The Betrayal, Leaders of Reformation Series #1
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The Betrayal, Leaders of Reformation Series #1

P & R Publishing / 2009 / Paperback

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Set amidst the backdrop of the scholarship of humanism of renaissance France, and its love of luxury, power, and decadence, this fast-paced biographical novel on John Calvin is told from the perspective of a rival whose envy escalates to violent intrigue. The Betrayal is the tale of the private war of one man who was determined to sell all for an allegiance to the King of France and the jealous intellectuals of the Sorbonne - even if it costs him his own soul.

Get set for royal intrigue, desperate escapes, violent martyrdom, hazard-all romance, painful loss, high-risk debate, and sword-point confession. And learn how God can use the humility and unflinching faithfulness of one man to break down the barrenness and bitterness of another - all accomplished by grace alone.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 388
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1596381256
ISBN-13: 9781596381254
Series: Leaders of Reformation

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The biographical/fictional private, deadly war between reformer John Calvin and Jean-Louis Mourin—a man in the thrall of the King of France and jealous intellectuals from the Sorbonne.

Author Bio

Douglas Bond is the author of a number of books of historical fiction and biography. He and his wife have two daughters and four sons. Bond is an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America, a teacher, a conference speaker, and a leader of church history tours. Visit his website at

Editorial Reviews

Doug Bond's latest novel introduces many to a largely invisible or pre-juducially ignored character: John Calvin. This historical fiction brings Calvin back from an unwarranted oblivion. Thanks to Bond's vivid writing style and thorough acquaintance with the period, readers now have a looking glass into the life and history of a great man. I am pleased to commend this fine book to readers, especially those who will meet Calvin in these pages just in time for the 500th anniversary of his birth.
Another great piece of historical fiction from Douglas Bond! As in his previous books, Bond provides a compelling narrative with clear historical accuracy and rich theological reflection. I don't know if I have ever seen these aspects so compelling combined as in Bond's books. This is why Douglas Bond is one of my family's favorite authors. In this book Bond helps the reader grasp the humanness of Calvin, the manner of life in 17th century Europe and the real struggle for the gospel. This is a great entry way into the life of Calvin and the Reformation in general. It is entertaining and spiritually edifying so I commend it heartily.
Anything Doug Bond writes is, almost now by definition, a fascinating read. But to have his skills attached to the life a John Calvin is a double treat.
Douglas Bond takes us on a journey to Calvin's times and places in a manner most colorful, convincing, and captivating. I felt like I was there.
Douglas Bond introduces John Calvin to us in a gripping way, colorfully taking us back to Geneva and its times, unveiling Calvin as the principled man of action, commitment, and love that he was. The Betrayal makes for an exciting read, showing the great Reformer's heart for theology, piety, and doxology, while almost effortlessly and implicitly undoing caricatures about Calvin along the way. If you want Calvin and his times brought to life in a page-turner, this is the book for you!
The events and ideas of John Calvin are captured in a lively, historical fiction, giving the famous theology a heart and voice. Douglas Bond’s eye for cultural detail frames the debates of the day in a specific time and geography, resulting in a fresh vision for our own times. Well done. With masterful insight, Douglas Bond offers us an illuminating portrait of the life, ministry, and theology of John Calvin. For readers of all ages, this well-researched, historical fiction takes us back to the sixteenth-century Reformation as if we were eye-witnesses of all that God accomplished in and through the life of His humble servant John Calvin.
If you enjoy reading the fictional works of C.S. Lewis, you will love this book.
I just finished reading The Betrayal—thank you, thank you for this wonderful work... I knew I would love your book, but I was unprepared for how it made Calvin's commentary come even more alive for me. The book has drawn me to Calvin's words with a deeper gratitude than ever before. I am grateful.

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