January 26, 2009

Book Review: The Princess Adelina

My parents gave The Princess Adelina (by Julie Sutter) to me for Christmas and I simply adore it! Once I started reading I almost couldn’t put it down!

In this beautiful tale the Christian maiden, Adelina, lives in Germany around the year 703 A.D. in her Irish missionary community. Her life is simple until Heden, the new pagan ruler, falls “head over heels” in love with her and orders her to be his bride. As a gift to his new wife, Heden allows the Christians to worship God and evangelize without barriers, sharing the Gospel with his people. But the ruler’s mother despises Adelina, the Christians, and their God; wanting instead heathen practices and false god worship.

Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:

“Based on a true story, this Esther-like tale recounts the deeds of the courageous Adelina of the ancient German Culdee church as she endures and overcomes persecution, slander, exile, and the impending destruction of her people, being used by God as Princess Adelina, to see the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shine forth and prevail!”

I liked that even when things got tough Adelina trusted God and persevered. I also enjoyed how the book was set in the times of kings and queens in the middle ages. Another thing I liked was that Adelina acted like a Proverbs 31 woman by being faithful and honorable to her husband, also by “opening her arms to the poor and extending her hands to the needy”.

I rate this book with 5-stars and recommend it for all women and young ladies.


  1. Catz,
    Our family found and republished Princess Adelina through Vision Forum. We have our own site for the book at http://princess adelina.com, and are collecting reviews to share there.
    May I use yours? And if I do, would you like me to link back to your post here?
    Life in a Shoe


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