John 9:1-3

At the age of 11, Emily coauthored Chapter Four in Joni Eareckson Tada's Book: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith: Stories of Inspiration

Ephesians 1 :11 became very real to me. It says in The Living Bible,’Moreover,because of what Christ has done we have become gifts to God that he delights in, for as part of God’s sovereign plan we were chosen from the beginning to be his, and all things happen just as he decided long ago.’ I realize I’ve been chosen and God is going to do something special with my life, I have the hope of eternal life, and I can give that message to others I encounter. My handicapped body is only temporary and can be used by God to touch others’ lives while I am here on earth.
— Emily Shanahan Page52