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The Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin

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Set amidst the backdrop of the scholarship and humanism of renaissance France — and its love of luxury, power, and decadence — this fast-paced biographical novel on John Calvin is told from the perspective of a fictional rival, Jean-Louise, whose envy escalates to violent intrigue and shameless betrayal. As Calvin’s personal valet, Jean-Louise is determined to sell all for a convoluted allegiance to the King of France and the jealous Doctors of the Sorbonne — even if it costs him his own soul. This is a story of royal intrigue, desperate escapes, violent martyrdom, hazard-all romance and loss, high-risk debate, and sword-point confession. In essence, this tale is how God uses the humility and unflinching faithfulness of one man to break down the barrenness and bitterness of another, all accomplished by God’s grace.

Tim Challies describes the book as follows:

The Betrayal…comes from the pen of Douglas Bond who has written several historical fiction novels in the past. In this new book, he writes from the perspective of a lifelong sworn enemy of Calvin—a boy who grows up in the same town and who, as a man, remains involved with Calvin’s life to the very end. As the publisher says, “This fast-paced biographical novel is a tale of envy that escalates to violent intrigue and shameless betrayal.” I hesitate to say too much about the plot lest I inadvertently ruin it for those who would like to read the book….

Joel Beeke, who has written several books on Calvin and his thought, writes:

Douglas Bond introduces John Calvin to us in a gripping way, colorfully taking us back to Geneva and its times, unveiling Calvin as the principled man of action, commitment, and love that he was. The Betrayal makes for an exciting read, showing the great Reformer’s heart for theology, piety, and doxology, while almost effortlessly and implicitly undoing caricatures about Calvin along the way. If you want Calvin and his times brought to life in a page-turner, this is the book for you!

In The Betrayal, Bond gives a broad overview of the issues surrounding the Reformation while drawing the reader into the moral and spiritual malaise of the era. Moreover, Bond lets Calvin speak for himself by using words from Calvin’s systematic theology called the Institutes of the Christian Religion. Though Calvin’s theological reflections may be daunting for some, this novel will give readers a deeper appreciation for his keen insight into the doctrines of the Bible and his passion for the truth.


Grade: 9th – Adult
Text: 383 pages

ISBN: 1596381256

ISBN-13: 9781596381254


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Enter the brilliance and decadence of renaissance France in this fast-paced biographical novel on John Calvin. Told from the perspective of a rival whose envy escalates to violent intrigue and shameless betrayal, JEAN CAUVIN is a tale of how God uses the humility and unflinching faithfulness of Calvin to break down the barrenness and bitterness of a chief of sinners—all accomplished by grace alone.The Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin by Douglas Bond 9781596381254
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