Now that you’ve decided to take a Christian tour to Europe, you might be wondering how you can best prepare for the trip. As we’ve been reading, researching, and watching videos about Europe for years, we thought we would share some of our favorites. Please do let us know your favorites too in the comments section.
The Christian Travelers Guides
We picked up our first copy of Irving Hexham’s book on Germany many years ago and it’s still one of favorites. The focus of the series, which includes guides on Great Britain, Italy, and France, is to highlight Christianity’s enormous influence on Europe – and, through its history and culture, Europe’s influence on Christianity. The books have introductory sections about literature, music art, architecture etc., then the sites are arranged by city. You’ll find out all kinds of interesting information about people and places in Europe. The authors of each book are historians who thoroughly research their facts and present them in a very readable manner. The books are small enough to carry with you on a tour.
DayOne Travel Guides
We are always on the look-out for books that not only tell you what sites to see, but also why, and how to get there. These slim publications give you everything you need to delve deeper and prepare for a trip, including over 150 color photographs, drawings, and maps. as well as travel tips. New books are published on a regular basis.
Guides based on Cities: Oxford, Cambridge, Rome,
Guides based on Countries: Jordan, Wales, Egypt, Israel
Guides based on Attractions: British Museum, Houses of Parliament
Guides based on People: Calvin, C.S. Lewis, Knox, Tyndale, Carey, Spurgeon, Bunyan, Pilgrim Fathers etc.
If you are looking for Christian videos, then Vision Video is the place to go! The ministry was founded by the late Ken Curtis in 1969 (that’s Frank with Ken a few years ago, in their facility in Pennsylvania.) Their first film was The Cross and the Switchblade, which has since been translated into more than 30 languages! Read about their ministry, and how it’s grown to produce and distribute visual media that communicates the Gospel in a winsome and convincing way, that connects with contemporary audiences. The latest catalogue is online and they are also on Facebook.
History Lives Series
Stories have always been a good way to understand history, and this series is one that we bought when we were homeschooling our children. They were written primarily for 9-14 year olds, by Mindy and Brandon Withrow, but they are suitable for adults as well. There are 6 volumes to the History Lives series and the website gives more detail about each book.Volume 3: Chronicles of the Reformation Church covers the 1517 – 1700 AD time period.
Christian History Magazine
We’re excited to tell you that this magazine is offered FREE for the first year of subscription, although I’m sure as soon as you read it, you’ll be happy to contribute. The magazine is produced by the Christian History Institute, also founded by Ken Curtis (Vision Video). The magazine is produced on a quarterly basis, and you can request a print copy, or read the pdf version online . We were honored to be able to be included in the Luther and the Calvin publications. Other resources include the 100 Most Important Dates in Church History timeline chart, available for only $2.