Today, my friends, I will review the previously promised book by Dr. Steve Lawson. Pillars of Grace: AD 100-1564 was published in 2011 by Reformation Trust Publishing and contains over 500 pages of church history. As you can see, from the title, it starts at roughly the time of the Patristic Fathers and moves straight through to the Reformation. As you know, if you follow my homeschooling updates, Kayliegh is going backward through time following the lives, testimonies, accomplishments for God, and deaths of these same men. This is the main reason why I decided to bite the bullet and actually spend money on a book. When I complete a lesson plan for homeschoolers I’ll be including references to this book, and Dr. Nathan Businetz lectures through church history. For that reason, I would highly recommend you read this book alongside listening to those lectures. You’ll have your church history down like no one’s business!
Before I proceed with a review of this book I have to confess that I am not an unbiased observer. I have been so blessed by Dr. Lawson’s preaching, teaching, and Men’s Bible Study’s which he, of course, invites women to listen to and learn from. That being said, I found his book very easy to read. Often times history can seem dry, and impersonal, but Dr. Lawson’s humor and passion shine through making this historical book a smooth and interesting read. Specifically, he links the men throughout church history who taught Gods sovereignty, showing that the doctrines of Grace were nothing new to the Reformers. I found this very fascinating and needed in a society that frequently feels disconnected from its history.
We’ve all been told, as Protestants, that church history belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. That’s not only patently false, with clear historical evidence from religious and secular texts, it’s also discouraging to those who desire to know how the church got to where she is today. Who among us hasn’t finished the book of Acts with curiosity? What happened to the men in Paul’s letters who he lifts up as Godly men, what happened to the men taught by Peter, Paul, and John? Where did Timothy go, who did he pass on the knowledge given to him by Paul? If you do a quick Google search you’ll be hard pressed to find any mention of Patristic Fathers that don’t have the title Saint before their name. They do happen to be saints, not because a church centuries later decided so, but because God saved them by His grace. This book will help give a proper, historical, context for where the church has been over the past 1900 years.
This book is actually the second, the first being Foundations of Grace which takes a look at the same topic but throughout the Biblical times, Genesis to Revelation. That one is on my list, and I look forward to reading it in the future. As for the second book, I recommend it for all ages. This book does contain the Gospel, several times detailed by the writer, so this would be a great book for your curious Catholic friends or family members. It’s also great for anyone who wants to take a trip through time to get to know our brothers in Christ already gone to glory, the ones who gave their lives for the Gospel, for the Word, for the truth. The ones who lived their lives as shining examples for us all. The ones who loved the Lord our God as we, ourselves do, imperfectly but with tremendous humility. I pray this review, and the book blesses you all as it blessed me. You can find it in hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.