No More Dusty Dry Tomes! Discover the Exciting Story of the Church -- Illustrated and Easy-to-Read.
Shelley’s classic one-volume history of the church makes history come alive! It has become the first choice not only of many laypeople and church leaders, but the standard text in many classrooms around the world. Shelley's clarity, both in language and organization, sets this resource apart. It treats history as the story of people--their motivations, the issues they grapple with, the decisions they make--and the result is that history reads like a story.
This second edition explores contemporary movements as well as their leading personalities, the effects of mass media on the communication of the gospel worldwide, and the openness of societies formerly closed to evangelical witness. Charts, images, timelines, and maps throughout the text help provide context and insight.
This is a trustworthy and easy-to-read guide. Church History in Plain Language makes the story of the church clear, memorable, and accessible to every reader.
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Dr. Bruce Shelley is Senior Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Denver Theological Seminary. He holds the M.Div degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
Review: "Graciousness and clarity have never been thick on the ground in the world--nor in the church. Their presence here, as the intellectual and personal gift of a remarkably faithful scholar, is a boon to us all." -- Dr. Mark Noll, Wheaton College
Reviewed by (Freddie Roberson, London, England, United Kingdom) - I am a missionary/pastor that has worked in London, England for over 42 years. My situation is very unique, as I am of African/American descent and was raised in the Los Angeles area before coming to serve here in my early 20's. I have been preaching and teaching in bible schools and in churches throughout my ministry and at the beginning I had very few resources and could not afford a bible programme. A fellow missionary from Germany told me about e-Sword and I downloaded the programme for free. This changes my life considerably! So many resources were instantly at my fingertips. I no longer had to spend hours looking up tiny references in the array of books that I had managed to obtain, and so much more was available to me. E-Sword cut my research time and made it possible for me to do even more! I thank God for the vision and sacrifice of Rick Meyers and all those who have made this possible. I will never be able to fully tell you how this bible resource has helped me, and so doing has changed lives. God bless you all!
Certaiinly Plain Language (8/31/2022)
Reviewed by (Annie Newman, Filer, Idaho, US) - The author sticks to the plain language and plain opinions. He tries to cover all gambits of the history at the particular time he is speaking of. Occasionally he slips in political statements, but is not carried away with them. The narrative is interesting and one can pick up some very useful information. Helps to fill in the gaps of some recent history.
Excellent reading (6/9/2022)
Reviewed by (John Bailey, Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia) - I have enjoyed reading this history as this is often one area of Christianity that is not emphasised. Knowing the growth of Christianity from the 1st century has been very enlightening. Very easy to read.
Reviewed by (Timothy Semple, Leonardtown, MD, United States) - Look at any list for book recommendations on Church History and Shelley is always on the list, if not at the top. I read the first edition of Shelley's book back in the 80's. I have never found a history of the Christian Church that is as informative and balanced, and written in a way that is as satisfying for the average reader. Over the years I have collected the updates of his book and I actually wore out the first copy I had. Other works, like Philip Schaff's history, are more thorough than Shelley's book, but not nearly as readable. I highly and without reservation recommend this and I am very glad eSword has it in their reference library.
Reviewed by (Philip Saw, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore) - Thanks for preparing this book to be able to read with esword.
Very good sorce (4/16/2018)
Reviewed by (Chan Smith, bedford, ky, US) - I love history of all kinds especially church history. It is a great help to me in my personal growth. I am thankful for this resource.
Reviewed by (Bernard Petrie, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom) - Excellent very informative and helpful.
Simple easy to read (8/7/2016)
Reviewed by (Shawn Creamer, Dallas, GA, US) - A concise history that hits on most of the high points. Well written and interesting. The summaries of each period are brief, but sufficient to get the big picture clearly.
Great resource for personal study! (1/22/2016)
Reviewed by (Dennis Denton, Fort Mill, South Carolina, US) - I find this to be a great resource. It is easy to read and the content is fascinating. I use it as an aid in teaching my family about the foundations of their faith, and it encourages me in my daily walk with the Lord and in sharing my faith with others. Best of all it is in plain language that anyone can understand.
Reviewed by (Addie Burt, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa) - Great reading and well documented
Reviewed by (Dana Krebs, Fairport, NY, US) - I love the easy way to grab what I need as I prepare to study and teach. These are great tools that I wish I had used and prepared from earlier in my walk. Keep up the good work!
good reading (4/15/2014)
Reviewed by (Harold Sr, Logan, Oh, United States) - good study book
Reviewed by (Robert Baker, Lakelands, NSW, Australia) - Unfortunately not as easy to access as I thought as I am a Mac user
a good read (6/16/2012)
Reviewed by (Vince Misdom, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia) - Shelley's review of Christian history is refreshing in that it is a readable take on the phases of Christian history without going into all the detail that leaves lots of us disengaged.
Church History in Plain Language (6/16/2012)
Reviewed by (Timothy Morbitzer, North Manchester, IN, United States) - Great resource. Easily accessible. Thorough and detailed, yet easy to understand. Beneficial to scholar, student and layperson!
Plain Language Works (6/16/2012)
Reviewed by (Jo' van Tonder, GORDONS BAY, WESTERN CAPE, South Africa) - I use this as reference material in our study group as we study Ray vanderlaan's series of videos. I have found the book very useful for this and will eventually read the entire book. By the way, we are doing this study in Afghanistan and the group is from a variety of Christian cultures.
Great historical information (6/5/2012)
Reviewed by (Lawrence Neill, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) - This contains an excellent source on church history.
Church History for plain preaching (6/5/2012)
Reviewed by (winston white, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa) - I have a very good, detailed, in-depth church history which is good to read in small bites.It is very erudite indeed; but it is not quick or easy to reference a particular time or event.
I find this Church History in Plain Language easy to reference and easy to understand.
I find it particularly useful as well as enlightening when I prepare sermons.I am a local (lay) prreacher in the Methodist Church It is clear and cocise enough without eng too short.
I believe it to be a very worthhile addition to any Christian who wants to understand ou church history.
This resoure is real value for money.