Simonetta Carr

Simonetta Carr is the author of numerous books, including Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia through a Mother’s Eyes, and the series Christian Biographies for Young Readers (Reformation Heritage Books).
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The upcoming seventeen-hundredth anniversary of the Council of Nicaea in 2025 gives us an incentive to learn more about that pivotal time in history and the creed that came of it. To this end, one can scarcely find a more accessible source than Phillip Cary’s new book [...]

Simonetta Carr
Phillip Cary
Tuesday, December 19th 2023

Women in World Christianity: Building and Sustaining a Global Movement is introduced as “the first textbook to focus on women’s experiences in the founding, spread, and continuation of the Christian faith.” It is, in effect, meant as a primary textbook “for both introductory courses [...]

Simonetta Carr
Monday, November 13th 2023

As a person who has lived without a study Bible for most of my life (I received my first one four or five years ago), I am still warming up to their usage. In my view, the value of a study Bible edited by trusted authors is in its useful comments and exegetical tools, which […]

Simonetta Carr
Thursday, July 20th 2023

Oxford University Press | 2022 | 288 pages (hardcover) | $100.00 When I first noticed the publication of Dissenting Daughters: Reformed Women in the Dutch Republic, 1572–1725, I was curious to read it. It revealed, the description said, the vital contribution made by devout women “to the spread and practice of the Reformed faith […]

Simonetta Carr
Wednesday, March 1st 2023

I don’t usually buy devotionals. I find it difficult to stay faithful to one book (apart from the Bible) for a year. But Daily Readings—John Owen, edited by Lee Gatiss, is something entirely different. First, this is the first devotional made up of excerpts of writings by John Owen. It’s a surprising realization, given the […]

Simonetta Carr
Monday, January 9th 2023

“Who knows what true loneliness is?” Joseph Conrad famously said. “Not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask.”[1] At first sight, loneliness seems easy to define. During the pandemic, a wave of concerns arose on behalf of people who suddenly found themselves isolated, especially the elderly and […]

Simonetta Carr
Wednesday, November 30th 2022

You pledge to be together for better, for worse, in sickness, and in health. But what if this sickness affects the mind, so much that your spouse seems different than the person you married? What if there are hints of danger, making you fear for your spouse’s safety and that of your family? In most […]

Simonetta Carr
Monday, July 11th 2022

With so few biographical resources on Girolamo Zanchi (1516-1590), The Spiritual Marriage between Christ and His Church and Every One of the Faithful is worth reading even just for the introduction O’Banion includes in its first pages. His biographical sketch does more than fill a gap in the history of the Protestant Reformation. It is […]

Simonetta Carr
Monday, February 14th 2022

Her contemporaries called her “the Queen of the Methodists,”[1] “Lady Bountiful,”[2] “a Mother in Israel,”[3] “a Mother to the poor,”[4] and “a star of the first magnitude in the firmament of the church.”[5] Philip Doddridge went as far as saying he had never seen “so much of the image of God in a woman upon […]

Simonetta Carr
Monday, January 3rd 2022

Most people with a basic knowledge of English history have heard the name of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, the only one in the list that could be said to have “survived” without experiencing a divorce. Few, however, are familiar with her story, and even fewer with her writings. In fact, her […]

Simonetta Carr
Wednesday, November 24th 2021

The Writings of Phillis WheatleyEdited by Vincent CarrettaOxford University Press, 2019288 pages (hardcover), $125.00 What do we know about Phillis Wheatley? A small poll among my Facebook friends (the thirty-eight who replied) showed that about one-third has never heard of her, over one-third has heard of her but knows little, and less than one-third is […]

Simonetta Carr
Vincent Carretta
Monday, March 1st 2021

In 1643, Princess Elisabeth of the Palatinate asked the philosopher René Descartes for some explanations about his theories on the distinction about the body and the mind – the same mind he had made the starting point for the confirmation of all knowledge in his Cogito ergo sum argument (“I think, therefore I am”). Elisabeth, […]

Simonetta Carr
Wednesday, September 9th 2020

Scientists disagree on its causes, treatment, and prevention. Government regulations seem slow and, in some cases, counter-productive. Truth is elusive, yet many claim to have it. I must be talking about Covid-19, right? Actually, no, I was talking about mental illness. There is a sense in which, when coronavirus first invaded our news channels, some […]

Simonetta Carr
Thursday, July 9th 2020

A couple of weeks ago, my pastor challenged the congregation with a weighty thought: our eagerness to reopen our church should not be self-centered. These words lingered in my mind long after the sermon was over. What would be a self-centered reason to reopen? A desire to claim our right to return to church? A […]

Simonetta Carr
Tuesday, June 9th 2020

In the midst of our varied responses to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown – responses that range from apathy to anger – it’s easy to forget those who are normally neglected under the best circumstances, including people who live with or around some form of mental illness. For many of them, this current combination of […]

Simonetta Carr
Wednesday, April 29th 2020

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

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