About the Book:
What better way to understand the complex times of the Protestant Reformation than to experience it through the struggles, desires, perplexities, convictions, and quests of someone who lived through it – in this case, a vocal and inquisitive woman – Renée of France?
Although Renée belonged to the nobility of that time, the course of events kept her focused on some basic questions of faith – the same ones that many of us face. Is faith a private matter? Can we just believe secretly in our hearts? What harm is there in a little pretence? In fact, should we not hide and suppress some aspects of our faith if they offend others? What did Christ mean when he told us to love our enemies? What is the role of the church in our life, especially when we are placed in a position of responsibility? How can God forgive us when we utterly deny him? And how can we ever get back on our feet?
Some of the answers surface in her intimate and moving correspondence with John Calvin, one of the main Reformers of that time. Some may remain unanswered. In any case, the account of her life can give us comfort, hope, and confidence “that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6) in spite of our failings and any situation we have to face. We may then share Renée’s final expressions of deep gratefulness to God who, ‘purely by his goodness and liberality’, has preserved her and us until now.
About 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. Simonetta is author of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series published by Reformation Heritage Books, the (semi)fictionalized biography Weight of a Flame – the Passion of Olympia Morata, published by P&R, and most recently Bitesize Biographies – Renee of France, published by EP Books. 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.