Most of us are more familiar with the events of the reformation in Germany and England than in France or Spain. Do you remember a Reformation Day fair that your local church put on? It probably featured the nailing of the 95 Theses by Luther in his monkish robe to the church door in Wittenberg. You may also remember that Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, had ordered Luther to appear before the Diet in Worms to answer for his “heretical” views.
Now Charles V was actually a Spaniard and not a German. Spain had been in league with the Pope in Rome for a long time and persecuted any and all who gave the Lutheran “heresies” an ear.
That is the backdrop of the historical novel “My Escape from the Auto De Fe at Valladolid”. The Auto De Fe is an arm or the Spanish Inquisition from which there was no deliverance and no escape. That is about where this incredible story begins. The names of the hero and the immediate antagonists may be fictional but the account itself, the times and the places are not. Liberty, freedom of religion, and the rights of conscience have been won by the reformers and countless “heretics” who paid the standard price for these inalienable rights: persecution, torture, and death. Jesus said “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.” (Mat. 16:25)
My family and I couldn’t put the book down. It will forever be an unforgettable reading experience for all of us.
Paperback, 138 pages, $11.95 available at the Homeschool Hangout Bookstore
After continually getting asked what books we would recommend for different ages, we came up with the idea of making a blog where our family can post reviews of the books we have read recently and enjoyed! We hope this might be beneficial and helpful in finding books that are wholesome and appropriate.
My guess is that each family member will usually post on what they enjoy reading the most which means; Hanno will write reviews on science books or history books, Peggy will take on whatever she can get her hands on before the kids get it, Lydia will share good history reads, Abby will work on the classics or such, Oliver will go into such books as the Balantine Books or any good adventure book , and Jenny will fill you in on whichever girly book she has recently enjoyed.
Feel free to leave us comments and let us know what you think!
-The Berg Family