PERIL AND PEACE: Chronicles of the Ancient Church (Mindy and Brandon Withrow) – 2007

Mindy and Brandon Withrow came up with a great idea a few years ago – Write a series of books for children that chronicle the history of the church in readable prose that will actually prompt folks to read church history.  Their idea is paying off because people are reading these books.  And the audience is not limited to children.  Adults are devouring these books and delighting in church history!

The first volume, Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church introduces readers to the first six hundred years of church history.  A helpful timeline is presented at the outset to provide the overall historical context.

Each chapter begins with a short explanation of the subject at hand.  The authors proceed to write what one might call “historical fiction.”  A better description might be “church history with a sanctified imagination” to borrow a phrase from one of my Seminary professors.

Volume 1 presents key figures of the first six hundred years of church history, including the Apostle Paul, Polycarp, Justin, Athanasius, Augustine, Chrysostom and others.

Three cheers for the Withrows.   Their book is readable, enjoyable, accurate, and should prompt readers of all ages to dive in and discover the roots of historic Christianity.

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