Joel Sonnenberg

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Joel Sonnenberg
Born 1977
Occupation Motivational speaker

Joel Sonnenberg (born November 1977) is a Christian motivational speaker. He is a graduate of Taylor University as well as Columbia International University's seminary program.

On September 15, 1979, when Sonnenberg was 22 months old, he was involved in a devastating accident that left him with burns over 85% of his body. Sonnenberg was burned after a tractor trailer crashed into the car he was in, resulting in the rupturing of its fuel tank. Sonnenberg was rescued from the burning car by a stranger. The tissue damage suffered included the loss of the fingers on his right hand, his left hand entirely, his ears, and damage to his skull.[1]

After recovering from the burn injuries, Sonnenberg became an active international speaking minister, with particular interest in persons with disabilities.

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  1. ^ Ramer, Holly (August 23, 1998). "Burned Baby Now a 'Diamond of Sparkling Beauty' as Adult". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 

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