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Overview Fanny Crosby Still Lives is a new biography of the blind 19th century hymn writer, Frances J. ("Fanny") Crosby (1820-1915), who wrote over 8,000 hymns (including "Blessed Assurance" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus"). In addition to her hectic hymn writing and teaching career, and despite being a woman, and blind, Fanny personally championed the cause of the desperate and needy in her local area (New York City and Bridgeport, CT), as well as advising presidents and political leaders and travelling all over the country. Darlene Neptune tells this moving story from her unique vantage point of performing and singing on stage as Fanny.
Journey into the extraordinary life and times of nineteenth-century writer Fanny Crosby, the prolific author of thousands of well-loved American hymns. Blinded at the age of three weeks by medication that was too strong, Fannydetermined at an early age to share her faith and the joy of her conversion with everyone she met--and eventually sharing them with the millions of Christians who still sing her sacred words in such familiar titles as Safe in the Arms of Jesus, Praise Him, Praise Him, Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour, Near the Cross, and Blessed Assurance.This novelized biography of wife, mother, renowned poet, and social activist is an inspiring example of one womani s personal triumph over heartbreak. The reader is swept back in time through many diary excerpts and anecdotes. Raisedby a loving mother and grandmother, Fanny, with her remarkable memory, burning desire for an education, and early compassion for the homeless and handicapped, is here introduced to the reader. This sensitivity would eventually endear her to many influential friends and advisors, and even some American presidents. She prayed that God would use her music to help others see His grace and goodness. A devoted, outspoken advocate for the needy of NewYork City, she was the first woman to lobby Congress for schools for the blind at a time when formal education was rare. The book contains many of Fanny's familiar lyrics and poems, written under more than 100 pseudonyms, and thestories behind them.
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Studio: Pelican Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 6.26" Height: 1.11" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2003
Publisher Pelican Publishing Company
ISBN 158980130X ISBN13 9781589801301
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More About Darlene Neptune
Author and gospel singer Darlene Neptune has always felt drawn to Crosby's hymns, because her words are so easy to understand. She spent several years digging through attics, basements, and antique stores, in addition to newspaper articles and other historical documents, looking for the rich heritage of music and pictures. Neptune has been in full-time gospel ministry since 1985 when she was miraculously healed of a brain tumor. She is considered the world's leading authority on Fanny Crosby and frequently presents dramatizations of Crosbyis life to audiences around the nation. She resides in Naples, Florida, with her husband, Dennis, though they are on the road ten months of the year.
Darlene Neptune currently resides in Naples, in the state of Florida.
Reviews - What do customers think about Fanny Crosby Still Lives?
Very good informative and entertaining book Mar 6, 2008
I truly enjoyed reading this book about Fanny Crosby. I learned much about this wonderful writer who has influenced so much of our Christian music hymns. Darlene Neptune did a fine job of researching and making Fanny Crosby come alive in her book. I would recommend this book very highly.
FANNY CROSBY STILL LIVES Mar 1, 2008
I HAVE KNOWN DARLENE NEPTUNE FOR MANY YEARS AND LOOKED FORWARD TO DISCUSSING THIS BOOK WITH HER ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AS SHE WAS WRITING IT. I KNOW DARLENE WORKED VERY HARD TO BE AS ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE IN PRESENTING FANNY CROSBY TO US. SHE OVERCAME MANY OBSTACLES AND HINDRANCES IN PUTTING THIS BOOK TOGETHER. DARLENE IS A GOD-FEARING LADY WHO ONLY SEEKS TO PRESENT OUR LORD AND SAVIOR TO OTHERS. YOU CAN TRUST HER WORK COMPLETELY. GREAT BOOK.
Documenting the life of my favorite hymn writer. Mar 1, 2008
I have had a passion for Fanny Crosby and her music since childhood, which is how we got to know Darlene Neptune. At her presentation, we felt we were actually watching Aunt Fanny! Darlene has put many years of research into her work, and has visited the Crosby house and gravesite. I have read other material on Ms. Crosby, and Ms. Neptune's is consistent. Ms. Crosby's family has also shown their support for Ms. Neptune's work. Darlene has put her life in God's hands and has let Him lead in her work. One only has to watch her presentation to see this. I give her book 5 stars, and I give Darlene 5 stars, also!
Absolute Dreck Mar 2, 2006
Having read quite a few biographies of Fanny Crosby, as she is one of my 'heroes of the faith,' I would recommend the new book by Blumhofer, or the old standby by Bernard Ruffin. This book, by Darlene Neptune, isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
Fanny Crosby Doesn't Live Here May 14, 2002
If you think you'd like to learn something about the hymnwriter Fanny J. Crosby, don't read this book. Instead, opt for the old standard, Fanny Crosby by Bernard Ruffin, or for Don Hustad's more recent look at Crosby's life. Neptune's book is simply not worth reading, much less owning. The title page bills it as "the most complete history ever written," a risky claim to say the least. It is poorly written ("At the age of three mother and I moved. . .", p. 29), indifferently punctuated, and riddled with errors. Was Fanny Crosby really the personal friend and spiritual mentor of every president during her lifetime? Come on! She met several presidents, generally on formal occasions when she rendered a "poetical address", but only her acquaintance with Grover Cleveland approached close personal friendship. See page 179 to discover that Grover Cleveland was a great Union general who is buried on New York's Riverside Drive! You're unlikely to find that in print anywhere else. The book's one redeeming feature is its collection of photographs. Neptune claims the book is part of her larger response to an urge God placed in her heart in 1996 as she lingered at Fanny Crosby's grave: "Pick up the seed that has been buried here. . . plant it and bring it back to life for My Glory." She steps back into 1914 to interview Crosby. The technique may work for her regular Crosby impersonations, but it does not succeed in this book. If I could assign it less than one star, I would.