Carr, Simonetta. Renee of France. England: Evangelical Press Books, 2013. 128 pp. Purchase at Amazon for less.
Simonetta Carr has become one of my personal favorite authors. She has done more for children’s literature in terms of biographies than any author I have read. You can read my reviews as well as my interview of Simonetta here. You can also become a “fan” of her Christian Biographies for Young Readers series on Facebook.
Renee lived in the 1600′s and wound up right in the middle of the Reformation (she was seven when Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg church door). Carr traces Renee’s thoughts as she struggles with what to believe and, more importantly, why she should believe it. She was a tender-hearted woman who wanted to please God.
Carr does an excellent job staying objective in her treatment of this controversial woman of the Reformation. For the Roman Catholic Church believes she was deceived by John Calvin and the other Reformers while the Protestants believe her to be a champion of the Reformation.
I liked that Carr let Renee do the talking for herself so to speak in order that the reader could get a better feel for the inner turmoil taking place in her life as the war of Reformation took place all over Europe. More importantly, Carr masterfully shows what it means to be a Berean and to search the Scriptures along with seeking the insight of great thinkers all the while looking to the Bible for confirmation.
Simonetta Carr has done it again in this superbly written biography! Renee of France will provide much insight into the horrendous pressure to choose a side in what we call the Reformation. This work is recommended highly to all Christians, young and old, who want to know more about their heritage from which they come.