Share the Joys of Being Christian
For the 2.1 billion people all over the world who follow the word of Jesus Christ, Christianity is an all-encompassing belief system that influences their morals, ethics, and values—and guides nearly every thought and deed. In the last 2,000 years, Christians have helped shape the world we live in, inspiring music and the arts, architecture, holidays and traditions, even playing a foundational role in the history of the United States of America.
In this uplifting, comprehensive book, author Allan Swenson celebrates every aspect of Christianity—from its proud roots with the birth of Jesus Christ to its influence on modern-day life. A guided journey through the past to the present, Praising the Gifts of God is filled with interesting facts about the history and meaning of a variety of important Christian traditions, including prayers, holidays, Baptism, the Eucharist, weddings, and the Stations of the Cross. It explores how despite the separation between church and state, Christianity is deeply ingrained in our own government, from the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address to the Pledge of Allegiance and our National Anthem. And it pays homage to key Christians, whose good works have profoundly changed the world, including John Calvin, John and Charles Wesley, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Norman Vincent Peale.
Praising the Gifts of God does more than pay tribute to the Christian faith, however. It’s also an inspirational resource to cherish and reflect upon for strength and hope—earning a well-deserved place on any reader’s bookshelf.
Allan A. Swenson is the author of many books, including the bestselling Plants of the Bible and Flowers of the Bible. He has made numerous appearances on the Christian Broadcasting Network, and lives in Kennebunk, Maine.
Christian Facts: Did you know…?
An April 22, 1864, act of Congress officially made our national motto on coins In God We Trust.
Colored eggs, one of the most popular symbols of Easter, symbolize the sunlight of spring—but have little connection to Christianity.
The name Protestantism applied to the Reformation after the second Diet of Speyer in 1529, at which a protest was signed by six Lutheran princes and the leaders of fourteen free cities of Germany.
Iraq (called Mesopotamia in ancient times) is the traditional birthplace of Adam and Eve, and the home of the Garden of Eden and the Tower of Babel.
James Madison, the nation’s fourth president, said, “We have staked the whole of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government . . . to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”