The River of Grace
The Story of John Calvin
This is the only biography of Calvin available for young people. Joyce focuses on Calvin’s childhood and youth, tracing his days at the university and the circumstances of his conversion. She traces his early and precocious leadership of the Protestants in France, and his flight to Basel, Strassburg, and Geneva when King Francis I began executing Protestants.
The result is a warm and affectionate picture of the leader of the second generation of the Protestant Reformation. This is a book worth reading out loud to younger students; older students and adults will find it a valuable introduction and aid in understanding the author of the Institutes of the Christian Religion.
About the Author
Joyce McPherson is the author of the Camp Hawthorne series as well as biographies and abridged Shakespeare plays for young people. She is also the mother of nine children who give her good advice for her stories. In her spare time she enjoys reading history, working with young people, and directing Shakespeare plays. Besides The River of Grace she has also written The Ocean of Truth: The Story of Sir Isaac Newton; A Piece of the Mountain: The Story of Blaise Pascal; Sword of the Spirit: The Story of William Tyndale; Springs of Hope: The Story of Johann Sebastian Bach; and Artist of the Reformation: The Story of Albrecht Durer