Maybe youve wondered just what the Church has to offer. Or maybe youve been tempted to give up on it as you realize its weaknesses. This book sweeps through the centuries offering a clear-eyed view of the Churchs development and contributions to world history. Gods faithfulness and mercy are evident, too, as he continually renews the Church and raises it again and again from the pit of trouble to new heights of faith, charity and peace. Now including a handy timeline highlighting major developments and figures from the time of Christ into the twenty-first century.