By Alton Gansky
The Church exists this day in its present shape as a result those that have come ahead of us. Who have been these humans? Staid and dour students? Cultural movers and shakers? How does their contribution to background impact us today?
From a consummate storyteller comes this number of inspiring biographical sketches of people that performed pivotal roles in advancing the dominion of God on the earth. In wealthy prose and spanning twenty centuries of church heritage, those attractive narratives variety from the well known to the vague, highlighting personalities akin to Josephus, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Galileo, John Calvin, Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Edwards, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Wilberforce, G. okay. Chesterton, and so on. Readers will consider the previous come alive and mingle of their minds with the current country of the Church, encouraging and provoking them to reside their very own religion courageously in our time—and form the Church of the long run.
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60 People Who Shaped the Church. Learning from Sinners, Saints, Rogues, and Heroes by Alton Gansky