I like history. I really like Christian History. Just take one glance around my office and you will notice that most of the books on my shelves were written by dead guys (actually they wrote the books and then they died). You might also notice a long shelve filled with biographies and still another shelf filled with volumes of Church history. You will also notice a magazine stack of Christian History Magazines. I’m a history guy. I’m a Christian history guy.
So when On This Day in Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories about Saints, Martyrs and Heroes came up for review, I jumped at the chance to review it. And it didn’t disappoint. There are so many things that I like about this book and it is hard to summarize in just a few words, so let me say this… it’s the perfect gift for a guy like me. I can also see it being a great read for someone who is interested in getting a glimps at the people and events of Christian history.
The stories are generally inspiring. There is a scripture verse at the bottom of the page that brings relevance and meaning to the previously read story. There is a fascinating topic index in the back of the book allowing readers to look up stories according to topic. Over all it does a great job at achieving its purpose (a bite sized reading of what happened in Christian history on a particular day) in a way that encourages readers to stay engaged in the book. I dare you to just read one day’s history when you get the book.
I highly recommend On This Day in Christian History to anyone interested in Christian history. To beginners its an easy read, small commitment book that will give you a broad spectrum view of Christian History. To well educated history nerds like myself it will allow you to pull out of a narrowed genre of Church history (I find myself often in the Reformation and the Puritan Eras) to appreciate a broader scope of history in a way that doesn’t take a lot of time. Plus, everyone wants to know what happened in Christian history on your birthday. The retail price is $12.99 (paperback), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $9.35. I really like this book and at under $10 it makes a great dirty Santa gift when you are getting together with history nerds… unfortunately, we are a rare breed. I gave it five stars.
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