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The Church That Expands Outward

Luke H. Davis
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The Protestant Reformation had redrawn the map of the Christian world. Now the Church sought to take the hope of the Christian Gospel where it had not been before.


The nearly three centuries covered in this volume give us a picture of the incredible energy and great expansion of the Church throughout the world, and the people who led the way through a variety of abilities that God gave them. Harry Hosier, William Wilberforce, Emilie Mallet, and Sojourner Truth took bold stands against wrongdoing and injustice. Cyril Lucaris, John Owen, John Bunyan, and David Brainerd suffered well as they faithfully shared the goodness of Christ. Great preachers arose in the form of Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and Charles Spurgeon, all of whom communicated the Gospel with clarity and passion. And God stirred the hearts of missionaries like Robert Moffat, Hudson Taylor, and Dwight Moody to offer hope in Christ to those who were walking in spiritual darkness.


The result was a Church that, by the end of this era, had expanded to lands previously unreached, bringing glory to the Lord who continued to guide His Church.


The Risen Hope series is a narrative–driven history of the Church. Introducing key people and events from the last two thousand years, readers will be captivated by the fascinating stories and engaging writing style. Risen Hope replaces the out–of–print History Lives series.

Luke H. Davis

About Luke H. Davis

Luke Herron Davis teaches ethics and church history at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. He has authored books in the Cameron Ballack Mysteries and the Merivalkan Chronicles, as well as ‘Tough Issues, True Hope’. He has also penned lyrics to over seventy new hymns. An ordained priest in the Anglican Church in North America, Luke lives with his wife, Christi, and their family in St. Charles, Missouri.


  • Author: Luke H. Davis
  • Release Date: May 2023
  • Pages: 176
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527109933
  • Imprint: CF4Kids
  • Category: Young Adult > Young Adult Nonfiction > Young Adult General
  • Series: Risen Hope
  • Read Myself: 12+


Davis has produced a volume that provides a helpful survey of missions since the reformation. Creating narratives that make the lives of gospel proclaimers come to life, the author makes the lives of the well known as well as the not so well known accessible to the reader.

Thomas L. Foley, Founder, Christian Educators Outreach; Pastor, Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church, Faber, Virgina

In this volume, Luke Davis uses his biographical skills to take us on a journey through the 17th to the 19th centuries. Once again, as in his previous volumes, he brings his characters colourfully to life, and stimulates us to want to know more about their persons and their times, in those three epoch–making centuries of church history.

Nick Needham, Lecturer in Church History, Highland Theological College, Dingwall, Scotland
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