Best History of Christianity Books

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1. We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding Courageously to Our Culture's Assault on Christianity

Author: by Erwin W. Lutzer
Published at: Harvest House Publishers (November 3, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0736981798

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If I could, I would put this book into the hands of every Christian in America. Dr. David JeremiahBe strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

Each day, you watch America turn further from Christian values and the core principles of liberty. It’s frustrating to feel you can’t assert biblical truth without facing condemnation, and fearful to witness outrage and victimhood replace respect and reason. Amidst this dissent, how can you not only stay rooted in your own faith, but continue publicly testifying for Jesus?

In We Will Not Be Silenced, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer prepares you to live out your convictions against a growing tide of hostility. Gain a better understanding of nonbelievers’ legitimate hurts and concerns regarding issues like racism, sexism, and povertyand identify the toxic responses secular culture disguises as solutions.

In the process, you’ll see how you can show compassion and gentleness to those outside of the faith without affirming their beliefs. We Will Not Be Silenced will ready you to move beyond fear and boldly accept the challenge of representing Christ to a watching world that needs Him now more than ever before.


2. Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents

Author: by Rod Dreher
Published at: Sentinel (September 29, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0593087398

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Benedict Option draws on the wisdom of Christian survivors of Soviet persecution to warn American Christians of approaching dangers. For years, migrs from the former Soviet bloc have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of “soft” totalitarianism cropping up in America-something more Brave New World than Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Identity politics are beginning to encroach on every aspect of life. Civil liberties are increasingly seen as a threat to “safety”. Progressives marginalize conservative, traditional Christians, and other dissenters. Technology and consumerism hasten the possibility of a corporate surveillance state.

And the pandemic, having put millions out of work, leaves our country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation. In Live Not By Lies, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who fought totalitarianism. He explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation.


3. The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

Author: by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Published at: Penguin Press (February 16, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1984880338

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The instant New York Times bestseller and companion book to the PBS series. Absolutely brilliant… A necessary and moving work.Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., author of Begin AgainEngaging…. In Gates’s telling, the Black church shines bright even as the nation itself moves uncertainly through the gloaming, seeking justice on earthas it is in heaven.

Jon Meacham, New York Times Book ReviewFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African American experience comes a powerful new history of the Black church as a foundation of Black life and a driving force in the larger freedom struggle in America.

For the young Henry Louis Gates, Jr., growing up in a small, residentially segregated West Virginia town, the church was a center of gravityan intimate place where voices rose up in song and neighbors gathered to celebrate life’s blessings and offer comfort amid its trials and tribulations.

In this tender and expansive reckoning with the meaning of the Black Church in America, Gates takes us on a journey spanning more than five centuries, from the intersection of Christianity and the transatlantic slave trade to today’s political landscape.


4. Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

Author: by Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Published at: Liveright; Illustrated edition (June 23, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1631495731

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A scholar of American Christianity presents a seventy-five-year history of evangelicalism that identifies the forces that have turned Donald Trump into a hero of the Religious Right. How did a libertine who lacks even the most basic knowledge of the Christian faith win 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016?

And why have white evangelicals become a presidential reprobate’s staunchest supporters? These are among the questions acclaimed historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez asks in Jesus and John Wayne, which delves beyond facile headlines to explain how white evangelicals have brought us to our fractured political moment.

Challenging the commonly held assumption that the moral majority backed Donald Trump for purely pragmatic reasons, Du Mez reveals that Donald Trump in fact represents the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals’ most deeply held values. Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping account of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, showing how American evangelicals have worked for decades to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism, or in the words of one modern chaplain, with a spiritual badass.


5. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

Author: by Jemar Tisby

Zondervan (January 7, 2020)

256 pages

10.4 ounces

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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller! An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically-up to the present day-worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response.

The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don’t know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.

The Color of Compromise:Takes you on a historical, sociological, and religious journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil WarCovers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and the strides of today’s Black Lives Matter movementReveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integrationCharts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, immediate actionIs a perfect book for pastors and other faith leaders, students, non-students, book clubs, small group studies, history lovers, and all lifelong learnersThe Color of Compromise is not a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians.


6. The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name

Author: by Brian C. Muraresku
Published at: St. Martin's Press (September 29, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1250207142

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER As seen on The Joe Rogan Experience! A groundbreaking dive into the role psychedelics have played in the origins of Western civilization, and the real-life quest for the Holy Grail that could shake the Church to its foundations.

The most influential religious historian of the 20th century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the “best-kept secret” in history. Did the Ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same, secret tradition?

A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs and fungi passed from one generation to the next, ever since the Stone Age? There is zero archaeological evidence for the original Eucharist the sacred wine said to guarantee life after death for those who drink the blood of Jesus.

The Holy Grail and its miraculous contents have never been found. In the absence of any hard data, whatever happened at the Last Supper remains an article of faith for today’s 2. 5 billion Christians. In an unprecedented search for real answers, The Immortality Key examines the archaic roots of the ritual that is performed every Sunday for nearly one third of the planet.


7. 100 Bible Verses That Made America: Defining Moments That Shaped Our Enduring Foundation of Faith

Author: by Robert J. Morgan
Published at: Thomas Nelson (February 4, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0718079628

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Esteemed author Robert J. Morgan explores 100 Bible verses that powerfully impacted our leaders during defining moments in American history and reflects upon what these verses mean for us as a nation today. The Bible has played a starring role in American history from our nation’s beginnings.

