- About Lilias
- About Us
- Biographer’s Blog
- Contact Us
“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–and how their talents merged over time and distance to create this inspiring hymn. Their lives and world travels come alive through the compelling words of Miriam Huffman Rockness and 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. Read this reader’s response to the book after recently purchasing it:
Who would have thought this lovely little book with its delightful stories and illustrations could be such a perfectly timed revelation and answer to prayer. I am so thankful for Miriam Rockness’s work. This book is a beautiful way to bring Lilias’ “Focussed” pamphlet into the hands of a Right-Now audience that so desperately needs it.