Before we started Term 2 of YR5 I heard from several people that the Biography option A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter was incredibly dry and uninteresting. I had never heard the name before and had no opinion of her book except that the pictures of her were lovely and my daughter seemed excited about starting it. The alternative for the year was a bio on Beatrix Potter - an easy out for sure. Additionally, a trusted friend recommended John Paton's autobiography as another option.
But loving AO's book selection as I do and seeing that it was my
A lot of the beginning of the book, as with most biographies, is introductory information about her family, Victorian London, the architecture, the banking industry where her Father worked, etc.. I think prefacing the book by telling them this is how it begins will go a long way in helping them saddle their expectations about it.
What I have found of most value so far are her choices in light of her privileged station in life. She had it all - a good name, money, education, an offer from John Ruskin to make her one of the greatest artists of her time. Even though we are all far removed from Lilias in many ways, the grappling she experienced between her own will on the one hand and the Lord's will on the other is something familiar to all Christians. It is our walk.
She is the wild rose she talks of here; as are you and I in our Christian walk:
Look at the expression of abandonment about this wildrose calyx as time goes on, and it begins to grow towards the end for which it has had to count all things but loss: the look of dumb emptiness has gone - it has flung back joyously now, for simultaneous with the new dying a richer life has begun to work at its heart. ~Parables of the Cross
Have we learned the buttercup's lesson yet? Are our hands off the very blossom of our life? Are all things - even the treasures that [God] has sanctified - held loosely, ready to be parted with, without a struggle, when He asks for them? ~Parables of the Cross
This is a woman who knew about beauty, about living passionately; a woman who knew wholehearted surrender. This is a woman I am very pleased to introduce my daughter to. A woman who chose to save her life in the truest sense of the word.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. ~Mark 8:35