At age twenty, Julia Gonzaga was one of the most envied women in Italy. A property owner, she entertained artists, poets, and musicians at her castle; and she was the prettiest woman in the country! Yet Julia was confused and anxious about God and her own sin. No matter how hard she tried not to sin, she often put her desires to please other people before obeying God. She finally found peace when she understood the gospel, and then she devoted her life to sharing the good news with others. Her story, set in the 1500s, gives today’s young readers an opportunity to learn about the unique challenges of the Italian Reformation and some of the Italian Christians who risked and even gave their lives for the sake of Christ.
“Simonetta Carr has again written an excellent book of introduction to a heroic figure of the age of the Reformation. In this book we meet Julia Gonzaga, who embraced the gospel in the most difficult of circumstances and sought to advance the truth in Italy. Her courage, struggles, and commitment continue to inspire us.”
—W. Robert Godfrey, president emeritus and professor emeritus of church history, Westminster Seminary California