"Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus," one of the most beloved songs of the nineteenth century, has endured to this day. Some know that Helen Lemmel (1863-1961) felt inspired to write this song after reading a leaflet shared by a missionary friend. Fewer know that this pamphlet, "Focussed," had been penned by Lilias Trotter (1853-1928) two decades earlier and a continent away—and inspired by a dandelion.
This is the story of these two remarkable women-a musician and an artist, both able writers. How their talents merged over time and distance to create this inspiring hymn. Their lives and world travels come alive through the stunning paintings of award-winning children's illustrator Tim Ladwig. You'll also find the full text of "Focussed"-the text that inspired the song.
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus: A Story and a Song is a lovely gift book for children or adults-those who already love the song and more.
Artist Tim Ladwig is the award-winning illustrator of children’s books including Lily: The Girl Who Could See.
Author Miriam Huffman Rockness is the author of A Passion for the Impossible, the definitive biography of Lilias Trotter.