Well, I am holding and leafing through the first advance copy of The World of the Early Church and it looks and feels really good. It's hard to believe that all that typing a year or so ago has become this lovely artifact. That's credit to the team at Lion who've done a fabulous job putting it together. It'll be in the shops in March, so feel free to buy a copy for yourself and at least one for a friend!
It's up on the Amazon website (who have, at last, given me the correct middle initial!) to pre-order. But you really ought to support your local book shop, especially your local Christian retailer. It will be cheaper from Wesley Owen if you are a member of their scheme than it is from Amazon.
The book offers a social history of the world in which the church was born, looking at city life, where people lived, what they did for work, what they ate and how and where they found entertainment; and it looks at the social pecking order, family life, the economy and religion.
And it's got lots of lovely pictures in it so it won't look out of place on your coffee table!
I'm a passionate follower of Jesus. I'm a husband, a dad and grand father. I pastor a church in a London suburb and teach New Testament at Spurgeon's College. I'm the author of nine books, most recently Paul and Poverty (Grove books 2014), The World of the Early Church: A Social History (Lion Hudson 2011), Discovering Galatians (IVP 2007) and Building a Better Body (Authentic 2007) and five other books