Recommended Books

From time to time I’ll be adding to a list of books I would recommend. For some of them there will be a link where you can order them from This list will continue to grow so keep checking back in!image1d93db013324b3b4f04b13ff26dfbd8d

  1. History of Christianity in Asia, Vol. 1 up to 1500  by Samuel Hugh Moffett.

image345a9a0f436dab3a1ace502a23c3bc82Vol. 1 is the most complete resource for the history of Christianity in Asia that I know of, particularly before 1500. Vol. 2 below covers the period of 1500-present also packed with tremendous information.

2.  History of Christianity in Asia, Vol. 2 1500 up to present  by Samuel Hugh Moffett t


3. The Lost History of Christianity  by Philip Jenkins


Though broader and more general than a focus on the history of Christianity in Asia, this is a fascinating look at the Church of the East as well as the disappearance of Christianity in North Africa and Japan.

4. The Hidden History of Christianity in Asia   by John C. England

51Es-omFQRL._AA160_This is an excellent one volume overview of the history of the Church of the East in Asia. Especially also notes the importance of missionary monasticism to the Church of the East in Asia. Has good material also on where resources are available for the study of Church of the East history.

5.  Christianity in India   by Robert Frykenberg

image31abb5338a3e9f0223f2763a527710caThe best one volume history of Christianity in India that I know of, by a respected long time professor of South Asian studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

6. Constants in Context  by Stephen B. Bevin and Roger P. Schroeder

image7b9073a120bdb3a16e9f2863f1cb5491A theological overview of mission history that also includes dimensions of missionary monasticism in different periods of Church history.

7. From Every Tribe and Nation  by Mark Noll

51r9ZJMFl4L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Featured in a blog post on this site called “Discovering a Global Story”, this is an excellent story of an esteemed Western Church history professor who discovers a global perspective!

8. From the Holy Mountain  by William Dalrymple

image6a7d16519afc73d6ac33a9e76d095142Also featured in a blog post, this is a wonderful book that opens the reader’s eyes to a world of the past while traveling through the landscapes of the present. Highly recommend all of Dalrymple’s writings, whether his earlier travel narratives or his more recent works of history.


9.The Church of the East: An Illustrated History of Assyrian Christianity  by Christopher Baumer

This is a marvelous work with plenty of content and beautiful photos by the author of key sites. Quite pricey, but worth it if you can afford it! IMG_2004

 10. By Foot to China   by John L. Young      A very readable shorter work on the Church of the East in China.


11. The Jesus Sutras   by Martin Palmer      Excellent read on the Church of the East in China and Palmer’s own journey to find the Da Qin Pagoda. Will provoke you to questions related to contextualization of the Gospel into other cultures, in this case Taoism and Buddhism. Worth reading and grappling with!


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