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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Renee of France by Simonetta Carr

Renee of France (Bitesize Biographies)

Renee of France (Bitesize Biographies) by Simonetta Carr

Genre- Christian / Nonfiction

Published by- Evangelical Press

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 128

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, list price $11.99, ISBN: 978-0852349090

Little is known today of Renee of France, but she was a part of the Reformation.  She corresponded with John Calvin and that was not taken well by her husband, the Duke of Ferrara or the pope.  

About the author- Simonetta Carr currently lives in San Diego with her husband and family.  She was born in Italy and has lived in different cultures.  She has home-schooled her eight children.  Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has translated the works of Christian authors into Italian.

My thoughts- I thought this book had some interesting insights about two individuals I have heard of but never really studied.  I am very curious to know more about the relationship that John Calvin and Renee had, after reading the book.  Why did he write her so much?

I liked parts of the introduction because Simonetta Carr was honest and said that the book doesn’t give a definitive answer, gives a brief look at Renee’s life, and is based on the correspondence of Renee and John Calvin.  The timeline was helpful for me to understand what happened and when.

I learned that Renee was smart and loyal to helping the Protestants who needed help.  I was disappointed to learn that she couldn’t stick with her convictions.  She wanted to make both the Roman Catholics and Protestants happy.

I would recommend this book for recreational reading and those in the older high school grades.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Renee of France by Simonetta Carr for free from Cross Focused Reviews. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. All links were current when posted.


  1. Thank you for your review. Calvin wrote Renée for three main reasons, which I mentioned in the book (pgs. 34-35). First, he says he felt the duty to write because she was in a position of authority and could have benefited the cause of Christ more than most people. Second, he had many things in common with her - they were both French, both away from their land, same age,etc. Third and probably most important, as he also explains in his first letter, he realized that the Holy Spirit was at work in her heart. "I have observed in you such fear of God and faithful disposition to obey him that, even without considering the high rank he has given you among men, I have been able to appreciate the virtues he has conferred on you and would consider myself accursed if I did not take
    advantage of these opportunities to serve you."

    I am glad you have enjoyed this book.


  2. Rani,

    Thanks for being a part of the blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused REviews


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