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God Still Loves the French

God Still Loves the FrenchGod Still Loves the French is one man’s story of his life and vocation for sharing the gospel with the often misunderstood people of the land of Calvin. It is a collection of autobiographical anecdotes accumulated during twenty plus years in France, first as a student, then as a missionary. Wrestling with matters like the inscrutable nature of calling and the arcane complexities of fund-raising, this personal testimony spans the events of 1973 to 1997. From Paris to Provence, from the classrooms of the Sorbonne to the cafés of Paris, from roads of rural France to life at a French seminary, the narrative contains reflections on customs and politics and spirituality garnered by this servant of the Great Commission in pursuit of the French soul for Christ. 

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Marc was born in 1953 in a French-Canadian Roman Catholic milieu in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He began searching for the meaning of life when he was around sixteen. After getting involved in hallucinogenic drugs and Oriental mysticism at Georgetown University in 1972, he hitchhiked across Europe and stumbled on Francis Schaeffer’s l’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where his Oriental convictions were shaken. He continued on to India where, in April of 1973 in Benares, the Lord dragged him into the Kingdom. His search for truth is the subject of his first book, Discovery on the Katmandu Trail (1983). Marc settled in France in 1973 where, after a year of preliminary language study in Paris, he enrolled at the Reformed Seminary in Aix-en-Provence, there meeting his wife Aline. They were married in March of 1978 and have been blessed with three children, Calix (1980), Justin (1982), and Anaïs (1984).


“An affectionate and often funny portrait of a proud people.”  WORLD MAGAZINE 

A Great Read!, December 12, 2006

Reviewer: F. Rayburn “Florence Rayburn” (Seattle, WA USA) – See all my reviews

Marc Mailloux is a wonderful story teller! As one who has been to France a number of times, has had children live there for a time and has loved learning the French language I found this book full of anecdotes that rang true to my own experience, causing me to laugh or to shake my head in turn. An easy, fun read, thoughtful and thought-provoking. A definite must for anyone wishing to see the Gospel prosper in that dark land.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:A must-read for anyone going to France to live, November 30, 2006

Reviewer: Gareth E. Tonnessen (Milton, DE, USA (southern DE)) – See all my reviews

My Swiss French-speaking wife and I were missionaries for 3 years in Kenya, East Africa but obviously are very familiar with the French scene as well. We feel this book is a must-read for anyone going to France to live and work with the people, but especially for current and prospective missionaries. It should be required reading for missions courses at seminaries and Bible colleges. It is humorous and an easy read, but it contains extremely valuable insights into the people and culture of France. It is also very helpful for anyone going to live or work in another culture. The book’s principles carry over to any cultural setting. Run, don’t walk, to purchase this book.


Don’t leave home without it!, November 28, 2006

Reviewer: Alan Bertaux “ABCO Ent. Inc.” (Bethany Beach, DE USA) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mailloux’s humor reminded me of Daninos’ Les Carnets du Major Thompson, while the travails of a missionary in France had some of the flavor of Bernanos’ Journal d’un Curé de Campagne. Mailloux’s fast pace and colourful idoms make this both an easy read and somewhat of an educational experience. If you happen to have already traveled through France, this book will certainly bring back cultural memories. If you don’t know France, don’t leave the U.S. without having read it first.

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