Helen Keller has inspired many with her book, The Story of My Life, which traces her life up to the age of only 22 years of age but which gives readers such insight into her struggles and ample motivation to always strive for the best, despite times when their lives may seem "silent, aimless, dayless," such as Helen herself admits of her own life. In this book, Helen Keller does not shy away from the unpleasantness of events as she could so easily have done, romanticizing her life and her efforts. Instead, as her intention was to inspire others to overcome their own difficulties, she includes events that could have changed her life and her direction and the people who ensured that she succeeded. Helen credits those who influenced her life, some famous and others that make her feel that "all is well." Bishop Brooks is one of these people.
It is a huge struggle for Helen to ensure she meets and exceeds expectations and Bishop Brooks is someone who is steadfast in his belief in and acceptance of Helen. In Helen, a girl so vastly different from himself in beliefs and age, he recognizes an indomitable spirit and he sees that, although Helen is suffering, she is able to teach others how to humble themselves and rise above challenges which seem insurmountable. He understands that, unwittingly, she reveals something that he has been trying to teach his congregation for years: that goodness and hope do exist in the darkest and most unlikely of places. The famous hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem was written by Bishop Brooks; the second verse, although never attributed to his friendship with Helen, speaks of "How silently, how silently, The Wondrous gift is given..." He was always astounded by Helen's ability to reach others without really saying a word.
The fact that Bishop Brooks never judges Helen and trusts her and never questions her relationship with God which, by her own admittance, is not a traditional one but is somewhat unresolved, ensures that Helen and Bishop Brooks remain lifelong friends. He teaches Helen, even from a young age, that "wrong shall not triumph." Even after he dies, Helen knows that there is "no creed or system more soul-satisfying than Bishop Brooks's creed of love."