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-- Key events and people every Christian should know -- From the time of Jesus to today -- How the Bible came to us -- Time lines, worksheets, websites -- Photos, maps, and illustrations -- 13 Lessons with Leader's Guide -- For churches, schools, small groups, homeschoolers & individuals


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-- Key events and people every Christian should know -- From the time of Jesus to today -- How the Bible came to us -- Time lines, worksheets, websites -- Photos, maps, and illustrations -- 13 Lessons with Leader's Guide -- For churches, schools, small groups, homeschoolers & individuals

30 review for Christian History Made Easy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Mitchell

    An excellent basic introduction to the last 2000 years of Christian history. We used "Christian History Made Easy" in our small group from church and had edifying discussions each week. We especially loved how the author emphasized humility as we studied some of the foibles of our spiritual forebears--realizing that we can't see our own blindspots. Our group also appreciated how the author made his wise choices of what to include--such the important contributions of women (often under-represente An excellent basic introduction to the last 2000 years of Christian history. We used "Christian History Made Easy" in our small group from church and had edifying discussions each week. We especially loved how the author emphasized humility as we studied some of the foibles of our spiritual forebears--realizing that we can't see our own blindspots. Our group also appreciated how the author made his wise choices of what to include--such the important contributions of women (often under-represented in re-telling of Christian history). There are so many things that could be discussed (and so little space to provide information!), but we felt that Jones picked the right things to expand upon. We held our last meeting tonight and all agreed that we understand better who we are from where we have come because we read this book together. Recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James B

    It is about time for me to start reading about Christian church history, and this little book as title suggested, indeed made very easy for anyone to get a brief but essential view of events and people who shaped this history of Christianity. The book understandably tries to be as objective as possible therefore contains very little analysis (after all it has to be brief), however author did subtly hint the theme of authority of scripture as a key issue throughout the history. Every chapter cont It is about time for me to start reading about Christian church history, and this little book as title suggested, indeed made very easy for anyone to get a brief but essential view of events and people who shaped this history of Christianity. The book understandably tries to be as objective as possible therefore contains very little analysis (after all it has to be brief), however author did subtly hint the theme of authority of scripture as a key issue throughout the history. Every chapter contains key terms, events and names are very helpful for all beginners. Overall, would recommend to people with very little knowledge of church history and it triggers enough of interest in me to dig into it more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This book provided a helpful overview of 2000 years of Christian history. I wanted to read something brief ahead of another, larger book on Christian history that I'm waiting for from the library and this book did a good job of giving the broad strokes. It's divided into 12 chapters and, at the beginning of each one, it gives a handful of events, people and terms that are important for that era. It then goes into the general themes and most influential events/people/ideas of that time. The flow This book provided a helpful overview of 2000 years of Christian history. I wanted to read something brief ahead of another, larger book on Christian history that I'm waiting for from the library and this book did a good job of giving the broad strokes. It's divided into 12 chapters and, at the beginning of each one, it gives a handful of events, people and terms that are important for that era. It then goes into the general themes and most influential events/people/ideas of that time. The flow feels a little abrupt at times as the author moves from topic to topic and I sometimes would flip back a page to make sure I was following things correctly. Sometimes there wasn't much of a clear connection between topics (other than that they happened in the same period of time). I thought the author does a pretty good job being fair to the different religious movements. I wouldn't say it's completely objective, but where he does tend to make judgement statements/inferences he's on the side of orthodoxy which I appreciated. I was also pleasantly surprised that he offers some background information about dispensationalism which doesn't seem to be very popular right now. Overall, it seemed like he attempted to be pretty diplomatic about each movement while still informing the reader of the damage done by some (maybe, many) of them to the Gospel, or missions or the church, etc. While I've studied some of these topics more in depth, I've never take a course on church history so a lot of what I've learned is floating around without a good context. This really helped to put things in order for me and help me to see the actions and reactions through the centuries as people have tried to grapple with their Christian faith and scripture. There are a lot of names to try to keep straight and it became kind of a blur, but the book contains a study guide and learning activities for each chapter in the back so you could easily spend some time on each chapter. Embedded in the chapters are also questions for reflection (many of which refer you to Bible passages to confirm/reject what the churches were teaching at that time) as well as quotes from people who were there and links to places online where you can read original texts. It's written with a pretty casual tone (and even has some jokes) that I think would be easy and perhaps even enjoyable for older kids. It also has lots of pictures and visual details that make it feel fun and interesting. I definitely think this is a helpful resource for a fast-paced overview of some of the biggest developments of the Christian faith over the last 2000 years. It would make a great introduction for further study.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Christian 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 Christian 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 you’re 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 doesn’t 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!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    "Simply put, the church's history is our family history." (Introduction) Simply put, this book is excellent. It is exactly what I wanted it to be as a "quick and colorful guide" to Church History. It is well written (light, even humorous at times); well organized (each chapter begins with a list of key events, people, and terms, and chapters are broken down into easy-to-read subsections); intellectually stimulating (there are neat "sidebar sections" such as "Did you know?" trivia, "Words from the ones "Simply put, the church's history is our family history." (Introduction) Simply put, this book is excellent. It is exactly what I wanted it to be as a "quick and colorful guide" to Church History. It is well written (light, even humorous at times); well organized (each chapter begins with a list of key events, people, and terms, and chapters are broken down into easy-to-read subsections); intellectually stimulating (there are neat "sidebar sections" such as "Did you know?" trivia, "Words from the ones who were there" quotes, "In case you're confused..." clarifications, and "Think about it..." points to consider); and visually interesting (with many photos, illustrations, etc., albeit I was surprised that there was only one map in the entire book). At just 190 pages, it is meant to be engaging not exhaustive—and it does so successfully, especially with its focus on "stories" more than dates, without sacrificing clarity (e.g., it clearly differentiates between Catholic and Protestant) and without excluding or minimizing the Church's low points and failures. Depending on one's prior knowledge or intended depth of study, this book may not be sufficient (and I would also note the author's opinion/interpretation comes through at times, though nothing I ever disagreed with). But, it is exceptional as an introductory overview (or refresher) on Church History, and it would also serve very well as an outline for a class or further research. Note there is some mature content, e.g., persecution. (It is not written for children, so parents or teachers should be mindful of young audiences.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    L.L. Gappa

