|In The Fullness of Time: A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church, by Paul L. Maier|
This remarkable book is a compilation of Professor Maier’s earlier books — The First Christmas, The First Easter, and The First Christians — which are hard to find now in print, and is an excellent place to start. It got me on my start over 35 years ago in looking deeper into the history behind the holidays of Christmas and Easter, as well as a more detailed examination of the Acts of the Apostles.
Hardcover: 363 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 9.30 x 6.36
Charts of Ancient and Medieval Church History, by John D. Hannah
This book by Professor Hannah of Dallas Theological Seminary covers Church History from the beginning until the dawn of the Reformation, and some of the elements both inside and outside the Church that fomented the Reformation.
Paperback: 192 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.52 x 10.94 x 8.52
Charts of Reformation and Enlightenment Church History, by John D. Hannah
This covers a 250 year period between the dawn of the Reformation until the beginning of the Modern Era.
Paperback: 128 pages
The Kregel Pictorial Guide to Church History, by John D Hannah
Introductory, concise overview of Church History by Professor Hannah.
Paperback: 32 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.14 x 10.47 x 7.65
|Church History in Plain Language, by Bruce L. Shelley|
This excellent introductory text covers two thousand years of the History of Christianity is an engaging narrative.
Paperback: 544 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.56 x 9.04 x 6.02
Martin Luther – The Early Years, Christian History magazine, Issue 34
This magazine covers the early life of the Reformer. Excellent introductory material for a lay reader.
Martin Luther – The Later Years and Legacy, Christian History magazine, Issue 34
This issue covers the remainder of Luther’s life and the legacy he left behind.
This is the first in Piper’s series of mini-biographies, “The Swans Are Not Silent.” Piper’s approach is devotional rather than historical, but where he touches on history, he is accurate on these three heroes of the faith. In it, he traces the themes of Sovereign Joy, Sacred Study, and The Divine Majesty of the Word.
Hardcover: 158 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.70 x 9.35 x 6.24
Zwingli: Father of the Swiss Reformation, Christian History magazine, Issue 4
Swiss Reformation 1
The Radical Reformation: The Anabaptists, Christian History magazine, Issue 5
Swiss Reformation 1
John Calvin, Christian History magazine, Issue 12
John Calvin: A Sixteenth-Century Portrait, by William J Bouwsma
Professor Bouwsma taught the year-long class at the University of California, Berkeley which he called “History of Christianity.” I was his student some decades ago and later talked to him while he was writing this book. This book was his magnum opus on the life of the widely misunderstood Genius of Geneva, John Calvin.
Hardcover: 310 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 9.75 x 6.50
Augustine, Christian History Magazine, Issue 67
The Five Points of Calvinism, by David N. Steele, Curtis C. Thomas
A good, short treatment of Arminianism and the 5 Points (TULIP) of the Canons of Dordt — from a Reformed perspective. A concise introduction to Calvinism.
Paperback: 95 pages
John Knox and the Scottish Reformation, Christian History Magazine, Issue 46
Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation, Christian History Magazine, Issue 48
Approachable narrative on the creation of the English Bible.
Paperback: 392 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 8.42 x 5.52
God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible, by Adam Nicolson
An engaging recounting of the formulation and development of the English Bible under King James I.
Paperback: 281 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.81 x 8.01 x 5.30
The American Puritans, Christian History Magazine, Issue 41
Jonathan Edwards: A Life, by George M. Marsden
This large contemporary volume gives a perspective on Edwards’ world from a historical and sociological point of view and was recommended to me by the pastor of the Edwards Church in Northampton, MA.
Hardcover: 640 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 1.83 x 9.60 x 6.44
Spiritual Awakenings in North America, Church History Magazine, Issue 23
John Wesley: Revival and Revolution, Christian History Magazine, Issue 2
The Wesleys, Christian History Magazine, Issue 69
George Whitefield, Christian History Magazine, Issue 38
Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening, Christian History Magazine, Issue 8
Jonathan Edwards, Christian History Magazine, Issue 77
The Christian Face of the Scientific Revolution, Christian History Magazine, Issue 76
On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding, by Michael Novak
This Templeton Award-winning author gives an excellent balanced account of both Faith and Reason as elements in the founding of the American Republic.
Hardcover: 250 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.95 x 9.24 x 6.24
The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America, by Frank Lambert
Lambert takes a clearly “Separationists” view of the Founders while explaining the difference between his position and that of “Accommodationists.”
Hardcover: 344 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.25 x 6.25
Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers, by John Eidsmoe
Eidsmoe takes the “Accommodationists” perspective with informed and favorable perspectives on a number of the Founders.
Paperback: 480 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.10 x 8.95 x 6.03
Christian History Made Easy, by Timothy Paul Jones
A useful, though not a particularly comprehensive survey of Church History. Chapters are bite-sized but not deep.
Paperback: 172 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.43 x 9.24 x 7.48
American Scripture : Making the Declaration of Independence, by Pauline Maier
A delightful description of the making of the American Declaration of Independence. Wonderful history, though I would have preferred a more detailed “exegesis” of the text.
Paperback: 336 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 8.01 x 5.18
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, by Joseph J. Ellis
This highly readable book is one of the best modern treatments on the life and impact of Thomas Jefferson by a best selling author.
Paperback: 464 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 1.06 x 8.06 x 5.25
Christianity and the American Revolution, Christian History Magazine, Issue 50