Return to the Promised Land

Return to the Promised Land
John Tredgett
John Tredgett Elder at Grace Evangelical Church, Carlisle and Production Editor for Evangelical Times.
22 April, 2022 1 min read

Author: PAULA HILL
Publisher: Published independently
148 pages
Purchase from: Amazon (£5:00)

Chased across the Alps and nearly annihilated, the Waldensians are a people whose story is dramatic and well worth telling.

As early as the 12th century, this proto-Protestant community of believers practised a purer form of Christianity than that of wider Roman Catholic Europe. They had established faith communities in the foothills of north-western Italy, far removed from the reach of papal Rome. Or so they thought.

The Waldensians were declared heretics in the 17th century and faced genocide at the hands of the merciless Catholic forces of Savoy. Fleeing north, they found refuge in the Protestant outpost of Geneva.

In 1689, some 900 armed Waldensians regrouped and resolved to trek back to reclaim their homeland. The twists and turns of that ‘Glorious Return’ are told for us in this engaging narrative by Paula Hill.

The suspense and peril comes across strongly: the Waldensians braved bad weather, food shortages, the Mount Blanc massif, and the pursuit of hostile Savoyard troops.

The author takes time to highlight the protection of God experienced by the Waldensians during their journeys. A memorable episode sees some providential snowfall and fog come to their aid as they evade slaughter at the hands of papal soldiers hot on their tail.

Another highlight comes at the end of the book, where the author challenges Christian readers: are we prepared to stand as firmly for the faith as these men and women were?

John Tredgett

Carlisle

John Tredgett
Elder at Grace Evangelical Church, Carlisle and Production Editor for Evangelical Times.
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