Marie Durand – Christian Biographies for Young Readers Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  July 14, 2015
Marie Durand Book Cover Marie Durand
Christian Biographies For Young Readers
Simonetta Carr
Reformation Heritage Books
June 10, 2015

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.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Marie Durand – Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“As a historian, I love these books for how they draw young people in to history and make it come alive! As a homeschooling mom, I love using these because they point out the sources they come from and encourage the kids that are reading them to delve in more to the time by giving them a brief bit of information on either side of the time they feature. As a reader myself, I enjoy being able to sit down for an hour or less and dig in myself and learn something new!”
Reviewer: Wendi Bevitt
Rating: 5 Stars

“Aesthetically her books are lovely. The craftsmanship is beautiful. They are a pleasure to hold and gaze upon for young and old alike as the story unfolds… The story of Marie Durand is one that girds the Christian soul as hostility and persecution eclipse our days.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’ve read and reviewed several children’s biographies by Simonetta Carr, but Marie Durand is my favorite thus far. The story of this ordinary believer’s perseverance is very powerful. I’m thankful it is being told.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall this is high caliber quality in a children’s book… Marie’s story was inspiring and encouraging to me personally as I read her book. It is beneficial for other believers to be encouraged to stand strong for their faith, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is one of those books that is a pleasure to read aloud with someone else… History tied to a person is much more memorable than straight facts. For this reason this makes an excellent book for teaching history to young children.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is written in a way that children can understand, and is still interesting for adults as well! I found myself wanting to read more about the life of Marie Durand!”
Reviewer: Heidi Smith
Rating: 5 Stars

“Marie Durand is the beautiful story of the faith of a young woman who continued to live faithfully to what God had called her, even in the face of persecution… This is a hardcovered book with pages beautifully printed, making this a wonderful book to gift to any child or school library.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 5 Stars

Marie Durand by Simonetta Carr is a book parents can read to their children, showing them what Christian perseverance and faithfulness looks like. I gladly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“This account of Marie’s life was very engrossing; I read almost all of it one sitting. Your kids (and yourselves) will be intellectually and spiritually well served by this highly recommended book and series.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“I thoroughly enjoyed Marie Durand, and cannot recommend it, and the other books in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, highly enough. Ideal for reading as a family, it would also be a helpful addition to homeschool curriculum, or a wonderful introduction for those new to the story of Marie Durand. I would give the book an “A”.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a beautiful book, with illustrations ranging from paintings to photographs of various places and things, making it extra interesting for children and adults… Marie Durand is indeed a woman worthy of note and emulation.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 5 Stars

“You will enjoy this historically and spiritually uplifting biography. The illustrations and photographs along with the extras really make for an excellent resource to study this topic.”
Reviewer:  Karen Chevalier
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to anyone interested in women of the church, French church history, and young girls looking for examples of Godly women.”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I commend the biography, Marie Durand, and pray that many will be strengthened as they seek to persevere in light of God’s faithfulness.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 5 stars

“This is a wonderful Christian Biography of Marie Durand’s life as a French Protestant.”
Reviewer: Bonnie Hendrix
Rating: 5 Stars

“This biographical overview is quite inspiring, it shows children (and adults) a Christian whose faith they may strive to imitate.”
Reviewer: Sarah Lambert
Rating: 5 stars

“This book is a true gem, and I am glad to have it on my bookshelf.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I heartily recommend Carr’s volume here on Durand, and all of her previous and forthcoming ones.”
Reviewer: Allen Mickle
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is the sort of reading that will stick to a child’s ribs and provide encouragement in a time of need.”
Reviewer: Andrew Spencer
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for its educational value and for personal pleasure.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will teach readers that God will be with them through anything that comes their way.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book as well as the others in this series.”
Reviewer: Jaime Beyersdorf
Rating: 5 Stars

“Biographies are a great tool to teach our families about faith and how we can live in light of God’s word. This is one great tool.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend Marie Durand, as well as the rest of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers line.”
Reviewer: Danika Cooley
Rating: 5 Stars

“The author has written a very well researched biography perfect for young readers.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“I loved this book and, more importantly for me, my boys loved it and will return to it to read for themselves.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 Stars

“I heartily recommend this book for readers of all ages.”
Reviewer: Ann Hibbard
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book along with the entire series.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Every time I read one of these stories I am reminded that as Christians we stand on the shoulders of giants. Surely we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, may all of us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, drawing encouragement from their faith.”
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 5 Stars

“I think this is a wonderful and convicting look into what hardships the Christian life can entail, but also a God-honoring way of handling it. ”
Reviewer: Hannah Christmas
Rating: 5 Stars