Christian History Made Easy: Rose Bible Basics
One of the most difficult books I have ever read!
I must say, having read JonesÃ¢ÂÂs book, most of us will gain more insight into church history than we have taken time to study before. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a good way to finally get into something long neglected.
So what's so difficult? ItÃ¢ÂÂs not the content, but the slick pages and small font that make this book very difficult to read without using much light, then tilting to avoid the glare. I assume these were the publisherÃ¢ÂÂs salesmanship ideas.
As for content, the book is written on about an eighth grade level, with the text too often interrupted by pronunciation helps and corny quips from the author - apparently trying to lighten the heaviness of history. It is a great style for our microwave society, with limited time and lack of interest in digging deep. I feel sure the author is capable of much deeper work - which, on the other hand, could leave us falling asleep.
Among the positive aspects of the book, it does give an accurate and interesting, however brief, view of church history which may stimulate the reader to find more detailed accounts from deeper writings. The idea of making available a brief readable history of Christianity (compared to a respected seven volume work, for example) is admirable and needed. The overview, opening each chapter and the website suggestions for more information are helpful. The slick artwork is of limited value. I would recommend the book for those with little desire for getting more than an overview of Christian history, preferring a kind of Ã¢ÂÂchurch history light.Ã¢ÂÂ Most of us will come away with a better picture of the past than we had before reading this small volume. I'd like to see us all get at least this much insight.
October 11, 2010
This is a good history, although brief and occassionally opinionated. It has a great layout and is easy to read and understand.
October 5, 2010
This book has been great for giving me an overview of christian history. The pages have interesting side notes and internet links. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get an insight into our christian history.
May 27, 2010