Amy Carmichael

The Brown-Eyed Girl Who Learned to Pray

By Hunter Beless, illustrated by Héloïse Mab
from 26 reviews

Inspiring children's biography of Amy Carmichael, a missionary who shared Christ’s love with hundreds of women and children in Asia.

Part of the Do Great Things For God series.

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Read the true story of Amy Carmichael, a missionary who shared Christ’s love with hundreds of women and children in Asia.

At a time when being a single female missionary was extremely costly, Amy Carmichael spent her life sharing Christ’s love with hundreds of women and children in Asia. Along the way, she adapted to fit into cultures very different from her own, learned to depend on God in prayer, and became a mother to many children who had been sold, kidnapped, outcast or abandoned. She is a great role model for young children, and her story will enthuse them about the great things they can do for God too.

This beautifully illustrated children's biography of Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) features stylish illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos. It is part of a series designed to show kids that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Download free extras, such as worksheets, to help children interact with the true story and think of ways in which they can also follow God and encourage his people today.

These stories can be read to young children or enjoyed independently by early readers. The free extras make these stories useful for Sunday school, missions events, and more.

Product details


  • Amy Carmichael: Illustrated biography
    Further notes about Amy for adults and older children


Age range: 4+
Contributors Hunter Beless, Héloïse Mab
ISBN 9781784988203
Format Hardback
First published June 2023
Dimensions 195mm x 240mm x 7.2mm
Weight 0.32 kg
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Author, host/teacher of Revive Our Hearts

Throughout my childhood, God used biographies to instill in me a desire to love and serve Christ with all my heart. Among those was the life of Amy Carmichael. I’m so grateful Hunter is sharing Amy’s story to inspire a new generation of children with this moving example of radical faith and sacrificial love.

Matt Smethurst

Gospel Coalition reviewer and Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

A small book about a big heart. Amy Carmichael’s self-giving love shines in striking contrast to our era of self-love. She served people so well because she didn’t finally live for them—she lived for God. Turn these pages with your kids and watch them glimpse what life is all about.

Melissa B Kruger

Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Uptown Church; author, The Envy of Eve

Amy Carmichael has been one of my heroes of the faith since I first read her biography in college. I’m thrilled to see this excellent new children’s book, “Amy Carmichael: The Brown-Eyed Girl Who Learned to Pray” by Hunter Beless. I hope her story will inspire and encourage a new generation of children who prayerfully ask God to do great things!

Customer reviews

20 Apr 2024

“My Favorite one!!!”

"Amy promised to spend her life going and telling people about Jesus. She decided to become a missionary."

I was so excited to see this volume added to the Do Great Things for God series. Amy Carmichael is one of my favorite Christians to read about. As a little girl, Amy begged God to change her eyes to blue. She learned that God doesn't always answer prayers the way she expected. One day, Amy helped a poor woman carry a heavy load while onlookers frowned. This didn't stop her. She continued to help the poor. Amy asked God for help and He answered. She kept a prayer journal and made notes of all the many prayers God answered for His glory. Later, Amy became a missionary. Amy Carmichael is a wonderful example for our children, showing them the power of prayer and reminding them to help the poor.

15 Mar 2024

“Children’s books”

These little books are simple yet well written and beautifully illustrated. It is absolutely wonderful to see how God used these godly women to reach the world with the gospel and to encourage young people to follow God today! Thank you for this series of books that encourage the next generation and each of us who read them to seek to follow God as well.

10 Feb 2024

“The woman who was Mother to many”

In reading the story of Amy Carmichael, kids are exposed to the truth that God is entirely trustworthy. Even when things don’t make sense, we can pray for our needs and God will do great things. Our job is to trust and obey. The way Amy did this was to walk in obedience to do the next right thing in front of her, which led her to spend her life serving in India and teaching the Gospel and showing people the love of Christ.
A wonderful picture to kids of what it looks like to trust God with every aspect of life; and that trusting Him is SAFE!

Thank you to The Good Book Company for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are entirely my own.

4 Jan 2024

“Great Book Series”

We love the Doing Great Things for God book series! It’s great to be able to share stories about these amazing women who have spent their lifetime serving God with my daughter in a way that is relatable for her. We started by reading the books to her when she was in K, and now she reads them herself as a second grader. Amy Carmichael was a favorite story of mine growing up, so it was great to see her story added to the collection.

