- Series: Christian Biographies for Young Readers
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (June 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601783906
- ISBN-13: 978-1601783905
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
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Marie Durand - Christian Biographies for Young Readers Hardcover – June 10, 2015
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"Simonetta Carr tells this story very simply, but with many details. So we can imagine the difficult life of French Protestants in the 18th century. We can marvel at their faith and their perseverance. The beautiful illustrations by Matt Abraxas help us to understand this story of grace and intolerance, to commune with these ordinary women who didn't want to deny their faith." (Dr. Yves Krumenacker, Professor of Modern History, University of Lyon)
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Born in the enchanting region between the Rhone River and the Massif Central mountains in southern France, Marie Durand chose to spend most of her life in a dark, unhealthy prison rather than following a religion she considered contraryto the teachings of Christ.
Over the years, Marie's story has encouraged many believers to trust the same "God of mercy" who faithfully sustained her faith. Especially in France, she has become a symbol of resistance and perseverance. Her letters have also helped historians to understand how prisoners lived at the Tower of Constance and how Protestants helped each other during the persecution in France.
Of course, Marie never imagined her life would still be remembered three hundred years after her birth. Through both her long and terrible imprisonment, and her time of poverty and disappointments back home, she simply continued to do what God called her to do every day, keeping her eyes on the future "triumph of glory," loving those around her, and thanking God for what she described as "the honor of wearing His uniform for His just cause."
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Marie Durand was born in 1711 in France. During this period, it was against the law to be Protestant. If you were caught the penalties were very severe, even death. Because of her family's refusal to compromise their beliefs, Marie was imprisoned at the age of 19. There were opportunities for release, but only if the prisoners would recant their faith, take the mass, and embrace Roman Catholicism. Marie refused and became a rallying point for the other women detainees. As she was literate, she wrote letters requesting aid and advocating for their freedom. She also taught the Bible and basic school subjects to the children who were confined with their mothers. Marie clung to the promises of God, encouraged those around her, and remained faithful by God's grace. She was released after 38 years at age 57.
"Marie Durand" is another excellent addition to the "Christian Biographies for Young Readers" series. Author Simonetta Carr is truly gifted in being able to remain faithful to the life story of her subject and relate it in a way that grabs the interest of her target audience. I also appreciate that she does not minimize the suffering of Marie and her family, but it is described in language that is suitable for the age of her readers. The illustrations by Matt Abraxas complement the text beautifully.
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.
I received a copy of this book from Reformation Heritage Books via Cross Focused Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Marie's life is instructive, answering the timely question, "How should we live in the midst of persecution?" We see how God sustained her and enabled her to live a life of persistence, resolve, and faithfulness throughout her imprisonment. Although she spent time writing letters to secure provisions and request release for herself and the other prisoners, she did not allow these matters to consume her overly or prevent her from living a fruitful life but "…simply continued to do what God called her to do every day, keeping her eyes on the future 'triumph of glory,' loving those around her, and thanking God for what she described as 'the honor of wearing His uniform for His just cause" (pg. 53).
Marie Durand is the ninth book in the "Christian Biographies for Young Readers" series, and the second of these biographies to highlight a female. It is enhanced by a letter from Marie to her niece, Anne, which is included at the end of the book and reflects Marie's humility and hope in God. This seems particularly fitting since much of what is known about this fairly ordinary woman is a result of her correspondence.
When it comes to church history, "Christian Biographies for Young Readers" is one of our family's favorite series for children. As I've written before, Ms. Carr is a very gifted author and one of my personal favorites as her writing has a purpose and depth which exceeds that found in much of written material for children today. I am grateful that she continues to add to this exceptional series!
As with previous volumes in the series, readers of Marie Durand will encounter a carefully researched account that is instructive and edifying. Understanding is aided by a map and a timeline, which Ms. Carr has thoughtfully included. The text is adorned with delightful illustrations and well chosen, intriguing photos, as one can see from the sample pages which Reformation Heritage Books has provided. What can't be conveyed in these samples is that these sixty sturdy pages are contained in a hardy hardcover with a stitched binding, making this book a collectible title that will endure many years of enjoyment, as we've come to expect from this high quality series.
I commend the biography, Marie Durand, and pray that many will be strengthened as they seek to persevere in light of God's faithfulness. The profitability of studying the cloud of witnesses who have gone before us cannot be understated!!
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted"(Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV).
You can read more about Simonetta Carr's "Christian Biographies for Young Readers" on her site, as well as, download activity pages for several existing titles (Augustine of Hippo and John Calvin) and a study guide for John Owen.
If this has served you, you may wish to check out my related reviews on Simonetta's books: Jonathan Edwards, John Knox, Lady Jane Grey, Athanasius, Anselm, and Weight of a Flame.
*Many thanks to Cross Focused Reviews, Reformation Heritage Books, and Simonetta Carr for providing me with a complimentary copy of Marie Durand in exchange for my honest opinion!
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