Her Heart Can See

Readers may recognize Fanny Crosby’s hymns, including “Blessed Assurance” and “I Am Thine, O Lord,” before they recognize her name. Hence the need for this biography.

Drawing on extensive research in primary and secondary materials, Edith Blumhofer—professor of history and director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College in Illinois and author of the fine biography Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody’s Sister (Eerdmans)—has reconstructed both the physical landscapes and the relational networks in which Crosby traveled. Blumhofer understands Crosby’s continuing impact as a token of her ubiquity during the 19th-century heyday of Protestant song, and she hopes to give the hymnwriter her due as a linchpin of popular Protestant musical culture.


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