New Book Details Christianity’s Amazing Survival Through Persecution

Tried by Fire: The Story of Christianity's First Thousand Years
Tried by Fire: The Story of Christianity’s First Thousand Years

From Africa to the Middle East to Asia and around the globe, Christians today are more persecuted than ever before.

The Third Century writer Tertullian said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” That’s as true today as it was in early years of Christianity.

Open Doors USA says nearly 4,000 Christians are killed for their faith every year. Thousands more suffer violence in the form of beatings, abductions, rapes, and false arrests.

But whenever persecution increases, the Church grows – and even flourishes. Author William J. Bennett calls that one of the “awe-inspiring paradoxes of Christianity.”

He writes about the earliest years of Church persecution, perseverance, and expansion in a detailed historical narrative called Tried by Fire: The Story of Christianity’s First Thousand Years.

Full of larger-than-life characters, stunning acts of bravery, and heart-rending sacrifice, Tried by Fire narrates the rise and expansion of Christianity from an obscure regional sect to the established faith of the world’s greatest empire with influence extending from India to Ireland, Scandinavia to Ethiopia, and all points in between.

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