Weight of a Flame, The Passion of Olympia Morata
(This title is not part of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers. It’s a fictionalized biography for the series Chosen Daughters, published by P&R)
Why write about Olympia Morata? Because the Italian Reformation is generally unknown but in the first part of the 16th century, sparks of Reformed faith burned brightly in Italy. Many groups were meeting for Bible study and prayer, and some members of the clergy were defending biblical doctrines. Of course, the Catholic Church-State could not tolerate such dissent. Italian believers were faced with three choices: compromise and silence, defiance unto death, or voluntary exile.
Olympia’s story underlines the vital role that women played during the Italian Reformation. They organized prayer meetings, supported preachers, and interceded for those who were captured and condemned. Many were enough well-versed in Latin and Greek to be able to judge critically the theological works of their time.
Olympia Morata is a positive role model for many young women, because she lived her faith uncompromisingly until the end. Christ is also uplifted in her life, letters and writings. Read a preview of the book.
A video put together by the Boekestein kids (all under 7) after reading this book.
“Readers will face, with Olympia, the daily dangers and insecurities that accompanied a faithful witness to the truth of the gospel.” – Starr Meade, author of Grandpa’s Box
“In this delightful yet informative historical fiction we meet Olympia, a young girl willing to stand strong for her Christian values in the troubled, changing world of the Reformation.” – Laura E. Smith, educator for 34 years
“With the precision of a scholar and the heart of a storyteller, Simonetta Carr brings to life the story of Olympia Morata, a daughter of the Italian Reformation.” – Eric Landry, executive director of White Horse, Inc., home of Modern Reformation and White Horse Inn
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