There are few books that appeal equally to the imagination and the professional interest of the scholar. [This] is one such book. Scholars can benefit professionally from using such a devotional: it is profitable to see those historical figures that are the objects of our study as being erring, yet worshipping, humans like ourselves (John Reeve, Seminary Studies, Andrews University, Autumn 2008)
Read these devotions to prepare for Sunday services, to prepare to write your sermon, to learn from saints who have gone before. Mine them for sermon illustrations, encouragement for your own faith, and to sample the ACCS.
(PJC, Liturgy, Hymnody, & Pulpit Quarterly Book Review, Vol. 2, issue 4)
"My own rediscovery of liturgy, and my more recent appetite for the church fathers, find perfect combination in this new IVP book. At the end of the book is a helpful biographical section. I have found this devotional useful, and I turn to it now and then for more variety in my liturgical diet. Plus, because its liturgical programme is not too demanding it is nonthreatening and adaptable." (Chris Tilling, Chrisendom, March 12, 2008)
"For those who may be intimidated at the thought of digging into the writings of the church fathers, Ancient Christian Devotional
may be the perfect starting block. Not to mention it is a beautifully designed book!" (Natalie Klein, Young Ladies Christian Fellowship Blog, January 29, 2008)
"This volume is a gem . . . this might well prove to be the most compelling way to persuade Christians of the value of early church theology." (New Horizons, December 2007)
"A great resource for clergy of all denominations in preparing Sunday homilies or sermons. . . . Readers can use this to prepare for their Sunday worship or for daily prayer." (Br. Benet Exton, OSB, www.curledup.com)
About the Author
Cindy Crosby is a speaker and author of five books, including By Willoway Brook: Exploring the Landscape of Prayer.
She is a contributor to the book, Creation Care
, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Books & Culture, Mars Hill Review
and Publishers Weekly.
Thomas C. Oden (PhD, Yale University), is the general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and the Ancient Christian Doctrine series as well as the author of Classic Christianity
, a revision of his three-volume systematic theology. He is the director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and he formerly served as the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Oden is active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church and is president of The Institute for Classical Christian Studies. He suggests that Christians need to rely upon the wisdom of the historical Church, particularly the early Church, rather than on modern scholarship and theology and says his mission is "to begin to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity."