Available For Review: Marie Durand – Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr

Shaun Tabatt —  June 26, 2015

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In 1730, nineteen-year-old Marie Durand was arrested and taken from her home in a village in Southern France for the crime of having a brother who was a Protestant preacher. Imprisoned in the Tower of Constance, Marie would spend the next thirty-eight years there. Simonetta Carr introduces us to the inspiring life of a woman who could have recanted her Protestant faith and gained release, but held fast to the truth—and encouraged others to do so as well. Beautiful illustrations, a simply told story, and interesting facts acquaint young readers with the challenges facing Protestants in eighteenth-century France and show them that even a life spent in prison can be lived in service to Christ and to others.

Praise For Marie Durand:

“Simonetta opens a window into Marie Durand’s life and world, giving us a glimpse of what French Protestants experienced during the reigns of King Louis XIV and of his great-grandson, Louis XV of France. We admire their courage and tenacity and desire to follow their example of faithful perseverance under trial, thus bringing glory to God. I’m sure that readers will enjoy this beautifully produced book as they learn about an era in French church history that not many are exposed to.”
-Françoise Anderson, librarian at Bethel Seminary, San Diego, and author of a forthcoming biography of Pierre and Marie Durand

“A wonderful and engaging story of courage, faith, and hope in an era of persecution, this story of the trials and tribulations of Marie Durand is sure to inspire many.”
-Martin Klauber, affiliate professor of church history, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Marie Durand’s life is fascinating. She was imprisoned when she was nineteen because her brother was a pastor, at a time when Protestantism was forbidden in France. She was released after thirty-eight years. In this book, Simonetta Carr tells this story very simply, but with many details. So we can imagine the difficult life of French Protestants in the 18th century. We can marvel at their faith and their perseverance. The beautiful illustrations by Matt Abraxas help us to understand this story of grace and intolerance, to commune with these ordinary women who didn’t want to deny their faith.”
-Dr. Yves Krumenacker, French historian, Professor of Modern History, University of Lyon

“As a Frenchman, I deeply appreciate the quality of the historical research Simonetta Carr has done on Marie Durand and the way she has brought to light important lessons of the past. I highly recommend this book written with a serving heart and setting stepping stones for the rising generation.”
-Philippe Mayhew, Literature Coordinator for Child Evangelism Fellowship of France

Simonetta CarrAbout The Author:
Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband, Thomas, and family. She is a member and Sunday school teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

About The Illustrator:
Matt Abraxas has traveled from California to France, studying different approaches to art. He enjoys creating and teaching art and currently exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Matt lives with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Zorba and Rainer, in Lafayette, Colorado.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN:  9781601783905
  • Page Count:  64

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: July 13-19, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Hardcover (Continental US Only)
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Thank you for your interest in reviewing Marie Durand – Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.