Fanny Crosby: The Girl Who Couldn’t See But Helped The World To Sing is a lovely children’s book, looking at the life of Fanny Crosby, who lost her sight when she was only 6 weeks old, and led an inspiring life. A life of using what some would see as a disability, to enhance her abilities.
The loss of her sight meant her other senses were used more, especially her ability to listen, which when coupled with a creative gift of writing poetry and verse, led her to become one of the most prolific and inspired writer of hymns. Many are still used in churches around the world today.
When asked, she guessed that she had written over 5,000 hymns through her life, but in reality it was probably double that by the time she died in 1915, aged 95.
This is a lovely book, sweetly illustrated by Jess Rose, a part of the “Do Great Things for God” series that includes biographies of many inspiring people through history, a great resource for children.
I received an advance complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no pressure to provide a favourable review.