19 Dec 2023

“Inspirational and simple”

This sweet read reminds me of this verse: “To the weak I became [as the] weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means [in any and every way] save some [by leading them to faith in Jesus Christ]. ( 1 Corinthians 9:22).

I had heard about Amy Carmichael before, but I love this simplified yet inspirational read geared towards young children. I loved this the illustrations pointed back to Amy’s childhood desire for blue eyes, and how it correlated to her relating to people around the world. Like the other books in this series, this one prompted curious questions from my son and I appreciated the dialogue. Highly recommend.

29 Sep 2023

“A wonderful introduction!”

Ive always loved Amy Carmichael's inspiring story, she truly was a woman who was faithful to God and He worked through her mightily. This picture book biography teaches children about her life, how she came to faith and responded in obedience to Gods call to do missionary work in Japan and India. She rescued and adopted many children who had been abandoned or were working in the temples in India. One of the things I found inspiring about this book was that Amy kept a prayer journal so that she could look back on how God had answered her prayers. I thought this was a good concept to introduce to children because when you walk through trials it is wonderful to look back on Gods faithfulness across your life! Another story that is included in this book is how Amy would always pray as a child that God would make her eyes blue because she desperately wanted to have blue eyes instead of brown...God didn't answer her prayers in the way she'd hoped and her eyes stayed brown, but years later she realized that her brown eyes helped her ministry and allowed her to blend in more for important work she was doing in India. This provides a wonderful opportunity to talk to our children about how God always answers our prayers, but he doesn't always answer them in the way we expect or want, sometimes the answer is "no" because he has a better plan! I love using books like these to teach my young children about Gods faithfulness and how He works through his people to accomplish great things!

17 Aug 2023

“God answers prayer as He sees fit for our good and His glory!”

This is another wonderful addition to the “Do Great Things for God” series. We enjoy these short picture books as a way to learn about missionaries. Amy Carmichael might be our favorite one yet. The emphasis on her dependence on prayer and how God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we want, but how He knows is best is such a needed reminder for kids and adults. He uses all things, even the colors of our eyes, for our good and His glory.

This series always has beautiful illustrations and this one is no exception. They take a story and make it accessible for children with an emphasis on how God works in their lives. Each book includes a real life photo and timeline of the missionary which is ever so helpful. This book also includes questions at the end and additional free resources for interacting with Amy’s story. The homeschool mom in me loves these mini lessons!

An inspiring and fun way to teach biographies to our youngsters.

8 Aug 2023

“Educational & Inspiring”

Many of these do great things for God women I've never heard of but I am just as caught up (if not more so) as my kids in the story! God convicts me as I read of the faithfulness of His servants and I'm inspired to be faithful in my own life! Amy Carmichael is no exception! Love learning about her story of faithfulness and how the Lord used her! Excited to add this one to our collection, planning on collecting them all!

6 Aug 2023

“Great Homeschool Resource”

Amy Carmichael: The Brown-Eyed Girl Who Learned to Pray by Hunter Beless tells the inspiring story of Amy Carmichael, a remarkable woman whose life of faith and prayer continues to inspire generations.

The book is a must-read for children and parents alike, teaching valuable lessons about faith, courage, and the power of prayer. Amy Carmichael's story is one of my favorites so I was excited to have this accessible account of her life to read to my little one.

This book is part of The Do Great Things for God Series. I highly recommend this series for introducing your little ones to Christian biographies. There are free printable downloads that you can incorporate into homeschool lessons.

2 Aug 2023

“God Does Great Things Through Those Who Pray”

God does great things through those who pray. In the newest entry of the Do Great Things For God series, Hunter Beless shares the story of Amy Carmichael: The Brown-Eyed Girl Who Learned to Pray.

Meant for children ages 4-7, this is the perfect book to spark interest in spiritual biographies. Carmichael’s love for women and children in Asia is extraordinary. Beless brings the story to life with charm and wonder. The biographical timeline and historical photos at the back of the book are a plus.

God Does Great Things Through Those Who Pray

The illustrations by Héloïse Mab help bring to life the different cultural boundaries Carmichael had to cross. They are vibrant and inspiring, invoking an exciting life of missionary work.

The story emphasizes her dependence on prayer, and how God was with her every step of the way. Read this book and help your children see that God does great things through those who pray.

I received a media copy of Amy Carmichael and this is my honest review.

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