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Vendor: Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Rose Bible Basics Books
Christian History Made Easy summarizes the most important events in the history of the church, from the time of Jesus to modern day. Christian History Made Easy explains early church history, the Church Councils, the Great Schism, the Crusades, Francis of Assisi, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation, and more. Christian History Made Easy presents key church history events and great Christian leaders everyone should know, along with full-color church history timelines, photos, pictures, and maps. The study guide and worksheets in the back makes this book an excellent Bible Study, adults Sunday school topics, or homeschool curriculum. Author Timothy Paul Jones makes Christian history refreshingly fun while at the same time informing Christians about the history of the Christian faith.
Theologian J. I. Packer says Christian History Made Easy is, ...a beautifully simple, beginner-friendly telling of Christian history, a precious heritage.
Christian History Made Easy Covers Major Events in Church History
Early Church History
- The Early Church—Peter and Paul, the Age of the Apostles, The Destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem scatters Christians
- Early Church Fathers
- Persecution of Christians—Emperor Nero and Domitian, Martyrdom of Peter, Paul, Ignaitius, Polycarp, Justin Martyr
- Christianity legalized in the Roman Empire, Emperor Constantine, Christianity the official religion in the Roman Empire
The Byzantine Era
- The Council of Nicaea, The Nicene Creed
- Augustine, Jerome translates the Bible into Latin, St. Patrick
- Fall of the Roman Empire, rise of the Eastern Orthodox Church
- Gregory the Great, Rise of Monasticism
- Rise of Islam and the Islamic Conquest in Europe, Charles Martel, Charlemagne
- East/West Church Schism (Photian Schism), Leif Ericson converts to Christianity
- Great Schism, Hildebrand reforms the church, the Crusades, Lateran Councils, Richard the Lionheart
Pre-Reformation Church History
- Middle Ages, Bubonic Plague, John Wycliffe, the Wycliffe Bible
- The Renaissance, Jan Hus, Joan of Arc, Ottomans capture the Christian city of Constantinople, Johann Gutenberg's printing press
The Protestant Reformation
- Erasmus, Martin Luther, 95 Theses, Ulrich Zwingli, William Tyndale, King Henry VIII, The Geneva Bible, The Matthew's Bible, Church of England history, John Knox, Queen Mary Tudor, Queen Elizabeth I, King James Version Bible
- Galileo, Pilgrim's Progress, Quaker founded, first Protestant missionary societies
The Great Awakening and Church History in America and Europe
- John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, Handel writes the Messiah, Sunday school is developed, John Newton writes Amazing Grace. Divisions over slavery in Baptist history
- Abolition, William Wilberforce, Charles Finney leads revivals, George Muller's faith orphanage, YMCA an YWCA founded, Charles Spurgeon, Salvation Army founded
Church History in the 20th and 21st Century
- Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary to India, Azusa Street, Scofield Bible, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Billy Graham, Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Modern political State of Israel
- C.S. Lewis, major evangelistic crusades in Latin America and Korea, Roman Catholic church apologizes for lack of leadership during the Holocaust
Each Chapter of Christian History Made Easy Includes
- Key events
- Key concepts
- Names you should know
- Terms you should know
- Bible maps and time-lines
- Things to think about
- Clarification of words
- At the end of each chapter is a student guide, student worksheet, learning activity and quiz
Endorsement for Christian History Made Easy
—Dr. Gene A. Stringer, Elder, Christian Church of Ashland, Oregon
Endorsements and biography for Author Timothy Paul Jones
Dr. Timothy Paul Jones is a brilliant young biblical scholar who helps simplify the complex. His [resources] are great and sorely needed during our time when many are biblically illiterate and know even less about Church history.
—Dr. Jerry Newcombe, author, TV host, and spokesperson for Truth that Transforms with Dr. D. James Kennedy (formerly The Coral Ridge Hour)
About the Author: Dr. Timothy Paul Jones
Timothy Paul Jones serves as a professor of Christian ministry and as associate vice president at the Southern Baptist Theological seminary, where he teaches courses in applied apologetics and family ministry.
Before teaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as pastor and associate pastor. Dr. Jones has authored or contributed to more than a dozen books, including PROOF; Conspiracies and the Cross; and, Christian History Made Easy. In 2007, Charles Colson listed him as one of four names you need to know when responding to the new atheists and in 2010, Christian Retailing magazine selected Christian History Made Easy as the book of the year in the field of Christian education.
He is married to Rayann and they have three daughters. The Jones family works in SojournKids and community group ministry at Sojourn Community Church.
A Message from Timothy Paul Jones, author of Christian History Made Easy
My name is Timothy Paul Jones, and I love living in the city of Louisville with my wife and daughters. Over the past two decades, I've had the privilege of leading several congregations as a pastor and in associate ministry roles. Now, I serve as associate professor of leadership and as associate vice president at one of the largest seminaries in the world, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Here, I invest my time in mentoring a rising generation of God-called ministers of the gospel. I also edit The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry and write books in the fields of history, apologetics, and family ministry.
I enjoy spending time with my family, meandering along city streets, visiting baseball parks, drinking French-pressed coffee, eating locally-produced foods, and cooking for friends. My family is involved in children's ministry at the east campus of Sojourn Community Church.
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Notification About Prior Edition
This book is the deluxe full-color edition of the original black-and-white edition. The first edition was ISBN 1890947105 or ISBN 13: 9781890947101 (Product code 416X)
pvlimbaughIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Well Done!March 14, 2018pvlimbaughIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Christian History Made Easy is an extremely well put together book. I am a curious person who is always looking for answers to many things. How we have so many denominations has always had me wondering how they evolved. And, the Bible itself, how did we come to have so many versions?
I found answers to these thoughts/questions and plenty more in this book. The book briefly summarizes the church history throughout the ages touching down at greater length when discussing key figures or moments in history. What I like is enough information is given to address each time period but then the information can be expanded into a further in-depth study with the web references, so you can continue on with your studies if you want.
At the beginning of each chapter is a timeline which basically shows you what is covered in the chapter. In each chapter besides web references, there are key concepts highlighted in a box, pictures, diagrams, and maps pertaining to the subject at hand. You will also find 'In Case' youre confused highlights that help clarify some of the things that are discussed. The 'Think About It' and 'Did You Know' highlights get you thinking about what you have read.
Truly, this makes learning about church history fun and entertaining. The author interjects little quips here and there that lighten the mood while reading. I appreciate that this book is laid out more or less as a tell it like it is format and doesnt try to give an opinion on what is right or wrong. That is left up to you as a reader to accept or reject.
I received an ARC from Rose Publishing at my request for review purposes. I so enjoyed it that I will be ordering a print copy!
Dave5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful resourceDecember 29, 2014DaveQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was purchased for a small group Bible study. Dr. Jones presents church history in a way that provides the reader with an easy to comprehend understanding of what our early church fathers and mothers went through to preserve our rich theological heritage. For the average layperson, this overview will provides excellent understanding. Some of the reviewers evidently expected a doctoral thesis on Christian history. That is not the intent of this book. To those people, I would recommend Justo Gonzalez's 2 volume set "The Story of Christianity" and R. Ward Holder's "Crisis and Renewal, The Era of the Reformations." In fact, Dr. Jones states in his own review that this book was written in his early ministry days for his own church parishioners. I am using this combined with the slides and DVD available in the kit.
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.