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4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  176 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
In an eloquent word painting that could be his most significant and profound work ever, author James Byron Huggins has resurrected the magnificent story of RORA from the yellowing and dusty records of history, robed it in flesh and blood, infused breath and spirit, and created a vivid saga that is part poetry, part painting, part cinema.
-from the forward by Frank Peretti.
Published June 1st 2001 by Lion's Head Publishing
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Stacy Johnson
Sep 23, 2010 Stacy Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Had never heard of this part I'd Christian history, and have been inspired by the example of the Waldenses and their absolute refusal to compromise the gospel for any reason.

Some of the writing and language felt a little forced, and the editing could have been better ("your" for "you're" and other similar typos"), which is why I took away one star, but the story itself deserves all five.
Oct 12, 2008 Helena rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in post medieval history of Europa
Poorly written - or poorly translated.
My editor would never approve with such a bad written story.
Nevertheless I continued reading, since the subject was so very interesting. A (to me) completely unknown part of European history that should never be forgotten.
In that matter: thanks JBH for writing this book.
But please take some writing class or hire another editor.
Apr 13, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
This story is about gruesome battles between the religious group known as the Vaudois or Waldensians, and the Inquisition/Catholic Church, who slaughtered and tried to annihilate their people, deeming them heretics. They lived in the Alps in Italy and tried to defend themselves with trust in God their only motivation. Many were killed in brutal, despicable ways, rivaling the holocaust of more recent times. My ancestry includes some of these people, so I wanted to read the book, but it is not ver ...more
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Mar 10, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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Rora is the story of a small town in the mountains resisting the Spanish Inquisition, led by their brilliant (former military) leader. It took me almost a year to read Rora, because it isn't very gripping, but once I neared the end I started picking up the pace and it was quite exciting. It is by far the most violent book I've ever read, but it isn't senseless and gory. I would highly recommend Rora, but be forewarned, it isn't a light read and you have to be committed to finishing it. With that ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing
Can I give this 6 stars?
I enjoyed this book. It was very fascinating. This is great story about a people who are not always remembered in history books. The writing and editing was very poor.
Mar 30, 2014 Amber rated it it was ok
The ending was a little disappointing, to tell the truth. the build up was so masterful, and it just...ended. i thought it could have been done better. but still, it's a good book, despite the main Christian message. You wouldn't think I'd like a book that kept saying "What chains can hold belong to man. The rest is God's" but I do appreciate the research and attention to detail. Intensely good book. Gorey and Christian. Overall well written, made me think about war and heroes and hypocrisy.
I didn't finish this. I just had a tough time getting to know the characters. It is about an event in history that is very interesting to me, but the endless preparation for battle was just too much.
Sep 26, 2010 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this great book once. I'm now reading it to the kids. I'm certain I will not be able to read it without shedding a tear. I wonder if they will cry with me?
Aug 17, 2010 Smdc rated it it was ok
I tried really hard to like this book, but the writing seemed so stilted, I just couldn't get into the storyline- which should have been great.
Recommended by Julie Kong. About the huguenots.
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A veteran novelist and best-selling author, James Byron Huggins' life story reads more like fiction than fact. His career as a writer began normally enough. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from Troy State University, and then worked as a reporter for the Hartselle Enquirer in Hartselle, Alabama.

Huggins won seven awards while with the newspaper before leaving journalism i
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