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Fanny Crosby Still Lives is a new biography of the blind 19th century hymn writer, Frances J. ("Fanny") Crosby (1820-1915), who wrote over 8,000 hymns (including "Blessed Assurance" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus"). In addition to her hectic hymn writing and teaching career, and despite being a woman, and blind, Fanny personally championed the cause of the desperate and needy in her local area (New York City and Bridgeport, CT), as well as advising presidents and political leaders and travelling all over the country. Darlene Neptune tells this moving story from her unique vantage point of performing and singing on stage as Fanny.
Journey into the extraordinary life and times of nineteenth-century writer Fanny Crosby, the prolific author of thousands of well-loved American hymns. Blinded at the age of three weeks by medication that was too strong, Fannydetermined at an early age to share her faith and the joy of her conversion with everyone she met--and eventually sharing them with the millions of Christians who still sing her sacred words in such familiar titles as Safe in the Arms of Jesus, Praise Him, Praise Him, Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour, Near the Cross, and Blessed Assurance.This novelized biography of wife, mother, renowned poet, and social activist is an inspiring example of one womani s personal triumph over heartbreak. The reader is swept back in time through many diary excerpts and anecdotes. Raisedby a loving mother and grandmother, Fanny, with her remarkable memory, burning desire for an education, and early compassion for the homeless and handicapped, is here introduced to the reader. This sensitivity would eventually endear her to many influential friends and advisors, and even some American presidents. She prayed that God would use her music to help others see His grace and goodness. A devoted, outspoken advocate for the needy of NewYork City, she was the first woman to lobby Congress for schools for the blind at a time when formal education was rare. The book contains many of Fanny's familiar lyrics and poems, written under more than 100 pseudonyms, and thestories behind them.
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