"Pansy" was a very busy woman!
In addition to being a mother, a pastor's wife, a mentor, and a member of a dynamic and close-knit extended family, she was a prolific author. Her books have been printed in numerous editions all over the world.
While her books are often referred to as children's literature, they are powerful examples of how a life should be lived for Christ that apply to readers of all ages. From her very first book, Helen Lester, to her last, Memories of Yesterdays, her purpose was to win others to Christ. The writing contest that began her career as a published author set her life's work for the Saviour in motion.
She inspired not only her readers, but also her niece, Grace Livingston Hill who went on to write over 100 of her own books, and her son, Raymond who became Professor of Literature at Stanford University. His children's book "Why the Chimes Rang" has been in print for the better part of a century itself. Raymond's English literature commentaries have been used as college textbooks for years, and he was considered one of the foremost Shakespearian experts of his time.
Pansy edited her own magazine, "The Pansy" for over 20 years. It was widely circulated and often passed along to readers who couldn't afford to subscribe. She was a regular columnist for the "Christian Endeavor World" beginning in the 1890's until 1915. She also contributed to magazines like Trained Motherhood and The Christian Herald, lectured and taught on the Chautauqua circuit, and still managed to write or edit nearly 200 books in her lifetime! It's said that she also answered every letter that her readers sent her. She did all this despite severe headaches and health problems that often kept her from working for more than half a day at a time.