Okay, let's be honest. A lot of church history books are easy enough to read, but they're boring. Or BORING, if you prefer. This one is not. It's a breezy yet reverent yet entertaining romp(?) through church history from Christ and the Apostles to the early 21st century. (If it went beyond that it would of course trespass into the realm of pure conjecture.) Lots of pictures and interesting details inset into the main text contribute to the entertaining part, and the cleverly written text is educational without overwhelming even the most clueless reader. (Well, maybe not the MOST clueless reader, but you get what I'm saying.) Author Timothy Jones pays special attention to contextualization, so the facts he's throwing at you make sense and aquire meaning instead of just laying around disconnected in your head the way most textbooks leave you. This is just an introduction so if you want the FULL and UNEXPURGATED story you'll need to look elsewhere, but this is a great place to get a feel for the overall narrative of Church history.