Crusade of Tears: A Novel of the Children's Crusade

Crusade of Tears: A Novel of the Children's Crusade

C. D. Baker

C. D. Baker

'Crusade of Tears' is an astonishing tale of courage, perseverance and faith surrounding the tragedy of the Children's Crusade of 1212 in which thousands of German children crossed the Alps in a heart-wrenching attempt to rescue Jerusalem from Islam. Baker paints a masterful portrait of the times, one that blends meticulously researched historical accounts with a compelling plot and an unforgettable assortment of characters. This life-changing story of the redemptive power of suffering speaks to young and old from across the centuries and far into the future.The first of three volumes that make up the 'Journey of Souls Series,' it is suitable for readers twelve to adult.Review"Stories like these are needed, perhaps now more than ever. Baker's thoughtful and meticulous work is a grand, historic tale." Rich Schwartzwelder, award-winning film producer."A beautiful told presentation of a tragic yet inspiring story." Frederica Mathewes-Green, author and commentator for National Public Radio."Crusade of Tears opens up for us a strange episode in the life of the Church in a way that is paradoxically unflinching and tender." Dr. Ken Curtis,  President of Christian History Institute and founder of Christian History magazine.From the AuthorMy first published novel, this was first released as 'Journey of Souls.' Four years of research took me throughout Europe as I traveled the speculated path of the young crusaders. Though the historicity of the Children's Crusade is foggy, to be sure, the core elements of the event have been researched carefully. The characters...most of whom are representative...became so close to me that I could barely wait to write the second volume, 'Quest of Hope.' I hope you will enjoy this difficult, but redemptive journey.
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Quest of Hope: A Novel

Quest of Hope: A Novel

C. D. Baker

C. D. Baker

The second volume in 'The Journey of Souls Series,' 'Quest of Hope' tells the gripping story of Heinrich, the father of two sons who have joined the 'Crusade of Tears.' Against this tragic backdrop, C.D. Baker writes the intense story of Heinrich's youth, the desperate pursuit of his children, and his soul's despair--until he is rescued by Truth. Baker's passionate story-telling and reverent attention to historical detail will break your heart and mend it again. Follow Heinrich in his life's journey and you will discover the liberating power of faith.Review"Historical fiction at its best! Rich with period detail and brimming with adventure, Baker's novel brings to vibrant life the perilous story of the Children's Crusade. The courageous acts of Pieter the priest and his young band of crusaders forced me to examine my own heart. Could I withstand so much for my faith? Could I be so brave? A powerful tale, wonderfully told." Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Thorn in my Heart."Sometimes one can 'live' a book. I lived this one. More important than the power of this story is the power of its impact on my own thinking about redemptive suffering. If you're tired of the shallow, the banal and the boring--this is your book." Dr. Steve Brown, author, teacher.From the AuthorThis was an emotionally charged book to write. A father of two sons, myself, I found the main character's quest to be very personal. I hope you will appreciate the deep valleys and high mountains that our friend, Heinrich, faces. A research trip to northern Germany added a great deal of flavor to my research that I hope you will enjoy.
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Pilgrims of Promise: A Novel

Pilgrims of Promise: A Novel

C. D. Baker

C. D. Baker

In this, the third and final volume of 'The Journey of Souls Series,' the beloved Father Pieter leads his courageous band of longsuffering survivors along their enlightening but perilous adventure toward home. Scorned for their failure, the determined crusaders press forward in a desperate attempt to reach the banks of a river of promise. Journey with them as they...and you...discover the freedom available to those who who redeem hardship as they endure in hope. Suitable for readers twelve to adult.Review"Baker's superb ability to weave grace, truth, and redemption into a centuries-old story is amazing. The questions he raises about God's role in the lives of his creations are disturbing, yet challenging. You must read it to believe it." Dr. Gordon Loux, Founder of mygivingcoach.com. From the AuthorThis final chapter of the Journey of Souls Series ended a full decade of deep attachment to the characters I hope you've come to love. This final journey returned me to Europe for a fourth and final journey of discovery along the Crusader's trail. I hope you will find the joy of freedom as you turn the final pages.
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