    I cannot rave about this book enough. Do you ever feel like your knowledge of the Christian faith through history jumps from The Bible to you? Or maybe The Bible to you with a couple of authors sprinkled in? I always felt mine jumped from The Bible to the reformation to me with a couple of authors sprinkled in. This fills in the gaps so beautifully. It’s beautiful, easy to understand and entertaining. It deals with the triumphs and failures of the church through out a complete timelin I cannot rave about this book enough. Do you ever feel like your knowledge of the Christian faith through history jumps from The Bible to you? Or maybe The Bible to you with a couple of authors sprinkled in? I always felt mine jumped from The Bible to the reformation to me with a couple of authors sprinkled in. This fills in the gaps so beautifully. It’s beautiful, easy to understand and entertaining. It deals with the triumphs and failures of the church through out a complete timeline all the way from the Bible to us. Despite the frustrations and follies of sinful mankind in the church and their constant divisions- this book is so inspiring. It’s inspiring to look all the way back through history, every step of the way, and see the saints before you. To see all the people who have kept the faith and lived and loved for Christ, devoting their lives to him. I have been putting off finishing it because I don’t want it to end. One of the best books I’ve ever read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bethany McMillon

    I started 2019 with a sense of questioning towards Christianity in a religious sense. I wasn’t questioning my faith in Jesus, or that Scripture was God’s word. But, more along the line of the question: “how did we get from there (apostolic writing in the gospels) to here (2019)?” Jones breaks down the last 2000 years into one easy to read, conversationally written book. Each chapter spans 100-200 years and explains the “highlights” of what is happening to the church at that time. He does not sug I started 2019 with a sense of questioning towards Christianity in a religious sense. I wasn’t questioning my faith in Jesus, or that Scripture was God’s word. But, more along the line of the question: “how did we get from there (apostolic writing in the gospels) to here (2019)?” Jones breaks down the last 2000 years into one easy to read, conversationally written book. Each chapter spans 100-200 years and explains the “highlights” of what is happening to the church at that time. He does not sugar-coat the failures of the Christian church at various times in history, nor does he push a specific denomination. This book is an excellent read to fill in the blanks of Christian history. I would highly recommend it if you like history or are having some of the same questions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Newton

