Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Book Review: On this Day in Christian History

It would make a nice gift for any church history buff:  On This Day in Christian History:  365 amazing and inspiring stories about saints, martyrs, and heroes, by Robert J. Morgan. 

Unless you're particular about your definition of a hero, that is.  The entries, which are dated like that of a daily devotional book, herald the deeds of such men as Ulrich Zwingli, C.H. Spurgeon, and Hudson Taylor.  Inspiring, for sure! 

Littering the pages also are folks such as Simeon, a monk who spent thirty years atop a tall pillar, and Elizabeth Hooton, a Quaker preacher.  Morgan doesn't seem to be overly choosy in his inclusion of religious figures; however, it certainly does make for some interesting reading.  I could imagine a pastor or inspirational speaker would find it especially interesting, both for general knowledge and for illustrative use.  The book also includes an index of selected topics, a handy resource for such purposes.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.