Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book review: On This Day in Christian History

One of the newest additions to my home library is a fascinating book from Thomas Nelson Publishers, entitled On This Day in Christian History, by Robert J. Morgan. I love history in general, and have frequently lamented my lack of knowledge of church history, so this book was a great fit for me.

On This Day in Christian History is laid out in a devotional-style format, with one page per day. I think this was a great idea for this book, as it puts the stories into short, easy-to-remember, bits.  I also really like that each story has a direct tie to the day on which it is presented- whether its on the day in history on which an event happened or a famous person's birth day or death day or some other momentous event.  Each day's entry is wrapped up with a Bible scripture that is relevant to the story presented that day. 

Since there is an entry for each day of the year, this book presents 365 different stories of saints, martyrs and heroes, men and women from different countries, lifestyles and points in time. Some of the people were people I had heard of before, but many were not.  Reading these stories of people who gave up everything for their faith really made me stop and examine my own faith and how I show it in my daily life. Even though the stories are too brief to give much detail about the lives of the people they discuss, I thought the stories served as nice introductions to people and events that I otherwise may not have learned about. Now I'm inspired to learn more about some of these people and see more reading in my future!

As the author quotes in the preface, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said "If we don't know our own history, we will simply have to endure all the same mistakes, sacrifices and absurdities all over again." This book is a nice way to help us keep Christian history fresh in our minds. I look forward to continuing to use this book as part of my own daily devotional time and think it would be a great gift or purchase for any Christian who loves history or who just wants to learn more about the Church's past.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of my involvement with the Booksneeze program. I was under no obligation to post a positive review and was not compensated in any other way. All opinions presented here are mine and mine alone.