Book Give Away

This week I’m offering a new book from Baker Academic called The Patient Ferment of the Early Church by Alan Kreider. Here’s the catalog description:

“During the three centuries before the conversion of the emperor Constantine, the Christian church grew in the Roman Empire. It grew despite disincentives, harassment, and occasional persecution. What enabled Christianity to be so successful that, by the fifth century, it was the established religion of the empire?

In this unique historical study, Alan Kreider delivers the fruit of a lifetime of study as he tells the amazing story of the spread of Christianity over its first four hundred years. Challenging traditional understandings, Kreider contends the early church grew because patience was of central importance in the life and witness of the early Christians. Patience was the virtue about which the patristic writers wrote most–Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine all wrote treatises on it. Patience entailed trusting God, who was inexorably at work; obeying Jesus, who embodied patience and called his followers to live in unusual, patient ways; and responding to people who were attracted to their life and message in such a way that they would be formed to become patient believers. Instead of writing about evangelistic method, the early Christians reflected on prayer, catechesis, and worship, all of which formed believers to have patient reflexes and to participate in a church that grew not by plan but by ferment. This book will benefit professors, students, and scholars of ancient Christianity, mission, liturgy, and Christian formation as well as pastors and church leaders.”

Leave your name in the comments section by NLT Friday April 8th, 6:00 am EST. I’ll announce the winner that Friday. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry.



About Louis

I am a 1997 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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19 Responses to Book Give Away

  1. Dwight Gingrich says:

    Dwight Gingrich. This sounds good!


  2. Michael says:

    Michael Metts


  3. Matthew George says:

    Matthew George


  4. Brian Frick says:

    Brian F


  5. Daniel Lute says:

    Daniel Lute


  6. mccrackenrandy says:

    Randy McCracken


  7. Ted Weis. Fascinating thesis!!


  8. Jason says:

    Jason Gardner


  9. Harold Dixon says:

    Harold Dixon


  10. Victor R. Martinez says:

    Victor R. Martinez


  11. Doug Wilson says:

    Doug Wilson


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    Will Bell


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    Sean Lu


  14. Frank Federico says:

    Frank Federico


  15. Laura says:

    Laura Martin. Your post today sparked my interest!!


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