Bitesize Biographies – Renee of France Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  February 11, 2013

Bitesize Biographies Renee of FranceThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Bitesize Biographies – Renee of France by Simonetta Carr (EP Books, 2013). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“Though this is a historical biography and names and dates are bountiful, the book is written in the form of a novel which makes it easy to read. There are fewer than 130 pages, so it is also quick! I will be saving this short book for when our children are older so that we can read and have a female perspective on the Reformation.”
Betsy Cypress (

“This book was a short, fact-filled read that can serve as an introduction or fill in gaps in knowledge of this period if of interest.”
Douglas Wallace (

“Reading Renee’s story certainly brought the Reformation to life for me. Although short (less than 130 pages) Renee of France was engaging and interesting. It’s perfect to keep in a church library or to take along when traveling.”
Dede Zoomsalot (

“If you are interested in the people and events that occurred during the time of the Reformation you will find the book Renee of France, to be an insightful and enjoyable read not only about her life and role in the Reformation but also about John Calvin and the Reformation itself.”
Harold Cameron (

“I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the Reformation and those who were living through it.”
Karen Lyons (

“Overall, Renée of France is an enjoyable and informative read. The book’s brevity makes it a great introduction for those (like myself) who come to it knowing little or nothing about its subject, yet are interested in church history, especially of the Reformation. Additionally, the Christian reader will find Simonetta Carr’s narrative of Renée’s life to be not only a biography of a historical figure, but also an example – both positive and negative – for reflection in light of their own spiritual journey.”
Gaines Redd (

“If you’re already a fan of [the Reformation era], then you will love this book, and no matter what you think you know, you will definitely learn from this book too.”
Christopher Lewis (

“this fascinating little book will make you think again about what the reformation meant for people caught up in huge events and trying to be adequate for the times they lived in. ”
Alan Davey (

“I highly recommend Renée of France by Simonetta Carr. It is interesting, reads well, could not have been better written, and is definitely one of those books that causes you to mature in your own faith… I had heard about the Protestant Reformation before, but seeing it through the life of this wonderful woman gave it new meaning and made it come alive.”
Sarah Cobb (

“I am very curious to know more about the relationship that John Calvin and Renee had, after reading the book. I would recommend this book for recreational reading and those in the older high school grades.”
Rani Grant (

“I can see our family using this as a junior high or high school resource to provide a picture of the impact the Reformation had on individuals, especially among the wealthy.”
Ann Hibbard (

“Renee of France works as an introduction to what was, I am certain, a challenging life.”
Doug Hibbard (

“I found myself admiring Renee and wishing I could have met her. The road she chose wasn’t easy, but she persevered and is an example to all. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn some history and strengthen their faith.”
Donna Safford (

“I highly recommend this book. It is a well written “bite size” piece of Christian History. Simonetta Carr’s Renee of France is a good read. ”
Chris Malkemes (

“Anyone interested in the impact of Reformation events on individual lives will find it a fascinating read. There is an excellent annotated bibliography for those who would like to venture into more scholarly territory. Simonetta Carr is a keen interpreter of history, and I can’t wait to see which personalities she will acquaint us with in her future projects!”
Sarah White (

“One of the fascinating features of Renée’s life is her almost thirty year correspondence with Calvin whose letters are pastoral and encouraging. He urges Renée to have sound teachers in her court; deals with whether the way we worship God is important and urges her to submit to the church and support it… Definitely, a book to read and muse over.”
Sarah Jones (

“Renee and her contemporary ruling women seem almost modern in their education and comprehension of theology. They worked hard to support the cause of the Reformation with great sacrifice. I was amazed and encouraged.”
Roberta Hegland

“I am grateful to the author for sharing this work with us. There are even timely and relevant issues which these letters bring to the forefront, ones that even 500 years later are worth pondering, studying and praying over. Even if you do not like history, I recommend this book. It reads nearly like a historical fiction novelette.”
Beverly Terry (

“It won’t take you long to read, and you will discover a real woman, with fears and doubts, facing severe opposition. Many of the questions she faced are still around today, and I especially enjoyed the chapter summarising her correspondance with Calvin and what it teaches us.”
Emmanuel Durand (

“As a lover of biography and a father of two beautiful daughters, I’m always eager to find good books about women that my daughters can read. Renée of France didn’t disappoint. It was short, to the point, and packed with interesting tidbits.”
Matthew Sims (

“I have read a good amount of church history and honestly, to my shame, I had never heard of Renee of France… This book was a very good read. It is written almost like a novel and keeps you interested till the very end. I highly recommend it.”
Roger Leonhardt (

“So much of the history of the Reformation centres around the English participants, but the Reformation did exist beyond those borders, and the struggle of the people in France was very significant. The reader of this book will learn more than just who Reneé was; he will see inside the pastoral heart of Calvin, and get a good introduction to the French Reformation.”
Kim Shay (

“The jewels of the book were in the fine writing and retelling of Renee’s story, and in the last chapter: a Biblical look at the issues and questions that Renee faced. Simonetta Carr helped to answer questions such as “Does an outward profession of faith really matter if I am right with God on the inside?” the same questions that the answers given to Renee shaped her choices and changed her life.”
Faith Farrell (

“In reading this account, what struck me the most was her fight to know the scriptures and to know God’s will. She did “cave” in to the pressures of confirming her Catholic heritage, however, John Calvin’s letters and encouragement brought her back to the truth of God’s word.”
Jeanie Schwagerman (

“This book is one good way for someone who knows little about the Reformation to learn about some of the theological and political issues involved. It’s also an interesting look at a noblewoman caught between several strong, opposing forces and how she dealt with it.”
Debbie White (

” I think that there are more Renees out there asking the same questions today and I’m hoping their chances of getting their answers are better today.”
Rosemary Swinehart (

Where to Buy:
Bitesize Biographies – Renee of France by Simonetta Carr is available at your local Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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