A gripping and moving novel by one of the world's best-loved writers for children. From much-loved author Shirley Hughes comes a thrilling World War II novel for children aged 10 and up. It is 1944 and Florence, Italy, is occupied by Nazi German forces. The Italian resistance movement has not given up hope, though - and neither have Paolo and his sister, Constanza. Both are desperate to fight the occupation, but what can two siblings do against a whole army with only a bicycle to help them? In extraordinary circumstances, people are capable of extraordinary things...
When we ask people these days to tell the story of how they actually came to faith, it often sounds more like a journey than an event, perhaps a journey of years rather days or hours. Often their conversions don't fit what we think of as "normal patterns." Who are these new pilgrims? And how can we, the church, welcome them home? What does it mean to obey the Great Commission in the uncharted waters of our post-Christendom, post-modern world of today. This essay is a brief study of Christian conversion in the light of the dramatic cultural, demographic, and philosophical sea-changes we in Canada and other western countries have experienced in the last half century. Do these changes come as a surprise to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? Of course they do not. He remains the Lord of the harvest. In fact it may be possible to be "born again" more thoroughly now, than at any time in recent history. But today's conversions may look and feel very different.
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