Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Marie Durand - By Simonetta Carr

Marie Durand by Simonetta Carr is an interesting, though short, account of the Christian lady.  I didn't know anything about Marie before reading this biography, the name sounded familiar but didn't point to any substantive information in my mind. Now, I understand that she was a French lady living during the 1700s who was imprisoned on account of her brother's being a pastor.  She could have gotten out of prison by denying the faith but did not do so and stayed in in prison for 38 years.   

Marie Durand Book Cover
There are interesting illustrations throughout, and also photographs of items and places from Durand's era.  At the end of the book there is a pronunciation key to help one read and pronounce the French words, a 'Did You Know?' section giving more information about the people and lifestyle of that era, and a letter from Marie to her niece Anne.  Also, I liked the Epilogue, where Carr gives an overview of what happened after Marie died. The 'Age of Reason' or Enlightenment was critiqued quite well, and I think in a way that even young children will understand.  Here is a small excerpt:  "During that Age of Reason, or Enlightenment, as that time became known, they started to reject or ignore most teachings human beings can't fully explain, such as that God works miracles, that Jesus is God, or that God is one in three persons."  I especially liked the statement she gives of Paul Rabaut in this section where he states that, "I will not reject a mystery for the only reason that it cannot be understood."  That is a statement that still fits today.  

The only thing that I believe would make this book better would be for it to have a list of other books of Marie Durand and the times in which she lived, so that any children (or adults) who get a thirst for more information on, or a deeper look at, the subject would have some suggested resources already on hand.  But, despite its shortness, this biographical overview is quite inspiring, it shows children (and adults) a Christian whose faith they may strive to imitate.   

Many thanks to the people at Cross Focused Reviews for sending me a review copy of this book(My review did not have to be favorable.
 

One of the places this book may be purchased is at Amazon.com

5 comments:

  1. Thank you Sarah for this lovely review. I am glad Marie has been of encouragement to you. Thank you also for the suggestion about adding a bibliography or a section of useful resources. I had already suggested it to my publisher, but I will remind him again. On the other hand, all the books on Marie and her family are in French! I have a friend who is planning to translate them into English. If you are interested, I will be glad to share the titles with you.

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  2. Thank you Sarah for this lovely review. I am glad Marie has been of encouragement to you. Thank you also for the suggestion about adding a bibliography or a section of useful resources. I had already suggested it to my publisher, but I will remind him again. On the other hand, all the books on Marie and her family are in French! I have a friend who is planning to translate them into English. If you are interested, I will be glad to share the titles with you.

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    1. Hi Simonetta! Sure, I'd love to have a the list. This is for the books that will be translated, correct? I'm not bilingual, so I need to stick with English. But, some of my sisters are studying French, so the French versions might be some good ideas I could use for Christmas presents. :)

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  3. Yes, everything is in French. Here is a book about Pierre http://www.priceminister.com/offer/buy/1108807/Collectif-Pierre-Durand-Restaurateur-Livre.html
    and one about Marie http://www.amazon.com/Lettres-Marie-Durand-1711-1776-Prisoni%C3%A8re/dp/285998187X
    This is also good about their family http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9782902916436

    You can also do a google search and find many articles about her, but they are mostly in French. It's a story that deserves to be told in English, especially since the letters she and her brother wrote are very moving and gospel-filled.

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    1. Thanks so much! I'll definitely look into them.

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