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In 1730, 19-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 38 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 accompany this detailed and well-told story. Recommended for ages 7 to 12 years.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Reformation Heritage / Soli Deo Gloria
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 1601783906
ISBN-13: 9781601783905
Ages: 7-12
Series: Christian Biographies for Young Readers

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  1. Jaim
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a great book!
    July 16, 2015
    Jaim
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a great book! I read this book not knowing anything about Marie Durand, but by the end was amazed at her testimony that she carried, through her suffering, of the Lord Jesus. She was only 19 years old when imprisoned for, I would say her faith because that is what kept her in prison, however, she was initially imprisoned because of her brother. He was a Protestant preacher and during this time in France that was outlawed. So because of that the officials arrested Marie, her fianc and her dad. Her dad was set free after 13 years and her fianc shortly after that. However, Marie, along with a number of other women, were kept in prison for a very long time. Marie was there for 38 years! Through it all she was known as a follower of Jesus and a great encouragement to people she came in contact with. The woman that were in prison with her and the guards all regarded her with respect. Even some really high up people respected her. Through it all she loved Christ and shared Him with others.

    This book is written for a younger audience and they would be able to understand it well. It has some very nice pictures that show where Marie was held and certain landmarks of her life. I thought it was cool to see that a lot of these places were still in France. It was very educational.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this book as well as the others in this series. They are fantastic tools to teach our children great history and a source of encouragement knowing that other believers have gone before us and have suffered greatly.

    The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Cross Focused Reviews.
  2. Gazpacho
    Harrison, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The touching story of the Durand Family in France when it was illegal to be a Protestant
    July 15, 2015
    Gazpacho
    Harrison, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
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    The era was long after the inception of the Protestant Reformation, but before "The Age of Enlightenment" as some modern history books call it. Marie Durand was born into a world where the ability to worship God according to their consciences was illegal. Parents had to make compromises to live in peace. Marie had an older brother, Pierre, who loved the Lord in spite of his public education. When he became an adult, he decided to become a Protestant pastor. It was a risky decision because his illegal activities put his entire family in danger of being imprisoned. One day a spy in the congregation informed the authorities of his activities. Because the home where he conducted worship services belonged to his mother, she was arrested and sent to prison. She died there seven years later. Marie was only seven years old. Pierre escaped to Switzerland where he sought further education and training to become a pastor.

    Several years later, soldiers raided the Durand home where they found hidden Bibles, hymnals and their father's diaries. The government used these as evidence of Pierre's crimes. They arrested Marie and Pierre's father because he was related to a criminal. He was sent to prison where he stayed for a long time. Marie was left alone at the family estate when she was only 17. Shortly after that, she became engaged to a family friend. They only enjoyed their engagement for a few months before they were both arrested and sent to separate prisons, again for being related to Pierre. The remainder of this 64-page book focuses on the thirty-eight years Marie spent in the Prison of Constance. It was there that her numerous letters guided and encouraged the hearts of many Christians, including her family in exile and family in prison.

    Opening the copy of the book I was to review, I was immediately impressed with the physical quality. It is of legacy quality construction in the way it is bound. The pages are sturdy, glossy, thick, and smooth to the touch. This book is a great addition to any child's book library. The author, Simonetta Carr, partnered with illustrator Matt Abraxas whose oils fit the time period they portray. All the illustrations he contributed to this book depict incidences of deeply emotional moments and personal relationships. It's the type of art I would want my children or grandchildren to spend time with and learn from.

    While this is a children's picture book, young readers would appreciate the story line, the extra information the photographs offer, the timeline of events laid out in the final portion of the book, the pronunciation key of terms and important names mentioned on the pages. The author also provides a copy of a letter Marie wrote to her niece while she was still in prison and some fascinating historical background that influenced the story line.

    Finally, Mrs. Carr's writing style makes this piece of history come alive for the parent, the reader, the listener, the visual learner, the art enthusiast, and the teacher. It is a flexible book which fits many needs. I highly recommend it for its educational value and for personal pleasure.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC) on behalf of Reformation Heritage Books. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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