Fanny Crosby is a musical legend in the church. Those who don’t know here name, are sure to at least know her music. Being the composer of numerous hymns, such as Blessed Assurance and I Am Thine O Lord. Most of her hymns I have fond memories of singing with my Dad during nursing home ministry. Though, I must admit, before reading ‘Fanny Crosby: The Girl Who Couldn’t See, But Helped The World To Sing‘ by Laura Caputo-Wickham, I wasn’t familiar with her story. This book is a gift, shining a light on an amazing woman from Christian history, and allowing us to share Fanny’s story with the next generation.
What I Love
I love that this book is sharing the story of someone who should be a household name. Many of us who grew up in church are familiar with Fanny’s hymns, though we may not know her story. Now we can learn from not only her lyrics, but her life. Fanny was blind throughout her life, and I think it’s important to note this. Many times in Christian circles, we overlook people with disabilities or seek to pray their disabilities away. However, people with disabilities have a place in the Kingdom and in our churches. Fanny’s story shows us this. And I love that Laura chose to highlight her, because it allows all of our littles to hear that they have a place in Kingdom work. I also love that through Fanny was blind, this book doesn’t solely focus on this. It focuses on her work. Her disability yes, was a part of her identity, but not the entirety of who she was. She was an accomplished composer responsible for offering the hope of Jesus to the thousands through her music.
What My Kids Loved
We love a good picture book biography over here, and this series is 100% stamped with approval from my kids. They love learning about trailblazing women who have come before them. And I love that they gain role models in faith through this series. All of my kids love to sing, so it was fun listening to Fanny’s music on Spotify after we read the book.
The Good Book Company also has worksheets to pair with this book, making a perfect companion for any homeschool family. We used the sheets for ages 4-7 and it helped us talk more about Fanny and the incredible life and ministry she had.
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Fanny Crosby is also on our list of 15 Christians to Teach Your Kids About. Check it out for more inspiring stories, and let me know who you would add to the list.