Augustine. Luther. Calvin.
Hubmaier. Edwards. Carey. Henry.
Some of the richest spiritual lessons have come to me by way of great biographies. Jason has chosen seven fascinating, critically important figures and distilled some of their most important contributions to our faith and life. It’s a delight to read.
–J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church, author of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart and Gospel
In Seven Summits, Jason G. Duesing gives a brief introduction to major figures in the history of Christianity for churches and all readers.
The history of Christianity is like that of a great mountain range, with immense length comprised of peaks and valleys, enduring both stormy and prosperous weather. Certain figures in this history have risen to high peaks and represent significant moments in theological development. These figures are the hinge for major swings in the expansion of Christian thought.
Duesing offers a quick, yet insightful introduction to seven of the highest peaks worth climbing in church history. His biographical summaries include Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Hubmaier, Edwards, Carey, and Henry. By examining the peaks of Christian history in these seven figures, this book engages several key issues without overwhelming the reader.
It is brief but packed with pertinent information any student of history should know.
Seven Summits in Church History
Jason G. Duesing
Rainer Publishing, 2016
What People Are Saying About Seven Summits in Church History
For those intimidated by church history, or for those who want to learn more but don’t know where to start, this little book may be just what you need. Dr. Duesing offers a user-friendly introduction to seven sinners saved by grace who shaped the life of the church in significant ways. Think of those mini theological biographies as enticing appetizers designed to whet your reading appetite for more!
—Justin Taylor, Vice President of Book Publishing at Crossway and he blogs at Between Two Worlds—hosted by The Gospel Coalition.
Jason Duesing’s Seven Summits in Church History delivers serious Christian history in a crisp, lively format. I recommend it to anyone wanting a reliable introduction to the history of Christianity, from the perspective of some of its greatest minds, from Augustine to Jonathan Edwards and more.
—Thomas S. Kidd, Professor of History, Baylor University
Studying the history of the Church is vital to Christian life but often viewed as a daunting endeavor. With short, concise chapters on seven major figures in the history of the Church, Jason Duesing has produced an incredibly helpful book for the everyday Christian looking to explore Church History.
—Kevin Peck, Lead Pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas
Jason Duesing has done it again! He has shown the importance of Christian history by giving us these succinct and accurate vignettes of seven of the most important figures among the people of God—from St. Augustine to Carl F.H. Henry. A great primer in Christian biography.
—Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture.
Every movement needs heroes. Evangelicals stand to gain wisdom and perspective by standing on the mountaintops of church history and looking at our current setting in light of what God has done in the past. In this book, Jason Duesing provides an introductory guide to important figures in church history. This is a book that is both insightful and accessible and will serve to whet your appetite for further study.
—Trevin Wax, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, author of Clear Winter Nights, Gospel-Centered Teaching, and Counterfeit Gospels
If anybody’s looking for a tantalizing appetizer for the big world of church history, this little book on 7 of the heaviest hitters can’t be beat.
—Jared C. Wilson, Managing Editor of For the Church, author of Gospel Deeps, Gospel Wakefulness, and The Story of Everything.
This is an excellent tool for the novice to the history of Christianity and also a great reminder for more advanced students that God changes history through people.
—Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History, Southern Seminary.
You can purchase Seven Summits here.
Reviews of Seven Summits:
(Feb 2016) Books at a Glance by Cody Glen Barnhart
(Apr 2016) Evangelicals Now by Michael A. G. Haykin
(April 2016) LifeWay Pastors by Mark Dance
(April 2016) Hobbits and Handkercheifs by Joe Garner
(Aug 2016) Themelios 41:2 by Michael A. G. Haykin
(Spring 2016) SWJT 58:2 by W. Madison Grace II
Seven Summits Series Posts:
- 7 Summits with Owen Strachan
- 7 Summits with Ed Stetzer and David Prince
- 7 Summits with Trevin Wax and Bruce Ashford
- 7 Summits with Ronnie Floyd and J. T. English
- 7 Summits with Malcolm Yarnell and Jim Hamilton
- 7 Summits with Nathan Finn and Jared Wilson
- 7 Summits with Paige Patterson and Jason Allen
- 7 Summits with Danny Akin and Russell Moore