It Is Well with My Soul

by Hugh Bonneville, Robert Hunt

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When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.

Those beloved lyrics have brought comfort and hope to people the world over for generations. But few might guess that when the words were penned, their author's life was far from being filled with "peace like a river."

In 1873, Horatio and Anna Spafford suffered heartbreaking devastation when their four cherished daughters lost their lives in the sinking of the Ville du Havre. What was meant to be a festive season of yuletide cheer spent in Paris was instantly transformed into a time of mourning and loss. And that season of sorrow could have stretched throughout a lifetime—were it not for the Spaffords' stalwart faith in the Lord's ability to heal all wounds and soothe every pain.

Channeling his grief into something that would help both himself and others look forward and upward in times of tragedy, Horatio Spafford, in his simple yet profound way, wrote the words that would become a healing balm for years to come. The story behind the timeless hymn "It Is Well with My Soul," and all the goodness that flowed from the Spaffords' faith-filled lives thereafter, will inspire you and your family to always look upward to the Savior and trust in His soothing hand, whether in times of peace or of sorrow.

This is the fascinating true story of a family tragedy behind the writing of the beloved hymn, It Is Well with My Soul in the 19th century. Originally presented by acclaimed British actor Hugh Bonneville at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2017 Christmas concert.

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Pages32
Size11 x 9
ISBN9781629724898
PublishedShadow Mountain 2018

About the Authors

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville was a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, studied theology at Cambridge, and made his professional debut in 1986 in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Following several seasons with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has become a familiar face to television audiences in both comedies and dramas, receiving a Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations for his performance as Robert, Earl of Grantham on Downton Abbey. He received four British Academy nominations for his role in the BBC comedies Twenty Twelve and W1A and a further BAFTA nomination for his role in the movie Iris. His recent films include Viceroy's House, Breathe, and Paddington 2, in which he reprises his role as Mr. Brown. Mr. Bonneville is an ambassador for WaterAid and is a patron of several charities, including the National Youth Theatre and the Primary Shakespeare Company.

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Robert Hunt

Robert Hunt is an associate professor at the California College of the Arts, where he teaches illustration, professional practice, and painting. He holds an MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He is a member of the Society of Illustrators and was awarded the 2015 Hamilton King award and the 2016 Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award. His work has appeared in many major publications, and he illustrated the popular picture book Jacob's Gift as well as the DreamWorks logo. He lives and works in San Anselmo, California. He and his wife, Lynn, have two children.

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Gorgeous book!

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