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Vendor: Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
Availability: In Stock
Series: Rose Bible Basics
Christian History Made Easy summarizes the most important events in Christian history from the time of Jesus to today in 12 easy-to-read chapters. Christian History Made Easy presents key events and people every Christian should know, along with time lines, worksheets, websites, photos, maps and illustrations. The study guide in the back makes this book an excellent study for any group, including new believers' classes. It also tackles topics popularized by today's media: the reliability of the Bible, the accurate transmission of the biblical text throughout time, and sensationalized attacks on the Gospels.
Theologian J. I. Packer says that Christian History Made Easy is, ...a beautifully simple, beginner-friendly telling of Christian history, a precious heritage.
What do you know about Christian history? Here's your chance to test yourself, or to launch a 13-week study on the book Christian History Made Easy, a Christian book that contains a study guide with notes that add to the chapters. Author Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D., makes Christian history refreshingly fun while at the same time informing believers about the history of the Christian faith.
Ann5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent reviewJune 27, 2014AnnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Timothy Paul Jones, PhD wrote a colorful and well organized 224 page guide book. Each lesson takes a specific period of time and lists events, names, and terms every Christian should know. I have to admit history is not easy for me, it was never my favorite subject, but Dr. Jones book has taught me more history of my faith than any other course. The book has an abundance of photos and paintings for each period. Timelines, key concepts, quotes from Church founders and links to information on the web fill the pages of this resource book. "In case you are confused" "Did you know?" insert boxes are filled with explanations and fun facts that liven up the pages. History can be dry, but this book is a pleasure to pick up over and over again. A variety of learning activities from crossword puzzles to fill in the blank will help participants remember key facts. Resources to lead the study are in the back of the book. Rose Publishing provided this kit for my unbiased review.
FrenchteacherAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding and gorgeous work on Christian historyJanuary 25, 2014FrenchteacherAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found this to be an outstanding introduction to Church history. The gorgeous full-color illustrations on magazine grade paper really made history come to life, getting to see places, illustrations of people from centuries ago, and archaeological artifacts I was reading about simultaneously. The fantastic writing also made it a book that was exciting and hard to put down! (Yes, I never thought I would say this about a history book). Unlike another reviewer, I felt the language was appropriate for a wide variety of audiences; (saying this as a college graduate). The author comes from a Biblically conservative perspective, which I value. Highly recommended!
thinking it overOklahomaAge: Over 65Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5One of the most difficult books I have ever read!October 11, 2010thinking it overOklahomaAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2I must say, having read Jones's book, most of us will gain more insight into church history than we have taken time to study before. It's a good way to finally get into something long neglected.
So what's so difficult? It's 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 publisher's 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 "church history light." 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.
GrewAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5October 5, 2010GrewAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a good history, although brief and occassionally opinionated. It has a great layout and is easy to read and understand.
Elizabeth FalckhAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5May 27, 2010Elizabeth FalckhAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThis 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.
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