Monday, August 9, 2010

A Passion for the Impossible by Miriam Rockness

Rockness has written an engaging book on the life of Lilias Trotter.  Trotter was an accomplished artist yet gave up a career in art to follow the call of Christ.  She left England in 1888 and traveled to Algiers.  Except for times of recuperation (she had heart problems), Trotter would spend the rest of her life bringing the gospel to the Algerians.  She was respected and well loved by those for whom she labored.
Much of this book is based on Trotter's diary and other writings.  Trotter saw events, flowers and animals as object lessons about God, His character and His work.  She wrote a number of books and booklets, now mostly out of print. 
An Appendix gives selections from Trotter's writings.  A suggestion from one, titled Focussed, gives an idea of the depth of Trotter's work.  "Dare to lay bare your whole life and being before Him, and ask Him to show you whether or not all is focussed on Christ and His glory."  (332-3)  Such was the commitment of her own life.
I highly recommend this inspirational biography of a life committed to the service of Christ.

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