Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint

JOAN: THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF THE HERETIC WHO BECAME A SAINT: Donald Spoto: Harpercollins: Biography: 222 pgs.

A fascinating biography of an equally fascinating figure in history. Donald Spoto, most known for his biographies on pop culture icons like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean, turns his considerable talent to describing the life and character of Joan of Arc. He tells of her early life and military career, setting the stage for a suspenseful day-by-day account of the final year of her life which included her trial, conviction, and execution.

I really loved this book. I was not familiar with the facts concerning the life of this strong and courageous young woman. But in just over 200 pages, I became a true believer. Spoto describes a young woman who knew God had given her a mission and no one could cause her to forsake that mission or deny the God who had given it to her. I can highly recommend this book for any reader.


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