“365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories About Saints, Martyrs and Heroes” is a good description of this daily devotional. Each day provides a glimpse into the life of a significant church figure or event. The stories are short (one page) and followed by a verse selected from the Contemporary English Version. There is a brief index of selected topics which includes theological terms, issues, and practical living topics (like parenting, marriage, etc.).
For the serious church historian you may want to look elsewhere. While the stories are interesting and inspiring they are incomplete and removed from their fuller context. The book does a good job of not hiding Christianity’s often embarrassing history (bloody disputes between Christian brothers and the impious passions of certain popes). important councils are introduced but given the nature of the book are hardly done justice. All in all, this is a fun and inspiring read for those new to church history and would be worth reading through the course of a year. One helpful addition would an index of individuals and events.
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