Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church
History Lives Series, Vol. 1
by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
Christian Focus Publications, 224 pages
ISBN: 1845500822
Longlisted for the 2006 Cybils Award (Non-Fiction Middle Grade and YA)!

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Publisher Description
: Let history come to life—just the way it should! Read the stories behind the first six hundred years of the church and discover the roots of Christianity. From the apostle Paul to Benedict you can discover how the early church still influences today.

Live with these people in their hostile and difficult world. Be encouraged as different countries, cultures and times merge together to form the Christian church. Learn from their mistakes and errors and learn from their amazing strengths and gifts.

Extra features throughout this book look deeper into issues such as persecution, worship, creeds and councils, and the formation of the Bible.

This is the first in a series intended to cover the history of the Christian church through its people. They are written with 9-14 year olds in mind but the modern, relaxed and enthusiastic style is infectious!

Contents: This volume spans the years from the birth of Christ to 590 A.D. Chapters highlight the lives of Paul, Polycarp and Ignatius, Justin, Origen, Cyprian, Constantine, Athanasius, The Great Cappadocians, Ambrose, Augustine, John Chrysostom, Jerome, Patrick, and Benedict. Additional background features include: Ancient Church Timeline; What was the Ancient Church?; Terrible Trials and Persecutions; Worship in the Ancient Church; Early Creeds and Councils; How Did We Get the Bible?; and Other Early Christians.

On the cover: Jerome, the fifth-century Bible translator, is pictured in his Bethlehem monastery at work on the major translation that will become known as the Vulgate.