* Epic by Tim Challies – Redeemed Reader
Epic guides readers around the world to track down fascinating artifacts from church history.
* *Epic: A trip around the world through the Christian history of Tim Challies. Zondervan, 2020, 167 pages.
Read level: Teen, 15-18 years
Recommended for: from 12 years
This unusual history book is the result of an unexpected meeting between Tim Challies and a stranger who was "just passing through" and wanted to meet for breakfast. With bacon and eggs, Challie's new acquaintance asked a question most of us can only dream of: "If you could take on a project and money wasn't an object, what would you want to do?"
It turned out that there was a group of Christian business people who appreciated Challies' work and wanted to fund a dream project. Challies already had a project in mind and had only completed a proposal the night before – talk about God's perfect timing! The money was in the bank within a week and Challies made interviews and aircraft reservations. A very intense year of travel began, which began with Rome and Jerusalem and spanned six continents. Well-known and obscure artifacts that played a role in the history of the church were discovered. Epic is much more than a travelogue, it is a quick tour of geography and history that should fill the reader with awe and wonder at what the Holy Spirit has accomplished in this world over the centuries.
The focus is on objects: "My hope was that by listening to the little stories told by these remnants of Christian history, I would begin to understand the bigger story and its epic development." Small things are also for God important: Anyone who designs both meteors and microbes packs all things with meaning. The Gutenberg Bible and Wittenberg church door are well known and recognized, but what about John Bunyan's pitcher, Andrew Fuller's snuffbox, and the veranda of the Bonnie Brae House? What small steps led to huge consequences? And which objects, people and places will play a role in the future of the church?
Epic is story that we can take into our hands, as the author literally did. The 33 short chapters, which are interspersed with six "quick looks", are ideal for reading and reading, as well as for reading aloud in the family. If you can't take the trip yourself, this book is the next best – and along with the 10-part documentary (see trailer link below) it's almost as if you were there.
My only complaint: the guy is too small. Or my eyes are too old.
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Overall rating: 5 (of 5)
- Weltanschauung / moral value: 5
- Artistic / literary value: 4.75
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Relatives on the web:
- Check out the trailer for the 10-part Epic Documentary series. (Also available on Amazon.)