Friday, September 16, 2011

Parade Of Faith: A Book Review

About The Book:

Part storybook, part textbook, part historical overview, Parade of Faith presents the history of Christianity in riveting fashion. Ruth Tucker adopts the metaphor of a parade, journey, or pilgrimage to explore the history of Christianity, which began as the Messiah marched out of the pages of the Old Testament and will end one day when “the saints go marching in” to the New Jerusalem. The book is divided into two chronological groupings: first, the advent of Christianity until the German and Swiss Reformations; second, the Anabaptist movement and Catholic Reformation until the present-day worldwide expansion of the church. Yet, ultimately the topic matter is not movements, dates, or a stream of facts, but instead people—people who still have stories to tell other Christians. And with a little help from clues to their own contexts, they can still speak clearly today. This book is laid out systematically to showcase the biographies of such prominent figures within their historical settings. The pages are peppered with sidebars, historical “what if” questions, explorations of relevant topics for today, personal reflections, illustrations, and lists for further reading. Parade of Faith is an excellent introduction for undergraduate students and interested lay readers.

You can read an excerpt of Parade of Faith here, in PDF Format.

About The Author:

Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has taught mission studies and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of dozens of articles and eighteen books, including the award-winning From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Visit her website at

My Review:

A fantastic overview of church history for all those interested in the history of the Christian church. Well written with a ton of personal notes, sidebars, illustrations and more, college students, pastors, and laypeople will all get something out of reading Parade of Faith. The book is very well organized and can be read in a chronological order or you can also pick and choose what you want to focus on, without getting completely lost.

I highly recommend this book as a supplement to other great books about Church History and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Parade of Faith at your favorite bookseller from Zondervan

***I received a complimentary e-copy of this book, courtesy of Zondervan and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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