Amy Carmichael wrote Rose from Brier after reflecting that most books of comfort for sick people are written by the well and so miss their mark. Since pain is not always physical, this is a book for all who suffer, as it has been written by the ill, for the ill.
Amy Carmichael was the eldest daughter of a large Christ-centered family in Millisle, Ireland. She was impressed at an early age that nothing is important but that which is eternal. This understanding proved to be a foundation for her service to the Lord among the mill workers of Ireland, the Japanese briefly, and then in India where she began her ministry to children in 1895 and where she remained until her death in 1951.
Miss Carmichael was inspired to write this book by reflecting that most books of comfort for sick people are written by the well and so they miss their mark.
Thus, from her own personal experiences she has gathered a priceless treasury of helpful thoughts for those who are ill. This is why it speaks to our condition and why I sent it again and again to ones who are hurting. As pain is not always physical, it is a book for all who suffer. It is by far the best that I have found.
Ruth Bell Graham