A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter

by Mariam Huffman Rockness Author

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 Lilias 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.


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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
5th - 12th
Geographical Setting
Algeria, England
Historical Setting
1853 - 1928
Discovery House Publishers


  • 1 Devonshire Place
  • 2 April Days of Childhood
  • 3 A Soul into Blossom
  • 4 A New World: The Journey Inward
  • 5 Beyond Oneself: The Journey Outward
  • 6 An Old Porcelain Maker, A Bit of Clay
  • 7 Lily's Choice
  • 8 A Grand Independence of Soul
  • 9 Fool's Errand: Knocking Heads Against Stone Walls
  • 10 Open Doors, Open Hearts: Algiers and Beyond
  • 11 Beyond the Skyline Where the Strange Roads Go
  • 12 England Interlude: A Scent of Spring
  • 13 Storm Clouds and Star Gleams
  • 14 Trained Faith: Falling Full Weight on God
  • 15 Closed Windows, Open Doors
  • 16 Wandering Bees
  • 17 Springtime of Liberty
  • 18 Early Buds and North Winds
  • 19 South Winds Blowing
  • 20 Sweet Holy Change
  • 21 Old Things to New
  • 22 Launching Out Afresh
  • 23 The Poetry of God's Ways
  • 24 With All Our Helplessness
  • 25 Home
  • 26 Lily's Legacy

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