American hymnwriter Fanny Crosby was born on this day in 1820. She became blind as a young child, was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, and composed nearly 8,000 hymns throughout her life.
Here is a video overview of her life from Mars Hill Church:
You can read her autobiography here: Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography.
In 2005 Eeerdmans published a biography of her in their Library of Religious Biography Series: Her Heart Can See: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby, by Edith L. Blumhofer.