The church of today did not appear on the earth fully formed; rather, it developed over the centuries. Following Jesus’ command to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth, the apostles and their spiritual descendants have grown the church through times of peace and times of war, through persecution and pilgrimage. The church that began as a ragtag group of Middle Eastern fishermen, tax collectors, and zealots became the multiethnic, multifaceted church we know today through historical events that, while they may seem distant, have a direct effect on our everyday lives.
Now thirty of these course-altering events are brought vividly to life by consummate storyteller Alton Gansky. Spanning twenty centuries of history, this lively book will entertain, educate, and enlighten you even as it enriches your appreciation for those who have come before us in the faith.
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About The Author
Alton Gansky is a fulltime writer living in the High Desert area of southern California. He is the author of 20 novels and 6 nonfiction works. His work has been a Christy Award finalist and an Angel Award winner. Alton also served as senior pastor for three Baptist churches in California, serving over 20 years in pulpit ministry.
Prior to entering the ministry, he worked as a firefighter, spent a decade in architecture, and been a business man. He has written numerous videos, advertisements, and other business related material. During his ministry he sought the realization of a childhood dream: writing books. He turned his attention to novel length fiction recognizing the power of story to deliver an unforgettable message. It remains Alton’s goal-whether in fiction or nonfiction-to create an environment for stimulated thinking about spiritual matters.
A popular speaker, Alton has taught such diverse groups as pastors, churches, church planters, and budding writers.
For a time, he served as Dean of Students for a small Bible college in Ventura, California. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in biblical studies and was granted an honorary doctorate.
When not writing, Alton relaxes in his workshop torturing exotic hardwoods into furniture.
Alton has been married to his wife Becky for 35 years. They have 3 extraordinarily good-looking children and five exceptional grandchildren.
It must have been quite difficult for author Alton Gansky to narrow his scope of Church history to just thirty events. I assume that each reader, as I, would have chosen to add or subtract certain events. His religious background as a former atheist, now Baptist minister, contributed to his opinion of what shaped Church history. This review is of the book as it is.
The author’s style of writing is informative, in depth, yet simplistic. Each event is written as a narrative. As an educator, I believe this book would be an excellent textbook for a high school religion class, or as a book club discussion text for adults.
As a lover of history, this book has sparked an interest in me to learn additional information concerning many of the events Alton Gansky wrote. You will be encouraged and blessed to read stories of those who contributed to the Church of today, and strengthened our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
This book was provided by Baker Books in exchange for my honest review.