When George Washington was sworn into office as our first president, he did not place his hand on the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States, as hallowed as those documents are. Instead, he swore upon and even kissed the Bible to sanctify this important moment.

The Bible, Washington knew, had ushered American history to this point. Trying to explain American history without its Bible is like trying to understand the human body without its bloodstream. Had there been no Bible, there would be no America as we know it.

It is the Bible that made America. While not every Founding Father was a Christian, a Bible-believer, or a paragon of virtue and not every leader has honored the Bible nor appreciated its influence, there is an undeniable history of leaders who’ve been intimately acquainted with the contents of the Bible, who’ve studied its scriptures and respected its teachings.

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The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Author: by James H. Cone
Published at: Orbis; Reprint edition (January 1, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1626980051

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The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.

Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and black death, the cross symbolizes divine power and black life God overcoming the power of sin and death.

For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era.


9. Majestic Rose Nouveau Bible Tabs (Majestic™ Bible)

Author: by Ellie Claire
Published at: Ellie Claire Gifts (July 1, 2008)
ISBN: 978-1934770986

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Majestic Rose Nouveau Bible Tabs Set Perfect for those carry their Bible with a sense of style. Rose Nouveau Floral background pattern with pink edges are a visually pleasing way to find favorite Scriptures. 72 pink foil-edged tabs for Bible from 7 inches up to 12 inches.

Set includes: Old and New Testament tabs, special notation tabs and a Life Verse tab. Tabs are printed on both sides, come with a quick & easy placement guide and are placed in a compact 3.25″ x 6. 25″ package that can either hang on a hook or stand on a counter.

10. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Author: by Gregory Boyle
Published at: Free Press; 60840th edition (February 22, 2011)
ISBN: 978-1439153154

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For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.

Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JCPenney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love.

From ten-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each chapter we benefit from Boyle’s gentle, hard-earned wisdom. These essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair.

11. The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume

Author: by Marvin W. Meyer

HarperOne

844 pages

9780061626005

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The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, edited by Marvin Meyer, is the most complete, up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the renowned library of Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945, which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls find in significance. It includes the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and the recently discovered Gospel of Judas, as well as other Gnostic gospels and sacred texts.

This volume also includes introductory essays, notes, tables, glossary, index, etc. To help the reader understand the context and contemporary significance of these texts which have shed new light on early Christianity and ancient thought. The compilation of ancient manuscripts that constitute The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is a discovery that challenges everything we thought we knew about the early Christian church, ancient Judaism, and Greco-Roman religions.

12. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

Author: by E. Randolph Richards
Published at: IVP Books; 1st edition (November 4, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0830837823

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Bookwi.Se’s Favorite Books of the Year, Non-FictionWhat was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text.

For example:When Western readers hear Paul exhorting women to “dress modestly,” we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty. But most women in that culture would never wear racy clothing. The context suggests that Paul is likely more concerned about economic modesty-that Christian women not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes, braided hair and gold jewelry.

Some readers might assume that Moses married “below himself” because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites, who were highly respected. Aaron and Miriam probably thought Moses was being presumptuous by marrying “above himself.”Western individualism leads us to assume that Mary and Joseph traveled alone to Bethlehem.

13. Majestic Traditional Gold-Edged Tabs

Author: by Ellie Claire
Published at: Ellie Claire Gifts; Unbnd edition (February 1, 2008)
ISBN: 978-1934770139

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Traditional Gold-Edged Set 84 gold foil-edged tabs for Bibles from 7 inches up to 12 inches. Set includes tabs for Old and New Testaments and Catholic books. Also includes a selection of special tabs for marking your concordance, note sections and even your own special Life Verse.

Tabs are printed on both sides, come with a quick and easy placement guide and are conveniently packaged in a compact 3.25″ x 6. 25″ package that can hang on a peg or stand on a counter.

14. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Author: by Jon Krakauer
Published at: Anchor (June 8, 2004)
ISBN: 978-0385511513

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This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith.

Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

15. He Leadeth Me: An Extraordinary Testament of Faith

Author: by Walter J. Ciszek S.J.
Published at: Image; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0804141529

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A deeply personal story of one man’s spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse. Captured by a Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a “Vatican spy,” Jesuit Father Walter J.

Ciszek spent 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. Only through an utter reliance on God’s will did he manage to endure the extreme hardship. He tells of the courage he found in prayer-a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustration, the anguish, the fears, the despair.

For, as Ciszek relates, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amidst the “arrogance of evil” that surrounded him. Ciszek learns to accept the inhuman work in the infamous Siberian salt mines as a labor pleasing to God.

And through that experice, he was able to turn the adverse forces of circumstance into a source of positive value and a means of drawing closer to the compassionate and never-forsaking Divine Spirit. He Leadeth Me is a book to inspire all Christians to greater faith and trust in God-even in their darkest hour.

16. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community

Author: by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Published at: HarperOne; 1st edition (May 26, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0060608521

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In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, renowned Christian minister, professor, and author of The Cost of Discipleship recounts his unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Giving practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups, Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.