This summer, both our men’s and women’s small group studies will be working through John Piper’s book, The Legacy of Sovereign Joy. This book introduces Augustine, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, and then shows how God’s transforming grace worked its radical power in their lives.
As we study through this book this summer, one of my hopes for our time together is to build excitement for the study of Church History. Too many in the modern church are ignorant of the story of the Church for the last 2,000 years. This ignorance blinds us to see old dangers that rise up in new disguises, as well as limits our understanding of both the breadth and depth of the Church. The study of Church History is a blessing too many overlook.
So, to help those interested in digging in beyond our summer study, I’ve put together this resource page. Feel free to add to the list, via the comments section, the titles of (and links to) other resources that have been help to you.
General Church History
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley
Pocket Dictionary of Church History by Nathan Feldmeth
History Lives: The Chronicles of the Church (great for kids!) by Brandon and Mindy Withrow
Introduction to the Reformation
The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World by Stephen J. Nichols
The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation by Michael Reeves
The Reformation for Armchair Theologians by Glenn S. Sunshine
Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown
Augustine for Armchair Theologians by Stephen A. Cooper
Confessions by Augustine
Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought by Stephen J. Nichols
Luther for Armchair Theologians by Stephen D. Paulson
Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
Calvin by Bruce Gordon
John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, Doxology ed. by Burk Parsons
Calvin for Armchair Theologians by Christopher Elwood
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin