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Poor Banished Children - A Novel

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An explosion is heard off the coast of seventeenth-century England, and a woman washes up on the shore. She is barely alive and does not speak English, but she asks for a priest . . . in Latin.

She has a confession to make and a story to tell, but who is she and from where has she come?

Cast out of her superstitious, Maltese family, Warda turns to begging and stealing until she is fostered by an understanding Catholic priest who teaches her the art of healing. Her willful nature and hard-earned independence make her unfit for marriage, and so the good priest sends Warda to serve an anchorite, in the hope that his protégé will discern a religious vocation.

Such a calling Warda never has the opportunity to hear. Barbary pirates raid her village, capture her and sell her into slavery in Muslim North Africa. In the merciless land of Warda's captivity, her wits, nerve, and self-respect are tested daily, as she struggles to survive without submitting to total and permanent enslavement. As she is slowly worn down by the brutality of her circumstances, she comes to believe that God has abandoned her and falls into despair, hatred, and a pattern of behavior which, ironically, mirrors that of her masters.

Poor Banished Children is the tale of one woman's relentless search for freedom and redemption. The historical novel raises challenging questions about the nature of courage, free will, and ultimately salvation.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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1586176323
9781586176327
299
8 1/10"  (20.5 cm) x 5 2/5"  (13.7 cm)
More Ignatius Press Gifts (About Ignatius Press)
2011

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This item received 5 stars overall. An intriguing novel that explores the ideas of freedom, salvation and death

Poor Banished Children by Fiorella de Maria is an engaging story of the life of a young woman named Warda.  As the reader follows the extraordinary events of Warda’s life, the reader is confronted with some of the most important themes in life, such as salvation, true freedom and death.         

As a young girl family, Warda is ostracized by her family after the death of her father.   A kind priest adopts Warda and guides her from the immoral, undisciplined life of a street child to the devotional life of a religious sister.  The reader rejoices with Warda as she develops a love for God and a love for learning. The priest not only offers Warda the comfort and peace of a religious life, but he also teaches her how to read, write and practice medicine.

One night before Warda takes her religious vows, Full Review...

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