Hardcover. 64 Pages
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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 others.
“In 1685, Henry’s grandson, King Louis XIV, officially revoked the law that protected Protestants. Under his rules, about seven hundred Protestant churches were destroyed. All pastors were banned from the country and had to leave their properties behind..."
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