n The Story of My Life, there are many influential people that affect Helen Keller. She values and recognizes their contribution to her development. One such person is Bishop Brooks whom Helen describes as amongst "men of genius."(ch 23) The Bible has never interested Helen, to the point she actually finds it "devoid of interest" at first. As always, Helen perseveres and comes to an appreciation although she continues to dislike the "barbarous" events recalled there. Bishop Brook never tries to influence Helen's religious choices, rather guiding her towards "one universal religion." (ch 23)
In the autobiographical novel, The Story of my Life, by Helen Keller, she writes often about Bishop Brooks. He was a constant in her life from an early age. He was one that never judged her, never tried to restrain her, and accepted her as one of God's children, even when others could or would not. She credits him for her strong moral and ethical beliefs that good always wins in the end. Even after his death, his life views on love and friendship have a lasting effect.