Church History in Plain Language

  • by Bruce L. Shelley
  • Narrated by Adam Verner
  • 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With more than 315,000 print copies sold, this is the story of the church for today's listeners. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic audiobook that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms.
What separates Dr. Shelley's work from others is its clarity of language and organization. It treats history as the story of people, and the result is that history reads like a story, almost as dramatic and moving as a novel. Yet there is no fiction here. Dr. Shelley was a respected scholar whose work was painstakingly researched and carefully crafted for historical accuracy.
The fourth edition of Shelley's classic one-volume history of the church brings the story of Christianity into the 21st century. This latest edition, now an audiobook and revised by R.L. Hatchett, contains information concerning Gnosticism and its ongoing relevance, the theology of the early church and Reformation, and most extensively, the rapid global extension and transformation of Christianity since 1900.
Unless otherwise specified, all Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. © 1946, 1952, 1971, 1973 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission. Scripture quotations marked NRSV are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™


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Learnt a lot from this book

It was great but to get a full overview of the history of the church over 2000 years. I knew a lot about the Bible and sone of the very early 1st century and 20 century history but very little about the 1800 years in between. Really enjoyed this book.
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- Steve Harris

Not too shabby

I liked the story style of this history. I liked the emphasis on God's work. I appreciated that the author didn't just bash everyone he disagrees with (although he could be nicer to Luther). The only down sides are that the stories jump around and the listener is left struggling to form a timeline in his/her head. My critique of the performance is only as an Englishman. Words are mispronounced like Keswick. The w is silent!
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- Yoel Ben David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio