Escape Across the Wide Sea

I have just finished reading a book called Escape Across the Wide Sea.  It’s about a French family of Huguenots that had to flee from France in order to practice their own religion.  The father is called Daniel Bonnet and he is a weaver, the mother is called Jeanne Bonnet, and the boy is also called Daniel.

God challenged the Bonnets to make a choice for following him in a free way or committing to the Catholic Church.  God also challenged the Bonnets to what they thought of slavery and gave them a firsthand look at what slavery was like.  Their response was that slavery is awful and should never haEscape across the Wide Seave been created.  I would respond in the same way most likely, in the belief that we should do whatever possible to get rid of slavery.

God also provided for the Bonnets in ways that were good. He gave them friends to help them along the way as well as, he helped Daniel not lose his leg after it was maimed by a soldiers bayonet, and he helped Jeanne not lose the baby Peter during the hardships of creating their own French colony.  I expected that Daniel would lose his leg to infection. But thanks to God he did not.

Daniel experienced some things that I don’t think should ever have to be experienced by a little kid. He saw firsthand the pain a person can go through for example, how a slave was treated.  What really hurts me is not that he ended up using a crutch his whole life but how he saw how slaves were treated but couldn’t do anything about it.  Slavery makes me feel horrible in every way, and I wish I could have done something about it.  I didn’t learn anything new about how slaves were treated but it was horrible all the same.

The book was sad but they did do a good job with the amount of information they put in about the treatment of slaves.  The way people were treated teaches us about how to treat people now. We need to understand that people are all equal and should be treated the same.

Daniel was drawn to a young slave girl named Seynabou when he met her on the slave ship that took them from France to Senegambia then to Guadeloupe.  She had been taken from her home along with her oldest sister then they were separated when they reached Guadeloupe.  She went from one slave owner to a man named Master Le Conte who gave her to his daughter who went to America along with the Bonnets and started the new colony.  As the story progresses I believe that Daniel will try to buy Seynabou to make her free.

Daniel met many different people and experienced many different cultures, especially when he went to Senegambia.  I feel the same way when I visit the U.S.A., I feel out of place and homesick just like he did.  The author did a good job portraying the feelings of Daniel and his family it was very realistic.  The funny thing is that soon we will be moving to Senegal which used to be part of Senegambia.  It scares me to be moving to Senegal but it’s God’s will and I hope to be part of missionary work very soon in Senegal.  Please pray for me and my family on our move to Senegal.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. johnandjanelb
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 10:34:19

    We are definitely praying here, Sophia. Thanks for your thoughtful post!


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