    Timothy Paul Jones gives an excellent, brief overview of Christian history without putting too much personal doctrinal beliefs in the text. He also has a few comedic spots, which always helps when reading history.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    One of the best history books I've ever read. It made the timeline so clear, but I am curious how God must have viewed all those actions in history.....I'm amazed that Christianity made it this far.....but still so unsure why so many denominations.....will reread soon!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Coughlin

    This was an easy read -- I just didn't find it captivating or compelling.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Royce Baker

    Just as the description states, this was a “quick and colorful guide to understanding the key events and people that every Christian should know.”

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zann

    A good overview. Could be used as an outline for further study as well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I thought the author did a nice job overall of tackling this complex topic. There were some parts Zi wish had been explained more, but it was an interesting read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    John Gardner

    I bought this book as a potential text for teaching a class at our church on church history. As the cover states, it is quite “basic”, but it is ideal for use as a beginner-level overview of the history of Christianity: exactly what I’d hoped it would be. The twelve chapters — each of which covers the main events, names, and terms of a time period — read incredibly quickly, as each page contains colorful pictures, block quotes, and other graphics which present information in a variety I bought this book as a potential text for teaching a class at our church on church history. As the cover states, it is quite “basic”, but it is ideal for use as a beginner-level overview of the history of Christianity: exactly what I’d hoped it would be. The twelve chapters — each of which covers the main events, names, and terms of a time period — read incredibly quickly, as each page contains colorful pictures, block quotes, and other graphics which present information in a variety of ways. The scope of the book is grand, covering the time of the apostles up through postmodernism and the Emergent Church, and everything in between. Obviously, nothing is covered in depth, but Jones provides readers with a “big picture” view of history, enough detail to have at least a basic familiarity with the most important aspects of church history, and resources for further study. I was personally most appreciative of the author’s emphasis on the work of God in building the Church throughout history. He is honest about the many failings of the Church and its leaders, but highlights the ideas and contributions made during each era which ultimately led to the spread of the Gospel. This is most evident in Chapter 6 (“God Never Stops Working”), which covers the difficult period from 673-1295. Jones applies the words of Jesus in John 5:17 (“My father is always at his work“) to show how God worked through the monastics, the Scholastics, and the mystics to preserve the Bible and a remnant of believers even through the Dark Ages. Taking that view of history helps us to remain optimistic at times when it is difficult to see how God is working. His final chapters are also helpful in introducing the various streams of Christian thinking in the world today. The book documents the rise of Dispensationalism, Christian liberalism, Pentecostalism, Fundamentalism, and the “Emergent” church. Jones sticks to the “facts” for the most part, describing what happened rather than making value statements about doctrinal differences within evangelicalism, but he does take time to point out the errors of liberalism and it’s later postmodern iteration (Readers should expect no less from a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary!). I should also note that from the Reformation onward, the focal point is on the history of the Protestant church, with very little discussion given to events taking place within Roman Catholicism — the Second Vatican Council being a notable exception. This edition contains a 12-week detailed study guide so that using the book as a teaching tool or discussion starter is also “made easy”. While group leaders may not choose to follow the guide exactly — each session calls for 60-90 minutes of guided discussion, worship through song, and a “learning activity” which often requires some preparation and supplies from the leader — everything needed to use in nearly any group format is included. Leaders can simply adapt the provided materials to suit their needs. If you’re looking for a good introduction to church history that doesn’t require a long commitment to deep study, this one will serve you well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lee Harmon

