Weight of a Flame: The Passion of Olympia Morata
The Passion of Olympia Morata
Paperback. 256 Pages
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The Passion of Olympia Morata 5th volume in the Chosen Daughters Series! One of the best series ever written, to acquaint a girl with important and zealous women in Christian history. Now, in Weight of a Flame, Simonetta Carr has contributed a volume.
Psalm-Singer, Passionate Teacher, Pilgrim Adventurer. Olympia Morata (1526–1555) was a girl far ahead of her time and her teacher’s best student. With a quick tongue and a ready pen, she records her vivid thoughts, poetry, songs, and opinions. But not long after she is appointed to be the tutor of Duchess Renée’s children, evil rumors turn her world upside-down.
“Olympia felt a heavy weight on her chest. Her father never kept quiet. He eagerly discussed Luther’s writings with his friends, and she heard him say that he had openly read excerpts of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion to his students at the University of Vicenza. “I will keep it in mind,” answered Fulvio, obviously unconvinced. “You know very well that, in this country, anyone who disagrees with the pope is left with just three choices,” pressed Pietro. “You can be killed, leave the country, or keep quiet. I don’t think too many choose the first alternative willingly, and a live coward is better than a dead hero.” “I wouldn’t call those who leave the country cowards,” suggested Fulvio, trying to measure his words. “They leave because they feel they can do more for God’s cause by staying alive to teach others, write, or translate. Luther has proved the importance of the printed word.” “And the third group? Are we cowards?” prompted Pietro, squinting his eyes with a knowing smile. “I am not in any position to judge, Pietro,” replied Fulvio, dropping the challenge. “But thank you for your concern. I will be careful.” He smiled, his eyes sparkling with excitement, not fear. Olympia knew that look. Words of caution always fueled his daring fires. Pietro shook his head. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” “Our protection is from the Lord, not the duchess,” said Fulvio, placing his hand on Pietro’s shoulder. “He is both our fortress and our strength.” Olympia’s enthusiasm was rekindled. Fulvio always had the uncommon ability to look beyond the moment in any situation. She felt ready. Maybe there were dangers, but with her father by her side she was willing to face them."
"With the precision of a scholar and the heart of a story teller, Simonetta Carr brings to life the story of Olympia Morata, a daughter of the Italian Reformation. Persecuted, besieged, exiled, and imprisoned, Olympia finds comfort in the new religious ideals sweeping through Europe. She is spurred onward by the writing and preaching of the Protestant Reformers. Through Olympia, Simonetta Carr tells the story of the unnamed and unknown who heard the words of Gospel promise and clung to them though that often meant risking their lives. More than strength of character, Simonetta Carr celebrates the strength of the God in whom these believers trusted. May we, and our children, exhibit the same trust in these days of our own pilgrim exile.”
- Eric Landry, Senior Pastor, Christ PCA, Temecula, CA
“Readers will face, with Olympia, the daily dangers and insecurities that accompanied a faithful witness to the truth of the gospel.”
- Starr Meade, Bestselling author of Training Hearts, Teaching Minds and Grandpa’s Box
"In this delightful yet informative historical fiction we meet Olympia, a young girl willing to stand strong for her Christian values in the troubled, changing world of the Reformation.”
- Laura E. Smith, Award-winning Educator