Monday, November 29, 2010

On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan

On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan, is a devotional chronicling, in the words of its tag line, "365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories About Saints, Martyrs, and Heroes." Each day of the year has about a 3/4 of the page long story about a person in Christian history who was born, died, or did something significant on that day. There is also a Bible verse at the bottom of each page that goes along with the story. In the preface, the author states his purpose in compiling these stories is twofold. He hopes to both chronicle parts of Christian history that it might not be lost forever, as well as use stories from the past to instruct and encourage fellow believers in the present.

Overall, this book is a nice collection of stories, covering all of Christian history. There doesn't seem to any bias toward one time in history over another, or any kind of bias toward one view of doctrines over others. On This Day in Christian History serves as a nice introduction to the vast number of people on whose shoulders modern day Christians stand. While not covering anything in depth, it does provide a helpful starting point for anyone who'd like to study certain people or events more closely. There is an index of topics, though an index of people, events, or periods of time would be more helpful considering the subject. I would recommend this to the casual student of Christian history, or someone looking for examples of other's devotion to encourage their own.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255