In 1888, Lilias Trotter, daughter of a distinguished Victorian family, left her comfortable upper-class lifestyle in London to venture into the Arab world of Algeria and Northern Africa, where she spent the rest of her life living out the life and light and love of Jesus Christ to those around her. Lilias viewed the world with "heartsight as deep as eyesight", and her artistic talent took both visual and verbal form as she documented in words and sketches the seasons of her forty years in Algeria.
The exquisite paintings and deeply inspirational writings in A Blossom in the Desert are drawn from the extensive body of work Lilias Trotter left: devotional books and leaflets, journals and letters, and thirty astonishingly beautiful page-a-day diaries. Lilias believed God has two textbooks--Scripture and Creation--and she studied both. Day by day, decade upon decade, through the seasons of her life, Lilias recorded in watercolors and words her observations filtered through her heavenly vision: God working out His purposes on a land and in a people.
"Lilias painted and wrote in obscurity with no concern for fame or recognition. Yet there is no doubt that she would welcome the reader to 'come and look' at her writings and watercolors--with 'heartsight' as well as 'eyesight.' A Blossom in the Desert introduces to you the vision--visible and invisible--of the remarkable Lilias Trotter! Come. Look. See!"
-from the Introduction by Miriam Huffman Rockness
This book is full of beautiful artwork from Lilias Trotter and also lots of encouraging scripture. She shares her love of nature on every page. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ensele Family
This well-heeled London lady left her comfort zone to minister to the people of Algeria. Bits of her diary and pictures she beautifully watercolored are rare glimpses of her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elsie MacKenzie
This is my very first post, so you know it took something for me to do it. But this book deserves all 5 stars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Simmons
The author did a fantastic job of compiling the writings and paintings of Lillian Trotter. So beautifully laid out, and the combination of the paintings, scripture and devotional... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Colleen M Yim
I love giving this book as a gift of encouragement. What God has revealed to her uniquely comes out in both her written thoughts and her gifted artistic talent.Published 5 months ago by DJ
A Blossom in the Desert needs to be read each day. These short and powerful messages are food for our souls and should be pondered upon while enjoying the lovely art.Published 6 months ago by Jacqueline King
This is a beautiful book. The illustrations are amazing. Would be great as a coffee table book or daily devotional. I plan to buy more as gifts to special friends.Published 7 months ago by Joanna Lee
Along with the inspirational devotionals it is vividly inspiring. If you are a lover of art you will love this devotional!Published 9 months ago by Susan B.
I ordered 3 of these books for gifts. I have enjoyed the book and wished to share it with friends. However, 2 of the 3 copies, which were new, were bent at the edge - I think due... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Susan Snyder