Lily Trotter


If you’ve never heard of Lilias Trotter, here is a lovely little introduction which you can share with your kids. Lily, the Girl Who Could See  is beautifully illustrated by Tim Ladwig and sweetly told by Sally Oxley & Tim Ladwig. It is the story of the Victorian English woman, student of the great artist John Ruskin,  who chose to give her life ministering in Algeria and North Africa rather than follow Ruskin’s encouragement to become a famous artist. And of course, if you have heard of Lilias Trotter, you will definitely want to get this book, even if you don’t have children.

Then go ahead and find out more about this impressive lady, and order A Blossom in the Desert by Miriam Huffman. This book includes some of Trotter’s lovely sketches and paintings, as well as samples of her writing from her diaries and journals. From there you may as well go whole hog and order her biography,  A Passion for the Impossible, by Miriam Huffman Rockness, because Lilias Trotter is a woman worth knowing.

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7 thoughts on “Lily Trotter

  1. There is also a documentary about her life called ‘Many Beautiful Things’ (starring Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey for the voice of Lilias) that is supposed to have a limited theater release followed by a DVD release.
    Her story is such a wonderful reminder of the true beauty there is in giving up everything to follow Christ!

  2. They are now in my library queue. Thank you for the recommendation! Speaking of recommendations~ do any of the femina ladies have any music recommendations. I am looking for something to replace the pop/country/typical radio station fare available these days that jive but don’t make a mother cringe if she hears her children singing the songs in the backseat. 😉

  3. Hi Nancy,
    My husband just gave me your newest book, Virtuous, for my birthday. I have already been helped by it and I know I will read it again and again. Thank you!
    Blessings to you.

  4. My Lilias is almost 2 (named after this woman), I am looking forward to giving her this book to read when she is older

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