Not a bad book. Not a great book. Just an OK book. Dozens of books like it around, nothing that makes it stand out from the crowd. Not bad as a reference book but I have others that are better and provide more in depth informaton. Expected more from a Zonderban publication.
One review I read before writing mine said this book was only good for kindling! REALLY? Why are some people so critical of another brother or sister in Christ's work. We should all be appreciative of the diligence of others, no matter how great or small! OK, I finished preaching, except I agape you anyway! This book will help one's formulation for some of our Church History's foundation knowledge but I recommend for one to delve into any area in the History presented in this book for a much deeper appreciation, like some of the early father's and women's faith, like Perpetua, in some of the worst persecutions and torture to denounce Christ or die! Yeah right kindling, I don't think so!
The author is a skeptic and his account of Christian history is riddled with skepticism and doubt. Even fundamental basic Christian facts are challenged! If you want a book that challenges your faith at every turn then get this book, otherwise you can find far better accounts of Christian history.
Great pre-seminary basic instructive information for the lay pastor deacon or those wanting a fuller understanding of the church growth and its artifaces history both good and not so. Some of its ideology and the thinking of the time. Beautifully rendered with great art and a help for students looking for time period info and the thinking of those eras. Maintains continuity.