Book by Amy Carmichael
After she sustained a serious injury in the later part of her life, Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India, wrote a short volume of letters, which were published as a book called Rose From Brier. These letters—full of poetry, scripture, personal reflection, and encouraging wisdom — were her way of processing her debilitating injury, an injury that stayed with her until she passed away. The letters were written as an encouragement from one who was ill to others facing similar trials, or as Amy herself put it, “From thy brier shall blow a rose for others.”
I recently came across this little volume at my local library, and found profound wisdom in Amy’s words that range from musings on the purpose of suffering, finding joy in suffering, and the real day-to-day reliance upon Christ that is needed in all seasons, but especially in the discouragement, loneliness, and fear that seeks to overcome one who is struggling with illness or injury. One of my favorite parts of this little book are all of the original poems and hymns penned by Amy during this season of her life. They are captivating offerings of faith and love for her Savior. And while Amy doesn’t sugar-coat the reality of the pain she dealt with, she always presents a victorious message of hope found in Christ.