    This beautiful full-color book highlights the major personalities in Christian development over the last 2,000 years … from A.D. 64 to 2009. It’s a short book, so I confess I felt a little frustrated at the lack of depth. The book takes on a little too big a topic for 188 pages of text, and religion is a topic where oversimplifying by bouncing along the surface can distort as much as elucidate. Therefore, to get the full benefit of the book, treat it like an instruction course and tak This beautiful full-color book highlights the major personalities in Christian development over the last 2,000 years … from A.D. 64 to 2009. It’s a short book, so I confess I felt a little frustrated at the lack of depth. The book takes on a little too big a topic for 188 pages of text, and religion is a topic where oversimplifying by bouncing along the surface can distort as much as elucidate. Therefore, to get the full benefit of the book, treat it like an instruction course and take advantage of the internet research suggestions peppered throughout the text. But for my money (for a lot more money, I’m sure) I’d love to have 600 pages between the covers of this one. One other minor frustration: Jones is a Southern Baptist whose subtle preaching permeates the book. For example, Deism is at least twice referred to as a false doctrine. This is probably just a personal issue, but I find it easier to trust a scholar who does a better job of hiding his own religious bias. With my complaints out of the way, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading the text! It’s a fun read, full of tidbits from history and helpful explanations of Christian terms. Every Christian should know at least the basics of Church history, and I definitely recommend this book as an entertaining stepping stone to whet your appetite for further in-depth reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leroy Seat

    Actually, I would like to give this book 3.5 starts, but mainly because of a number of (mostly rather small) factual errors (which is never good in a history book) I could not conscientiously give it 4. This book is attractively done, containing many sidebars, pictures, and introduction to Internet sites. It should serve its purpose well, that is, introducing Christian history to lay Christians and others who have not studied that history very much. But it is an interesting read (and review) eve Actually, I would like to give this book 3.5 starts, but mainly because of a number of (mostly rather small) factual errors (which is never good in a history book) I could not conscientiously give it 4. This book is attractively done, containing many sidebars, pictures, and introduction to Internet sites. It should serve its purpose well, that is, introducing Christian history to lay Christians and others who have not studied that history very much. But it is an interesting read (and review) even for those who do know quite a bit about the history of Christianity. I plan to contact the author suggesting correction of the errors I found (as mentioned above), and I hope an updated and corrected edition can be published. There is too much good information presented in this book for it not to be used widely by church groups in the years ahead.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stan

    Written by a young pastor for his rural congregation, "Christian History Made Easy" aims to provide a basic overview for those new to the subject. To that end, this is a good book. Having already studied christian history, though years ago, this book was a good refresher. It brought back to the forefront people I wanted to know more about. Several of the quotes left me wanting to dig deeper in the originals. So, this book serves its purpose - whet the appetite for more. The book point Written by a young pastor for his rural congregation, "Christian History Made Easy" aims to provide a basic overview for those new to the subject. To that end, this is a good book. Having already studied christian history, though years ago, this book was a good refresher. It brought back to the forefront people I wanted to know more about. Several of the quotes left me wanting to dig deeper in the originals. So, this book serves its purpose - whet the appetite for more. The book points the reader to web sites where more information can be found on people and periods from christian history. And, there is a study guide/teachers' guide provided at the end of the book. If you're looking for a basic introduction to this field, one that is intentionally skimming the surface, this is the book you're looking for.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This is very well written book, providing an abbreviated, even-handed synopsis of influential people and events in Christian history. It plows through Christian history from the time of Christ until now in 12 relatively brief but information-packed chapters. Despite the abundant content, it is easily digestible because of the conversational (sometimes humerous), story-telling narrative that is used. This book would be wisely used as a base-level introduction before moving onto studying certain e This is very well written book, providing an abbreviated, even-handed synopsis of influential people and events in Christian history. It plows through Christian history from the time of Christ until now in 12 relatively brief but information-packed chapters. Despite the abundant content, it is easily digestible because of the conversational (sometimes humerous), story-telling narrative that is used. This book would be wisely used as a base-level introduction before moving onto studying certain eras/people/events in-depth. This would also be well-suited for those who are not history buffs and are unwilling to "suffer" through some drier texts on the subject. This will remain a great reference on my bookshelf.

