Book Review: "Lady Jane Grey: Nine Day Queen of England" by Faith Cook

If you’re looking for a book to read this summer, might I suggest Lady Jane Grey: Nine Day Queen of England?

Faith Cook’s biography, Lady Jane Grey: Nine Day Queen of England, is for history buffs. It’s for anyone interested in the Puritans and how they impacted England through their preaching and godly lives. And even more importantly, this portrait of Lady Jane is for anyone looking for a role model of a young girl who stood fast in her faith in perilous times.

From the time of her birth Lady Jane was a political pawn in the hands of power seeking adults. Yet, the Lord surrounded this little girl with great Puritan preachers as her tutors, friends, and fathers in the faith. Faith Cook skillfully introduces the reader to the court of Henry the VIII, the political climate of the time, and the subsequent power struggle that ensued after Henry’s death and led to the tragic circumstances for Lady Jane.

This excellent book is a must read for anyone interested in the monarchy of England, the Puritan reformation, and how the Lord strengthened the faith of one young girl to withstand pressures most adults would find challenging. Lady Jane's story is a testimony that God’s ways are not our ways, that He uses pain and trial to sweeten our faith, and that all who are His will persevere until the end.