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Best Church History Books Reviewed & Ranked

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Church History books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition (2013)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedWith more than 315,000 copies sold, this is the story of the church for today’s readers. The fourth edition of Shelley’s classic one-volume history of the church brings the story of Christianity into the twenty-first century. This latest edition of the book takes a close look at the rapid growth of evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the southern hemisphere, addresses the decline in traditional mainline denominations, examines the influence of technology on the spread of the gospel, and discusses how Christianity intersects with other religions in countries all…
Author(s): Bruce Shelley

2. Church History-student text: Apostolic Times to Today (Living in Christ) (2013)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedChurch History: Apostolic Times to Today. This course examines the events of the Church’s life, the contributions to human life it has made, and studies the challenges the Church has faced overtime, from her earliest history.In addition to the complete text of the print book, the iBook Edition, and the enhanced interactive e-Books, add the following features:In-text links to official, online versions of Scripture, the Catechism, and Church documents so that students can study quotes from the text in their original context. In-text links to online biographies of all the saints mentioned in the student text.Photo galleries that explore…
Author(s): Gloria Shahin, Joanna Dailey

3. Eusebius: The Church History (2007)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedOften called the “Father of Church History,” Eusebius was the first to trace the rise of Christianity during its crucial first three centuries from Christ to Constantine. Our principal resource for earliest Chrisitianity, The Church History presents a panorama of apostles, church fathers, emperors, bishops, heroes, heretics, confessors, and martyrs.This paperback edition includes Paul L. Maier’s clear and precise translation, historical commentary on each book in The Church History, and numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs. Coupled with helpful indexes and the Loeb numbering system, these…
Author(s): Eusebius, Paul L. Maier

4. 5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God’s Faithfulness in the History of the Church (2019)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedThe history of the church is filled with stories. Stories of triumph, stories of defeat, stories of joy, and stories of sorrow. In this book, Dr. Stephen J. Nichols provides snapshots of the church through the centuries. You’ll meet fascinating saints, travel to curious places, examine precious artifacts, and watch as surprising turns of events unfold. This lively and informative journey not only captures the richness of Christian history, but also reveals a record of God’s providence and faithfulness to His people. It’s a story to encourage, challenge, and even entertain….
Author(s): Stephen J Nichols

5. The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation (2010)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedIn The Story of Christianity: Volume 1, Justo L. González, author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought, presents a narrative history of Christianity, from the Early Church to the Dawn of the Protestant Reformation. From Jesus’ faithful apostles to the early reformist John Wycliffe, González skillfully traces core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church, including major events outside of Europe, such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World. This updated and expanded edition incorporates…
Author(s): Justo L. Gonzalez

6. Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church (2019)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedAll the makings of your favorite adventure story – drama, intrigue, promise, love, hope, and heartache spanning two thousand years…and YOU are a part of it! is a fresh retelling of the history of the Church. In this easy-to-read, not-your-average history book, Steve Weidenkopf introduces you to the vivid, dynamic story of God’s work in the world since Pentecost. Along the way, you will meet the weird, wonderful, and always fascinating heroes and villains of the Catholic family tree. Read and you’ll ABOUT THE AUTHOR Steve Weidenkopf teaches Church History at the Christendom College Graduate School of Theology in Alexandria, VA….
Author(s): Steve Weidenkopf

7. Christian History Made Easy (Rose Bible Basics) (2009)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedThis fantastic book summarizes the most important events in Christian history from the time of Jesus to today in 12 easy chapters. This full color, bestselling book presents key events and people every Christian should know, time lines, worksheets, websites, photos, maps and illustrations. A leader’s guide makes this book an excellent study for any group, including new believers’ classes. The great theologian J. I. Packer says that Christian History Made Easy is, "…a beautifully simple, beginner-friendly telling of Christian history, a precious…
Author(s): Timothy Paul Jones, Rose Publishing

8. Church History 101: The Highlights of Twenty Centuries (2016)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedChurch history is important because it shows us how God’s faithful dealings with His people in the Bible continue in the ongoing life and work of Christ in our world. If you have ever wished for a short book highlighting church history’s most important events that will enlighten your mind and peak your interest, this is the one you ve been waiting for. Three prolific church historians collaborate their efforts in Church History 101 to present you with a quick read of church history’s high points. Preface First Century: Apostolic Foundations Second Century: The Church of Martyrs…
Author(s): Sinclair B. Ferguson , Joel R. Beeke, et al.

