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Holly Strother

A God-given smile

Holly Strother proves that His strength is perfect

In 1983, my wife Donya and I welcomed our second of three daughters into the world. We also officially became the parents of a disabled child. What we didn’t know, but would spend the next twenty-plus years learning, is that we had also become the parents of one of God’s truly beautiful people.

Equipped with an unquenchable thirst for life and an incredible, buoyant faith in God, Holly has proven that God’s ability is greater than our disabilities and his strength is perfected in our weakness.

Holly’s Hero Joni Eareckson Tada features Holly in her television series

In 2008, Joni and Friends ministry launched a television series. The 21st episode of season one featured my daughter, Holly Strother. Holly’s story of courage, perseverance and faith has been an inspiration to thousands.

Below is a link to the web page where the video can be found, along with the JAF description of the video. If you know a family or individual dealing with a disability of some sort, I encourage you to share Holly’s story with them.


Holly’s Heart | Joni and FriendsSelf image and self confidence are issues that everyone wrestles with, especially in a culture that puts great value on physical perfection. So how does Holly Strother respond? Born with spina bifida, she lives with an imperfect body. Yet this engaging young woman chooses to embrace God’s unique design for her.

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By Gene

I am a lover, a fighter, and a midnight writer. I love football, hamburgers, and philosophical inquiries. I love Jesus more than any of that. I love my wife, my daughters, my grandson, and my English Setters, Huck and Finn. I also love Huck Finn...and other seminal characters in American literature. Like Gus McCrae. I love the English language. I love to dive into the wonders of its depth and splash around in the shallow end where colloquialisms and slang rule and reign.
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