  19. 4 out of 5

    John

    A very good introductory book on church history. I read the kindle version on my paperwhite initially and found myself occasionally reading on my ipad to look at the pictures in color. The book is written in a very approachable manner and ends each chapter with a "events", "names" and "terms" you should know as a review from the chapter. With frequent "in case you were confused" and other pointed topics offered in bite size chunks the book does allow for pretty casual reading. A very small criti A very good introductory book on church history. I read the kindle version on my paperwhite initially and found myself occasionally reading on my ipad to look at the pictures in color. The book is written in a very approachable manner and ends each chapter with a "events", "names" and "terms" you should know as a review from the chapter. With frequent "in case you were confused" and other pointed topics offered in bite size chunks the book does allow for pretty casual reading. A very small criticism I would offer is the book frequently presents links to other outside information that I have found several are no longer active.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    This is a good introduction to Church History for 8th grade to adult. It is designed to be used to teach a course, but is well suited to individual study. I think it is well done, with the caution that it is from a Protestant perspective and may not always be sensitive to a Catholic point of view. If you want a good book for lay reading on Church History, I prefer other books, but this has been very helpful in preparing to teach Mid-High Church History classes and it is a quick read--designed to This is a good introduction to Church History for 8th grade to adult. It is designed to be used to teach a course, but is well suited to individual study. I think it is well done, with the caution that it is from a Protestant perspective and may not always be sensitive to a Catholic point of view. If you want a good book for lay reading on Church History, I prefer other books, but this has been very helpful in preparing to teach Mid-High Church History classes and it is a quick read--designed to get people into Church History who wouldn't normally read about it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Freeman

    Nice pictorial overview. Rose Publishing does graphic overviews well. It seems to be their specialty. They nailed it with this book. It is a good introduction to the facts of church history but it also has very good graphics making it easy to follow. It really keeps your attention. The author does a great job with the small writing sections that exist. The book is consistent with most current views on church history and will help introduce you. Recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Terrill

    I used this to teach Church History to my son (12 at the time). He likes church history and would often ask to learn more. Many books were just above my head so I couldn't use them to teach. This was very good for us. It has side notes, charts, maps, little quizzes and online websites, so it kept the topic from being too "boring" or monotonous.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patrick S.

    This was a nice little reference book about the span of Christian history. I mainly used it to compile a list of early Church fathers to read from and on certain topics in a chronological order. I appreciated how many issues and topics the book included and is truly an easy laid out book on the topic. It's an easy read that gives you a good number of options for deeper reading. Final Grade - B+

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tom Mobley

    For those of us who have asked "why do we do that or why is the Christian faith like this?", this book does a great job laying the foundations of explanation. Book would be a great small group study for a those that seek a better understanding of church history. I'm glad I read it. .

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jason Marianna

    A good place to start for a broad view of Church history. Not particularly deep and the author writes on a basic, high school level, but it is wide ranging in topics and systematic in approach. Definitely good, maybe great, not amazing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Yamid HR

    One of the best books of Christian History out there, great narrative, engaging and full of grace and truth for the Christian History/Fathers. More of 700 pages of relevant facts and a lot of funny and trutful comments on them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charles Williams

    Well written, concise. Sine gaps in order to achieve it's intended purpose of making a rich and complex subject "easy." Sometimes, "easy" is not a good thing. We need to read some "not easy" and enjoy the discipline gained by doing so.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    Easy read, user friendly, no where near a complete history but a good start. I actually enjoyed this a lot more than the Gonzalez book I had to read in seminary, and no it was not because of all the pictures! Recommended!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    This is an excellent resource for those who want to learn church history without having to dog through a 400 page tome. There is also a 12 week DVD-based study available by the author. I taught this class at my local church and we all thoroughly enjoyed it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt Frawley

    Good basic introduction to Christian history. It does exactly what it set out to do. Will be great as a teaching tool along with the power points. Unfortunately, those are sold separately for nearly $40.

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