Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church

Let history come to life just the way it should be. Read the stories of Paul, Polycarp, Justin, Origen, Cyprian, Constantine, Athanasius, Ambrose, Augustine, John Chrysostom, Jerome, Patrick and Benedict. From the apostle Paul to Benedict you can discover how those in the early church still influence church today.

In their lives you will see the young and developing church struggling and growing in a hostile and difficult world. Watch in amazement as a varied selection of people from different countries, cultures and times merge together to form the Christian church. Learn from their mistakes and errors but more importantly learn from their amazing strengths and gifts. Marvel at the incredible things accomplished by God in such a short space of time.

Written in a modern and relaxed style this is a book that will introduce you to history without the tears and with all the wonder. There are longer chapters interspersed with short factual chapters. Extra features throughout this book look deeper into issues such as persecution; worship; creeds and councils and the formation of the Bible as well as a timeline.

Note: Several of the chapters do contain some disturbing content, so we skip two of these chapters and offer an alternative option for several other chapters instead. This allows us to use this truly excellent resource in a way that is flexible in meeting each family’s unique needs. The child is scheduled to read this book independently.