Review: Finding Anna
Author: Christine Schaub
Series: Music of the Heart
A powerful historical drama based on the story behind the hymn ‘It Is Well With My Soul.’ “Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say; It is well, it is well with my soul….” How can a man who has lost so much write such words? After suffering enormous losses in the Chicago fire of 1871, and terrific strain in his marriage afterward, Horatio Spafford plans a European holiday with his wife and four little girls. But before they can board the SS Ville du Havre in New York, Spafford receives a telegram that will delay his crossing and change his life forever. When tragedy brings him to his knees, Spafford writes a poem on the back of a telegram–words that have become a hymn of hope for millions facing sorrow.
Where to begin with a novel like this…
The Story of Horatio Gates Spafford, the writer of one of the most loved hymns in America, “It Is Well With My Soul” (When Peace Like a River).
The book begins with the great Chicago Fire. Gates (as he is referred to in the book) and his wife Anna and their four daughters work to pick their lives back up. Not long after Gates puts his wife and daughters set for Europe.
A few days into the journey their ship gets struck by a bigger one. Only Anna survives.
From these tragedies comes a well known and loved Hymn, one written during an hour of anguish and pain.
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