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Carol Handy Pens a Religious Historical Novel about the Baha’I Faith

The novel abounds with themes of persecution, suffering, religious freedom, perseverance, self-discovery, and family.


"Journey of Sorrow Journey of Hope" offers a different point of view and some new answers to ancient questions.

In “Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Hope” (Baha’i Publishing; 2014) by Carol Handy, the author weaves historical facts and fiction with adequate touches of drama and spirituality to deliver a compelling narrative that does not only entertain readers; “Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Hope” aims to plant in each reader a seed of spirituality and encourage him or her to nourish that seed and let it grow through travel and self-inquiry.
“Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Hope” opens with a foreword and prologue that narrate the execution - or martyrdom - of the Báb (the Gate in English) for heresy in Tabriz, Persia (modern-day Iran) on July 9, 1850. The novel then proceeds to tell the story of Shirin, an elderly Persian woman whose home is burned down by the Persian government during the persecution of the followers of the Báb. Shirin is forced to flee to Europe, where she falls in love and learns more about her the Bahá’í Faith. Shirin, together with her daughter, embarks on a personal and spiritual journey across foreign lands
“Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Hope” should whet the interests of readers, religious seekers and history buffs among them. How else to share the story of the Bahá’í Faith and impart lessons of hope thorough a novel such as this?
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Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Hope
Author | Carol Handy
Publisher | Baha’i Publishing
Published Date | 2014
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About the Author
Carol Handy attended Grinnell College in Iowa and studied at Michigan State University, as well as Andrews University. She is a published poet and served as the writer/editor of the Bahá’í International News Service in Haifa, Israel from 1989 to 1990. She previously published a Baha’i-themed fairytale titled “The Dragons of Rizvania.” Her proudest accomplishments are her five children, twelve grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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