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

Favorite National Parks

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Glacier National Park


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


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


  • 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


  • 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

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