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After suffering for decades under religious persecution, Albanians and other Eastern European Christians were allowed to worship more openly following the fall of communism in the 1990!s. In the new picture book, Drita: An Albanian Girl Discovers Her Ancestors' Faith, author Renee Ritsi offers readers a vivid picture of the world of an Albanian girl who finds the Orthodox Christian faith of her ancestors. As this beautifully illustrated story opens, we meet Drita, a young Albanian girl whose family has lived for years under repressive communist rule. After decades of religious oppression, Drita is finally able to discover the faith of her ancestors. As she experiences God's love for her through the example of her grandparents and the teachings of missionaries, she turns her heart toward Christ. At the story's joyful conclusion, Drita is surrounded by her grandparents and friends as she is baptized. Renee Ritsi is a former long-term missionary to both Nairobi, Kenya and Albania and the wife of an Orthodox priest. She now lives in St. Augustine, Florida, where she assists the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in sending short-term teams to serve Orthodox churches around the world. Cameron Thorp is an award-winning artist who works as a freelance illustrator and designer. His clients have included the History Channel, Scholastic, Popular Science, Pfizer, Shell Racing, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Samaritan's Purse. Cameron lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife and six children.