Renee of France (Bitesize Biographies)

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Renée of France is little known today, but this fascinating and often controversial woman was a correspondent of Calvin. She loved the Reformation, but in sixteenth century Italy such a position could not be lightly held. Add in a husband (the Duke of Ferrara) who served the pope and was determined to oppose Renée, plus the complexity and intrigues of Italian society of the time, and you have all the ingredients for a gripping biography. Note - This is not a children's book.

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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 questions 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.

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Simonetta Carr was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Besides her busy job as a
mother of eight, she has written for several newspapers and magazines and has
translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. She is author of the
series, Christian Biographies for Young Readers (Reformation Heritage Books)
and of the fictionalized biography Weight of a Flame The Passion of Olympia
Morata (P&R). She lives in Santee, California, with her husband Thomas and
family, and is a member and Sunday school teacher at Christ United Reformed
Church in Santee, CA.

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