We sang one of her hymns this past week at church!
I am excited about the book because I love many things I’ve read/sung by her, but have never gotten to read about her specifically.
I love that she didn’t give up on life. She had a hard childhood, but overcame and lived and loved life.
Take My Life and Let it Be is such a beautiful song. Would definitely love to read a bio on her.
Um, this giveaway link says ‘Hannah Moore by Sarah Allen’. It does do the Frances Havergal, right?
Sigh, I now have the song stuck in my head. Worse things could happen.
Love this song! Would be happy to win this book to share with my daughter!
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I’d like to thank Christian Focus Publications for giving me a copy of Frances Ridley Havergal by Lucille Travis in return for my honest review.
Frances Ridley Havergal: The Girl Who Loved Mountains by Lucille Travis (Christian Focus 4 Kids, 2014) is a new addition to the 48-book Trailblazers series. Our family loves these narrative Christian biographies for children ages 8-14.
While many of the people written about in the Trailblazers series lived historically pivotal lives of outsized faith, Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879) lived a quiet life. She was a poet, hymnist and children’s author with an affinity for sharing the gospel. Though Havergal struggled with the gospel as a child, once committed to Christ, she spent her life telling others about her Savior.
Frances Ridley Havergal lost her mother at an early age, then contracted a terrible skin disease. She lived, but spent the remainder of her life plagued with poor health, fevers, and serious bouts of illness. She never married, but spent time with her sisters and their families, traveled to the mountains in Switzerland a number of times, and wrote. Much of her work was published after her death at the age of 42.
Frances was convinced of God’s sovereign hand on her life, and she felt her illness was no surprise to Him. Lucille Travis does a wonderful job conveying this truth in the book. Though Frances was frustrated by the need to rest (both to avoid acute illness and in the face of her frequent illness), she saw God’s hand even in this. She submitted to him in illness and in health. I found that inspiring. When healthy, she persisted in working for the Lord, though it would likely have been easier to resign herself to an inactive life. I also found her cheerful evangelism and loving care of all she met inspiring. I personally was touched by the story.
Frances Ridley Havergal is a wonderful story of a young lady committed to serving God with the gifts He gave her, in the strength He provided. It’s a worthwhile addition to the Trailblazers line.
I found a nice version of one of Havergal’s best known hymns Take My Life and Let It Be:
Frances Ridley Havergal: The Girl Who Loved Mountains would coordinate well with studies involving
The 19th Century
Perseverance in Illness and Suffering
Writing as a Vocation
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