The Story of Jessica's Journey

Little Jessica, shivering and hungry, warms her feet at the coffee-peddler’s stall. It is there that she receives stale bread and coffee from the greedy and selfish peddler. The day comes when Jessica says her very first prayer. Her childlike faith is a breath of fresh air. This tender story was a favorite for young people, and needs to find its way back to every child’s heart today!

About the Author


Soon to become one of the most popular writers of the 19th century, Hesba Stretton won widespread fame for her book Jessica’s First Prayer. Before long it had sold at least a million and a half copies, outselling Alice in Wonderland nearly tenfold. Today, we bring Hesba Stretton’s story to life as a world-class audio drama, Jessica’s Journey. As a web of characters become entangled with the knowledge of their past sins, a minister, a miser, and an unfit mother each encounters a miraculous redemption through their connection with little Jessica – and her answer to prayer.

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Cast & Crew


Philip Glassborow

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A remarkable actor, one of Philip’s most famous roles was portraying Tumnus the Fawn in Chronicles of Narnia. He has worked as BBC writer/producer and with Focus on the Family Radio Theatre.

Cathy Sara



A beloved actress who has starred in the popular TV series, Downton Abbey. Cathy delivers a powerful performance as Jessica’s mother. Cathy’s other performances include the sweet daughter Mary in The Basket of Flowers and the compassionate mother of Jesus, in Titus—A Comrade of the Cross.

Peter Moreton



A veteran actor of the stage, television, and dramatic audio, Peter has portrayed a wide array of characters. His dramatic audio performances can be heard in Sir Knight of the Splendid Way, Basket of Flowers, Ben Hur, and as Reverend Miller in Jessica’s Journey.

John Rhys Davies



An actor who is perhaps best known for playing the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the charismatic Arab excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones films. John continues his beloved role as host in this production.

Behind the Scenes


Ever wonder how audio dramas are produced? Or what it’s like to be in the studio with actors who put so much passion into their performances? Take a look at some of the behind the scenes footage from Jessica’s Journey and you will see a sample of the powerful performances by Cathy Sara and Peter Moreton.

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