Later this summer the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) will be publishing, as a Book Club offering, Gottschalk: Servant of God, A Story of Courage, Faith, and Love for the Truth, written by Connie L. Meyer. This biography is about a French monk who lived in the ninth century and suffered for his belief and advocacy of double predestination. Gottschalk’s life, rich in dramatic events, was an integral part of the cultural and political life of Germany, France, Italy and Croatia at the dawn of their histories. However, Gottschalk still remains in the shadow of his more famous contemporaries. The book has been written to be enjoyed by junior high and high school readers. Because the story is intriguing, adults will also enjoy this history and find the reading profitable.
This book represents a new venture for the RFPA but does not signal a direction away from the theological and doctrinal books that we have published throughout our history. For several years the RFPA has discussed publishing books for younger readers and Gottschalk: Servant of God represents our first effort. Our future plans do not include offering these books for younger readers as RFPA Book Club selections. A likely possibility is a separate Book Club for the younger reader-level publications.
These were the Dark Ages, the days of knights and castles and kings and queens, of monasteries, Vikings, and monks. But one monk stood out from all the rest. One monk stood firm for the truth he believed though no one stood with him at all. This is the story of Gottschalk of Orbais, a light of truth in the darkness of his age—a light of truth in ours.