‘ 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.
“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 Author
My 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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