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Christian History Made Easy: 13 Weeks to a Better Understanding of Church History

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  23 reviews
This fantastic book summarizes the most important events in Christian history from the time of Jesus to today in 12 easy chapters. This bestselling book presents key events and people every Christi
Paperback, 172 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Rose Publishing, Inc.
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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 ...more
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 take advantage
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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 of ways. Th
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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
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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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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+
Kimberly Terrill
Jun 20, 2011 Kimberly Terrill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kimberly by: Aaron Carlberg
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.
Tom & Joel M
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. .
Josh Gatewood
This book was read for DC

It was a simple overview of the History of the church touching on some of the basic concepts of Theology and how different groups of believers came about.

It was well done and I wish I had a Paper copy instead of the ebook because it had great pictures!
Hannah  Walsh
This is an incredibly thorough yet simple and enjoyable book on Church History. I definitely recommend this one!
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!
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.
Billy Widener
I give it a 4 but it does cover most of the areas that we need to know within the early church fathers. This book, in no question, had lead me to study further, such as the early church fathers.
Lizzie
Great overview and good resource. Almost too easy, but does what it sets out to do: tell a coherent story of 2000 years of church history and make me hungry for more.
Al
Church history condensed into 150 pages. Terrific little summary, easy to understand facts in bullet like format. Great resource material.
Sheryl
I like History and and we are having a Sunday school class on this topic. So far, so good - easy reading with good information.
Tom Heil
Great summary of church history and quick reference. The author's story telling approach makes learning history enjoyable.
Brandon Barnes
A basic, quick rundown of Church History. Keep it in your bathroom and you'll finish it in no time!
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