The 40 Most Influential Christians Who Shaped What We Believe Today by Daryl Aaron

This is an incredible book about the history of the church, and 40 of the most influential people in shaping not only the church and its development, but the denominations as well.  I expected quite a few of the people who were in this book – Augustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley…. but there were MANY in this book that I didn’t expect at all.  Who talks about Ulrich Zwingli in normal conversations?  I learned a lot while reading about each person though, and appreciated being able to read the author’s perspective of each of them.  Each person had a section on context, a section talking about their contribution, and the final part showing the conclusion.

While this book had a lot of really great information, it was also written in a very “scholarly” way, and honestly, seemed a little bit distant as I read it.  I have a good amount of education, but I just felt it was written much more for theology students than the everyday reader.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.  The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.


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