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Anne Steele (1717–1778) has been recognized as one of the leading female hymnwriters of her time. In Anne Steele and Her Spiritual Vision, Priscilla Wong demonstrates how Steele was able to see God in different circumstances of her life and expressed it in three main themes that can be found in her hymnody: the glory of God in creation, faith in the face of suffering, and hope in the promised glory.
This close analysis of Steele’s hymns not only establishes a more coherent and intimate picture of the hymnwriter’s life and spirituality but also cultivates a more intense desire for Christians at large to grow in their faith and understanding of God
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Priscilla Wong received a degree in English literature from York University and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Toronto Baptist Seminary. She has training in technical and creative writing as well as broadcast journalism. She lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario, with her husband, Lee, and her two children, Nathaniel and Jenuine.
“Anne Steele, the daughter of an eighteenth-century English Baptist minister, wrote hymns that were widely sung well into the nineteenth century. While acutely aware of human frailty, she was also powerfully conscious of the divine power to redeem. Anne’s spirituality is carefully analyzed and warmly commended in Priscilla Wong’s perceptive study.” — David W. Bebbington, professor of history at the University of Stirling, Scotland
“Anne Steele’s vibrant faith embraced every circumstance of life, whether joy or sorrow, life or death. In these pages Priscilla Wong ably demonstrates that Anne’s poetry always leads the reader straight to the heart of God, the source of all good.” — Faith Cook, author of Our Hymn Writers and Their Hymns
“Priscilla Wong provides a careful and thorough analysis of Anne Steele’s hymns, placing them in historical context and drawing out their spiritual significance.” — Sharon James, author of In Trouble and in Joy: Four Women Who Lived for God