Monday, July 13, 2009
COME AWAY MY BELOVED AUTHOR DIES
Bestselling author, poet and songwriter Frances J. Roberts died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the age of 91 in Ojai, California where she made her home. Born on February 4, 1918, Roberts is best known for her classic devotional, Come Away My Beloved (Barbour Publishing). Roberts also authored eight other books, selling over 1.5 million copies, and published 88 hymns in the last 30 years. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute in 1938, Roberts served as Florida’s state director for Child Evangelism Fellowship, writing the popular “Wordless Book Song” during her tenure there. An accomplished musician, Roberts also taught at a Spanish mission school and worked as a professional accompanist, performing at various churches. In 1964, she founded The King's Press and began releasing books. Her popular Come Away My Beloved devotional has sold over a million copies and has been translated into several languages.