'You could become the greatest living painter. Your paintings would be treasured for ever.' Those were the words Lilias Trotter heard from John Ruskin, one of the world's most established art critics. She had to make a choice between her talent and her calling. Both were gifts from God. In May 1879 Lilias knew what she should do. God's work for Lilias was in the desert land of Algeria. Palm trees and camels replaced lampposts and horse drawn carriages. The desert was her home, its people her friends and its Creator her reason for life.
About Irene Howat
Irene Howat’s first entry into writing was her auto–biographical work, Pain my Companion, which introduces the reader both to Irene’s struggle with illness and disability, alongside her faith and dependence on God throughout it. Since then, she has been an author and ghost–writer for many different Christian biographies as well as multiple children’s books and biographies. Her writing skills have gained her an award from the Australian book trade and a reputation as a reliable writer for young children. She receives many letters from young fans as well as a steady stream of followers for her online Story A Month club.