456pp, published by Gospel Folio Press, P.O. Box 2041, Grand Rapids MI 49501-2041, USA. Available in the U.K. from John Ritchie Ltd., 40 Beansburn, Kilmarnock, KA3 1RH. (ISBN 1-882701-53-4).
The title of this book is well chosen, and calculated to challenge today’s reader. Events that took place in the initial phase of the church’s history are presented in the record of Scripture, while the most recent events have been well documented. But what of the intervening years, and the chapter of events that bridges the considerable gap between early and latter days?
The survival of the authentic church is proof that God’s hand of preservation has rested upon this select, unique company over all the years of existence. Not all the attacks that have been mounted by Satan, many issuing from sources of organized religion, have prevailed to the extinction of the church. E. H. Broadbent reveals, through his painstaking research, how faithful companies of God’s people, with clear attachment to the teaching of Scripture, upheld in their testimony and practices that which God had instituted from the beginning. It makes for thrilling reading, and demonstrates the progress of a ‘pilgrim church’ over centuries of darkness, declension and persecution.
This handsome hard-back edition, of what has long been regarded as a classic account of church history, deserves a place on everyone’s bookshelf. Additional to the contents of earlier editions is a collection of maps, in colour, that give clear indication of the locations and movements of these various groups of Christians.