40 Days with the Fathers: A Journey Through Church History

by Luke J. Wilson (Author)

Take a journey through the first 400 years of Church History in only 40 days!

Book Description:​

Take a journey through the first 400 years of Church History in only 40 days!

Over the course of this reading plan you will read extracts and commentary on 23 different early Church texts from a selection of some of the most influential Church Fathers:

Didache, Diognetus, Polycarp, Ignatius, Justin Martyr, Cyprian, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ambrose of Milan, and Leo the Great.

These people who came before us, those great men of faith, many of whom suffered persecution and martyrdom to preserve the Church and Christ’s mission, bridge the gap between the Bible and the present day. They fill the void we sometimes wonder about when we get to the end of reading Acts or the Epistles and think, “what happened next?” or “what happened to the Ephesian church after Paul left?” — well now you can read for yourself and see how God continued to grow His Church!

“I cannot imagine there is a better way to get familiar with 350 of the most important years of church history in seven hours spread over 40 days.” — Paul Pavao, author of Decoding Nicea

Praise for 40 Days with the Fathers:

“Timeless truths still for today”
“Insightful and captivating”
“[This book] will round out your knowledge and help you become a better teacher.”
“If you are a pastor or church leader, I highly recommend this book for you.”

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Great read! Very enjoyable, informative, accessible, and well structured. It's not overly technical but neither is it overly simplistic. Bursting with great historical and edifying information! I appreciate how the author includes the context of each church father in a succinct introductions as the reader moves from one church father to the next. This should make it very accessible to those who don't already have much background knowledge in church history. Or, for someone like myself who has a working knowledge of the church history and the early church fathers, these brief introductions provide an excellent refresher before delving into the core of the writing, which contain key excerpts from some of the most influential church fathers. Along with the selected excerpts, Wilson provides his own passionate insight. Each chapter is also lightly sprinkled with helpful footenotes that provide rather interesting and relevant tid-bits pertinent to the chapter and the key figure being addressed. The only critique I can think of is that I did come across a couple very minor word typos. Highly recommend to all!

Luke J. Wilson (Author)

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Luke has a BA (Hons) in Biblical Studies and Theology and has been reading and studying the works of the Early Church Fathers for over five years. After being involved in various short-term missions to South Africa, he currently lives in Devon, England, where he co-founded WebBoss Ltd, a web development software company, with his father, Kevin. When not working, Luke writes frequently on his theological blog, That Ancient Faith, or spends time with his wife Lucy and his young daughter, Amelia. To get in touch, or to find out more about Luke, visit: lukejwilson.com

40 Days with the Fathers: A Journey Through Church History

Great read! Very enjoyable, informative, accessible, and well structured. It's not overly technical but neither is it overly simplistic. Bursting with great historical and edifying information! I appreciate how the author includes the context of each church father in a succinct introductions as the reader moves from one church father to the next. This should make it very accessible to those who don't already have much background knowledge in church history. Or, for someone like myself who has a working knowledge of the church history and the early church fathers, these brief introductions provide an excellent refresher before delving into the core of the writing, which contain key excerpts from some of the most influential church fathers. Along with the selected excerpts, Wilson provides his own passionate insight. Each chapter is also lightly sprinkled with helpful footenotes that provide rather interesting and relevant tid-bits pertinent to the chapter and the key figure being addressed. The only critique I can think of is that I did come across a couple very minor word typos. Highly recommend to all!

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