Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History

Christianity is a faith in love with history. God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. The Spirit carried that divine work over the centuries, providing courage and maturity even amid our imperfections.

Christians find their true family line not through tribes and ethnic blood, but in the bond of faithfulness and shed blood that has united our family for millennia. We too often view Church history as the story of obscure people, instead of as the lives of brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.

In this collection of forty-six chronologically arranged biographies, Hannula sketches the stirring trials and triumphs of many famous and some lesser known figures in our family of faith, including Augustine, Charlemagne, Anselm, Luther, Bunyan, and Charles Spurgeon.

These biographies provide a wonderful glimpse into the role that the Christian faith played in the lives of people throughout history; beginning with the “Early Church,” moving into the “Middle Ages” followed by the “Reformation” and the “Post-Reformation,” and finishing with “Modern Missions” and “Recent Times.” This provides a great way to learn Church history through fascinating biographical sketches!

Note: While this book is a tremendous resource for Church history, due to its mature content, we waited to use it until our students were older and more mature in their faith. With that being said, I am excited for our students not to miss the opportunity to read this wonderful book as one part of our study of world history.