by Gena K. Gorrell
Born in 1820, Florence Nightingale was still in her teens when she felt called to God's service, but her wealthy family opposed her intentions to do something useful in the world. Though many people are familiar with Nightingale's name and her image as "the lady with the lamp," this compelling biography makes clear that she did not rise to importance by goodness and mercy. She relentlessly drove herself and those around her for whatever cause she determined was right. Gorrell clearly portrays Nightingale as a multifaceted individual, with many admirable qualities and some negative traits that sometimes made getting along with her as difficult for her family and friends as for her foes in the military and the government.