***WORLD Magazine's 2022 Children's Non-Fiction Book of the Year***
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Church History is a fascinating guide that shows young readers (and even not-so-young readers) how God has preserved His church from AD 30 to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Travel through time and all over the world as you meet the people, learn about the ideas, and understand the challenges that have shaped the history of the church. Maps, time lines, and colorful pictures on every page show you the important people, places, and events of church history.
Learn about how Christianity spread to Armenia, the first official Christian nation; how a paper nailed to a church door in Germany marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation; how the church has grown in places like Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
Discover how the church has answered important questions like Is Jesus really God? Can we be perfect in this life? May Christians allow slavery? and What is the gospel?
Most importantly, you will see that after two thousand years, Jesus’s church is still growing and proclaiming the good news of salvation for sinners all over the world.
Table of Contents:
Part I - The Early Church
Part II – The Church in Late Antiquity
Part III – The Early Middle Ages
Part IV – The High Middle Ages
Part V – A Time of Reformations
Part VI – A Troubled Century
Part VII – A Time of Revivals
Part VIII – A Changing World
Part IX – The Modern World
Simonetta Carr was born in Italy. A former elementary school teacher, she homeschooled her eight children, has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. She lives in San Diego and is a member and Sunday school teacher at Christ United Reformed Church, Santee, California.
“As always, Simonetta Carr has written an excellent book that will help to engage children and young people in learning about the history of the church. Thorough, careful, and always with an eye to the story of redemption, this book will be a real boon to parents and children alike.” — Carl Trueman, professor of biblical and religious studies, Grove City College
“Blessed indeed are the children who read and study this fresh account of the history of Christianity! It is an amazing work, both in terms of content and design. In the relatively brief compass of 250 pages or so, it covers the entirety of church history, highlighting key developments and key issues. Familiar figures in church history such as Augustine, Luther, and the Wesleys are touched upon, as well as lesser known individuals like Anne Dutton and Phillis Wheatley. With the various study questions throughout the book, it makes for an ideal textbook for a course on church history. In fact, it is so thorough and well written that I am even tempted to use it in one of my own seminary or college introductory courses on the history of the Church! I cannot say this loudly enough: Very highly recommended!” — Michael A. G. Haykin, chair and professor of church history, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“This majestic and powerful book will become a staple in Christian homes and Christian schools for years to come. Its accessible writing, engaging illustrations, and historical faithfulness will engage readers of all ages. This visual encyclopedia brings to life the purposeful and powerful calling of Christians whose obedient lives helped change the world. May all Christians read this book and see that being a Christian means serving King Jesus, who is sovereign over all and who is good, just, merciful, and powerful at all times and in every situation. I can't wait to use this book in my homeschooling.” —Rosaria Butterfield
“This a very well-written book that not only covers the major events in church history but does so clearly and in an understandable way for its audience. The illustrations are very well done as are the focus points that are pulled out from the main text. While Simonetta has done a great job of providing contributions from all regions (including Africa, which is generally underrepresented), the strength of this book is its coverage of contributions by women in church history—not only those considered prominent in society but ordinary women as well. It is the first time that some of these women have been given a voice alongside prominent, well-known names. Simonetta helps us see how these women shaped the practice of the church at various points in history. She also reminds us that there were people fighting against societal ills from the onset of the church.” —Elizabeth Mburu, Langham literature regional coordinator, Anglophone Africa
“Simonetta Carr has done the church and Christian families a great service with her overview of church history. This beautifully illustrated book is very thoughtful, helpful, and accessible, introducing us to the thought and life of many men and women throughout the history of the global church. I recommend it highly.” —W. Robert Godfrey