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Wings Like a Dove: The Courage of Queen Jeanne D'Albret (Chosen Daughters) Paperback – March 12, 2006
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"Wings like a Dove presents a compelling look at one of the heroic women of the Reformation--Jeanne d'Albret. Christine Farenhorst's book transports you back in time, to an age that may seem romantic from this vantage point, but was actually filled with immense dangers and challenges to those who loved God. I couldn't put it down!" --Diana Waring, international speaker and author of History Alive! curriculum
"Skillfully weaves accurate details of setting, character, and issues of faith into this compelling and inspiring account." --Clifford Van Dyken, teacher, Heritage Christian School, Jordan Station, Ontario
About the Author
Christine Farenhorst, author and poet, has written Amazing Stories from Times Past, The Great Escape, Wings like a Dove, and Before My Mother's Womb. Christine and her husband, Anco, have five children, nineteen grandchildren, a dog, and ten chickens.
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However, the first two thirds of the book had very little spiritual content, probably because Queen Jeanne was not yet a Christian. I found it a little surprising that it focused so much on her childhood and skimmed over much of her older years which were also her Christian years. I'm assuming the author wanted to focus on her childhood since the book is for children, but I would've liked to have known more about her life as a Christian since this is when she did the most good for God's kingdom.
There are a lot of characters in the story and you have to pay attention to remember who is who or sometimes I just gave up and tried to follow the general outline of the story, which was interesting enough itself. There were a number of good lessons to learn, particularly that a handsome and charming man does not necessarily make the best husband, that doing what is right often brings suffering and that good people sometimes do things very, very wrong.
The story is set in the time of the Reformation (1517-1559) which was a time of religious persecution for the Huguenots. The Huguenots were a group of French Protestants who criticized the Roman Catholic Church, specifically the many rites and rituals of the church. The Huguenots thought that Christians should live their lives with simple faith in God. They relied on God for their salvation, not on the rituals of the Church.
While growing up, Jeanne became aware of the injustices done towards the Huguenots. They were killed and persecuted for their faith. She didn't like the way they were treated just because they stood up for what they believed. When she became Queen, she chose to publicly take a stand for the Huguenot faith.
Like Margaret Wilson in "Against the Tide: The Valor of Margaret Wilson," another book in this series, Jeanne D'Albret was strong enough to stand up for what was right and just, even though her parents, and even her husband, weren't.
There is a glossary of terms at the end of the book that defines some of the words used in the text that might not be familiar to the reader.
What I Like: As I've said before, I like historical fiction, especially stories that are written as well as this one.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review