Robert J. Morgan, author of Then Sings My Soul, has sorted through records spanning the past 2,000 years to uncover the historical accounts featured in his book, On This Day in Christian History. Arranged for daily reading, Morgan’s book introduces readers to 365 significant people and events in Christian history. Included with each one-page account is a verse or passage of Scripture which complements that day’s story. In addition to more familiar names of Christian history such as John Wesley, Joan of Arc, and John Bunyan, readers will also become acquainted with the lives of a number of believers whose names have largely been forgotten in modern times–William Grimshaw, Jerome Savonarola, James Guthrie, and many more. The stories range from the times of the early church to the 20th century and cover events which occurred around the globe.
Reading through On This Day in Christian History, I was challenged in multiple ways by the information presented. Morgan tells of men and women, young and old, rich and poor, who were willing to forsake all to follow Christ. The harsh circumstances which marked their lives is entirely foreign to the ease and comfort characterizing my own. While reading numerous accounts of great sacrifice, hardship, and even martyrdom, I couldn’t help but ask myself if I have any idea at all what it means to take up my cross and follow Christ. Although hearing such stories and asking such questions is not necessarily easy, it is, I believe, a beneficial experience for the followers of Christ.
On This Day in Christian History could either be read as a daily devotional supplement or read through in sections, as I did. The great store of information included in Morgan’s book would prove useful in home schooling lessons, Bible studies, or Sunday school lessons. Parents of teenagers could also use this book to enhance times of family worship.
However this book is used, it will serve not only as rich source of information, but also as a challenging motivation for spiritual growth.
Thomas Nelson provided a complimentary copy of On This Day in Christian History for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.