Hammer of the Huguenots
Paperback. 232 Pages
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Philippe, an orphan shipwright apprentice in sixteenth-century France, is perplexed by the intense religious conflict raging about him. While his friends Maurice and Sophie cling to the good news proclaimed by the church Reformers, Philippe has not yet been persuaded to abandon the teachings of the state church in which he was raised. The gospel sounds liberating at times, but can he risk believing when persecution and bloodshed inevitably follow? As Huguenot communities are massacred and full-scale warfare breaks over France, Philippe must decide once and for all where his loyalties lie. The choices he and his friends make in these violent times may cost them everything.
"Their praying was one of many things that mystified Philippe. In the convent near Arles where he had his first memories, vague though they were, the sisters had led them in a hastily murmured Ave Maria and they ate. No amount of praying would thicken the soup, so keep it short. Such as it was, eat it while it’s hot; that’s what made sense to Philippe..."
A compelling historical novel... Well written and informative... Bond’s story captures the attention and makes the reader eager to know more about the historical characters in question.
- Marc Mailloux, Missionary to the French-speaking world; Author of God Still Loves the French
Hammer of the Huguenots is a gripping story about life in sixteenth-century France. Bond’s skillful blend of fact and fiction draws the reader into the religious wars of that era and . . . exposes the theological and ethical issues faced by the Huguenots. . . . This book provides insight into a little-known but important time in the history of the church.
- J. Robert Vannoy, ThD., Emeritus Professor, The Allan A. MacRae Chair of Biblical Studies, Biblical Theological Seminary