9. Why Church History Matters: An Invitation to Love and Learn from Our Past (2014)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedDoes it matter how Christians in other times and places thought? If the Bible alone is God?s revelation, why spend time studying church history? Aren?t history and tradition more of a problem than a solution? For many Christians who believe the Bible is the ultimate authority for faith and life, questions about the role and value of the church’s traditions can be difficult to tackle. But let’s be honest: even those of us who admit that church history is important are often too intimidated or busy to delve into it deeply. And for students, it is sometimes difficult to see…
Author(s): Robert F. Rea

10. Catholic Church through the Ages, The: A History; Second Edition (2014)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedThe Catholic Church through the Ages, now in its second edition, is a one-volume survey of the history of the Catholic Church from its beginning until (and including) the pontificate of Pope Francis. The book explains the Church’s progress by using Christopher Dawson’s division of the Church’s history into six distinct "ages," or 350-400 year periods of time, each cycle beginning with great enthusiasm and advancement and ending in decline and loss. Writing with the experience of thirty years of teaching, the author has fashioned an ideal text that combines substance with readability.Undergraduates, graduates, and interested…
Author(s): John Vidmar OP

11. The Church in History (1988)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedA standard survey of the history of the Christian church from A.D. 33 to modern times, The Church in History by B. K. Kuiper has long been the textbook of choice for many secondary schools and Bible institutes, having sold well over 150,000 copies since first published more than a half century ago. Detailed and fact-filled yet balanced and readable, this volume offers a panoramic view of the church's growth worldwide throughout the past 2,000 years, including a comprehensive section on the church in the United States and…
Author(s): B. K. Kuiper

12. How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist’s Guide: With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900 (2019)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedPaperback: 154 pages Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company (June 5, 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 0806320958 ISBN-13: 978-0806320953 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #73 in Genealogy (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Harold A. Henderson, Sunny Jane Morton

13. The History of the Catholic Church (2019)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedThe new pedagogical approach of The History of the Catholic Church—part of the entire Encountering Jesus series—has a number of distinct features. Contemporary news stories that connect recent events in the Church and the world to a particular period in history, lead to chapter focus questions that students will be responsible to remember and answer both through the coverage of the chapter, to the end of the course, and beyond. Several different applications, assignments, and projects offered in a variety of learning styles allow the teacher to gauge a student’s ability to retain and apply…
Author(s): Ave Maria Press

14. Chronological and Background Charts of Church History (ZondervanCharts) (2005)

 Best Church History Books Reviewed & RankedThe rich tapestry of nearly 2,000 years of church history overflows with persons, places, events, dates, and ideas. This volume in the popular ZondervanCharts series visually organizes large amounts of information from the history of the church for greater understanding and ease of reference. Students, teachers, pastors, and church history buffs will find this collection a valuable reference, one they will turn to again and again for their own information and for teaching others.This revised and expanded edition contains 126 charts (43 of which are new) that cover the history of the ancient church, the medieval church, the Reformation,…
Author(s): Robert C. Walton

Best Church History Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Winston Churchill in the British Media: National and Regional Perspectives During the Second World War

Author(s): Hanako Ishikawa
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2604177

The Eastern Orthodox Church: A New History

Author(s): John Anthony McGuckin
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 576 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2664560

The Slaves of the Churches: A History

Author(s): Mary E. Sommar
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2812699

Eusebius and Empire: Constructing Church and Rome in the Ecclesiastical History

Author(s): James Corke-Webster
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2329392

The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform

Author(s): George Weigel
Publisher: Basic Books, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2424757

The Archaeology and Early History of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Author(s): Justin Kelley
Publisher: Archaeopress Archaeology, Year: 2019, Size: 16 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2493586

A History of Anglican Exorcism: Deliverance and Demonology in Church Ritual

Author(s): Francis Young
Publisher: T&T Clark, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2602540

Scandal in the parish: priests and parishioners behaving badly in eighteenth-century France

Author(s): Catholic Church;Église catholique;Carter, Karen E
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2653927

Behold America: a history of America first and the American dream

Author(s): Churchwell, Sarah Bartlett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2654184

How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records: A Genealogist’s Guide: With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900

Author(s): Sunny Jane Morton; Harold A. Henderson
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Year: 2019, Size: 32 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2799768

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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