What are the best Christian history books?

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    #1A Short World History of Christianity

    A Short World History of Christianity

    A Short World History of Christianity is a nonfiction Church history book written by 2014 by Westminster John Knox Press. With over 300 pages, this book was published in 2014 by Westminster John Knox Press

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    Mark Hart
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I was looking for the best Christian history books and came across this one. I'm so glad that I did, because it's SO good!"
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    #2Why Study History?

    Why Study History?

    Why Study History? Reflecting on the Importance of the Past is a nonfiction Church history book written by John Fea. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 2013 by Baker Academic.

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    Joyce Anderson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "In this introductory textbook, accomplished historian John Fea shows why Christians should study history, how faith is brought to bear on our understanding of the past, and how studying the past can help us more effectively love God and others. Deep historical thinking can relieve us of our narcissism; cultivate humility, hospitality, and love; and transform our lives more fully into the image of Jesus Christ."
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    #3Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings

    Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings

    Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings is a nonfiction Church history book written by Martin Luther King. With over 700 pages, this book was published in 1989 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing.

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    Roger King
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Aw yeah, its my boy M-Luther dropping some more Christian knowledge bombs! All kidding aside, I think its important to be knowledgeable about different religions. This book might not contain all the info you need, but its a good start."
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    #4Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a nonfiction biography Church history book written by Charles Marsh. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 2014 by Knopf.

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    Carol Sims
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Inspiring book about a German pastor who was executed during the time of Hitler. You get a true feel for the era in which it happened, and insight into what was going on and how people felt through all of it."
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    #5John Wesley in America: Restoring Primitive Christianity

    John Wesley in America: Restoring Primitive Christianity
    John Wesley in America: Restoring Primitive Christianity is a nonfiction Church history book written by Geordan Hammond. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 2014 by Oxford University Press.
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    Joseph Pearson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "It is a balanced and well written book. With this book, you will learn about John Wesley in America and his mission. For sure, it is a very informative book."
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    #6The American Church that Might Have Been

    The American Church that Might Have Been

    The American Church that Might Have Been: A History of the Consultation on Church Union is a nonfiction Church history book written by Keith Watkins. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 2014 by Pickwick Publications.

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    Jose Moreno
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I am not sure this would quality as a best Christian history book because it really is a book about Christian history that did not happen. During a forty-year period ending in 2002, leaders of major American churches tried to unite their members, ministries, and public service in a new church they named A Church of Christ Uniting. The Consultation on Church Union (COCU) closed before converting its vision into a new form of the church but it is an interesting story at least for the impact the situation dealt with. "
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    #7The White Monks

    The White Monks

    The White Monks: The Cistercians in Britain is a nonfiction Church history book written by Glyn Coppack. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 2000 by Tempus.
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    Adam Welch
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "It is a great book that explores the Cistercians. It has a deep history of when it was built and what it was used for."
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    #8The Other Friars

    The Other Friars

    The Other Friars: The Carmelite, Augustinian, Sack and Pied Friars in the Middle Ages is a nonfiction Church history book written by Frances Andrews. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 2006 by Boydell Press.

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    Michelle Allen
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book about the way Christians have lived in the past. It should be a good lesson to others!"
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    #9Awash in a Sea of Faith

    Awash in a Sea of Faith

    Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People is a nonfiction Church history book written by  Jon Butler. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 1992 by Harvard University Press.
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    Vicky Duan
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Telling the story of the Christian faith is a long one, even more so when dealing with the international nature of the thing. Awash does a very good job of getting to the meat of the story, though it's worth noting that so much information has been lost. Take it for the coffee table, and with a grain of salt."
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    #10Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth---and How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts

    Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth---and How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts
    Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth—and How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts is a book written by Robert J. Hutchinson. The book offers evidence that supports the orthodox Christian belief.
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    Dhruv Mukopadhyay
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "not my type of genre at all. even reading the link, its not interesting to me"
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    #11Do Hard Things

    Do Hard Things

    Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations is a nonfiction book about Christianity written by Alex Harris and Brett Harris. This was originally published in 2008.

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    #12The Darkening Age

    The Darkening Age

    The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World is a non-fiction book written by Catherine Nixey which talks about the history of the rise of Christianity and explains how its followers have evolved in the classical years. 

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    Pablo Seefoo
    Written on October 8, 2018
    "Great book about the dark side of Christianity: It explains in depth how Christianity began as an extremist, over zealous religion that destroyed everything it didn't consider "pure". It sheds a lot of light by comparison on how we view jidahist islam nowadays. The book is very well written and although it tackles complex subjects, it never bores and is always engaging. Very recommended."
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