Anne Bradstreet Pilgrim and PoetISBN: 9780852347140
'I, starting up, the light did spy,
And to my God my heart did cry …
And when I could no longer look,
I blest His name that gave and took.'
Sailing to the New World at the age of eighteen, Anne Bradstreet was one of the first Puritan refugees to leave the shores of Britain. In search of freedom to worship without persecution, she struggled with chronic illness as she raised a family in the harsh environment faced by the early settlers.
A gifted writer, Anne frequently recorded her experiences in poetry. When a collection of her poems were printed in London in 1650, she became the first published poet in America. World recognition was followed by catastrophe when her house burnt down, an event she describes in what has become her most famous poem.
FAITH COOK'S classic biography traces Anne's early years through to her life in America and reveals a believer who lived-out an authentic faith in the face of the gritty realities of everyday life.
Faith Cook, the daughter of OMF missionaries, was born in China and now lives in Derbyshire, England. She is the author of a number of books, including Fearless Pilgrim - the life and times of John Bunyan; Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-day Queen of England; Our Hymn-Writers and their Hymns; Seeing the Invisible; Lives Turned Upside Down and two historical novels, Under the Scaffold and Caught in the Web, all published by EP.
"Faith Cook's biography of Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) is moving, delightful, God-glorifying, and packed with heavenly piety. In it, Bradstreet, America's first published poet, declares that she wrote not 'to show my skill, but to declare the truth, not to set forth myself, but the glory of God'. She exemplifies how a godly woman can balance standing in the limelight through poetry and politics, while raising eight children and battling illness, all the while maintaining a biblical posture of submission and humility. This stirring biography is great reading for men and women of all ages but is a particular gem for young women looking for godly mentors."
--Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
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