Monday, December 6, 2010

On This Day in Christian History - A Book Review

I had a hard time choosing between this book and another "this date in history" book titled The American Patriot's Almanac. As I wanted to get better acquainted with the history of Christianity, On This Day in Christian History won. The tagline says "365 amazing and inspiring stories about saints, martyrs, and heroes."

Unfortunately, I have not yet read this in full as I plan on using it as part of my devotional for 2011. I didn't want to spoil too much of it! So, I read through the preface and the first five days of the year.

I'm excited about reading through this book next year! The very first story is about Ulrich Zwingli, born in 1484. He copied the entire New Testament by hand, making notes in the margins and memorizing Scripture. When he was done with this study, he decided to break tradition and preach through the New Testament verse by verse. This was during a time period when the sermons were decided by the church liturgy and weekly readings. But his local church loved the new sermon styles!

Not only was this man brave enough to break out of tradition, he studied the Bible as much as possible and attempted to live out what he had learned. I want to develop that type of passion!

I received a reader copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.


Nicole said...

Sounds like a very interesting read.
God bless you. Have a great day.

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