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A Passion for the Impossible
This is the story of the woman whose life of faith and devotion inspired the hymn "Turn your Eyes Upon Jesus". Although art critic John Ruskin enthusiastically proclaimed Lilas Trotter's potential as one of the best artists of the nineteenth century, her devotion to Christ compelled her to abandon the life of art, privilege and leisure she could have enjoyed.
Without knowing the language and without the sponsorship of any organization, Lilias left her London home of comfort for a modest dwelling in Algeria, where her love of literature and art became dynamic tools for evangelism, and where her compassionate heart captured the hearts of the people. For forty years, despite frail health and many obstacles, Lilias devoted herself to missionary service among the people of Algeria through her lifestyle of love and encouragement.
"(Christians') works do follow them." wrote Lilias. In writing of this truth, she prophetically supplied a perspective of her own legacy--and the legacy of all who invest in the kingdom of God.
"I am astounded by...the beautiful expression of who Lilias was and what her legacy teaches us. I couldn't put (the book) down, as they say, and I read it--devoured it--carefully, gladly, and with great blessing...a "drop everything book"! --Elisabeth Elliot, author and speaker.
"Miriam Rockness (has done) a painstakingly superb job of researching original documents. Her book is (filled) with quotes that will challenge the reader's faith and obedience to God...a fresh look at another one of England's distinguished missionary pioneers..." --Jim Reapsome, review for Evangelical Missions Quarterly
An amazing, thoroughly engaging book about an inspirational woman. I just love the way Lilias Trotter could see the smallest thing and yet appreciate a great Christian insight from... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maria Herman
Ms. Trotter is totally fascinating. It's almost inconceivable what 3 women who were turned down from mission boards were able to do in Algiers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phoenix
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was excellent and the life of this woman was truly inspiring.Published 5 months ago by Aneita Allen
The story of an outstanding Victorian woman artist who turned her back on a life of ease and fame in London to devote herself to the people of Algeria for the sake of Jesus Christ. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Buerer
It is excellent and was just what it was expected to be, so that's why we rated it with 5 stars.Published 20 months ago by Philip W. Blycker
Lilias Trotter's biography, A Passion for the Impossible, is a frequently-given gift. The story is compelling and her life is inspirating.Published on May 14, 2013 by Karen Schmidt
Miriam Rockness has discovered the 19th century missionary to Algeria, Lilias Trotter - here letters, her religious curriculum and her paintings and drawings. Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Roberta Hope
Inspiring for those with limitations of time, health, energy: the Lord multiplies gifts given to Him. Of this there are so many examples in this book.Published on April 9, 2013 by Lucinda S. Jackson
I gave this book 5 stars because it really succeeds in taking great research into Trotter's life and writings and turning it into a really intimate portrait of this less-well known... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Joy