A new Review, a Writer’s Opinion, and a Link to controversial leader-

(Authors Note: Our book, both the paperback and the ebook, is available for purchase via www.truthbookpublishersstore.com  and  http://buy.christianbookstoday.org/ .  Thank you.)

First, a short and sweet book review from the director of a christian ministry regarding the urban homeless (2535mainstreet.org), Bob Sweeney-   “Its informative; its succinct.  I loved it”.

Next, we asked Miriam Westen, contributing writer and also editor of http://www.jesuscaritasest.org, to give us her thoughts on Thomas Aquinas-

What did you learn about Aquinas that you had no idea about prior to the project?
I learned how humble St. Thomas was despite his learning and fame. His adherence to the teachings of the Magisterium was also evident from his writings.
Does your impression of the person change at all, after your research and writing?
My impression changed to find a soul of deep, humble and persevering faith and love.
How did your own Faith walk change or become enhanced due to this writing project?
St. Thomas’ angelic qualities inspire my own faith life and call me to be more devoted to Jesus.
What is the most inspirational part of the Aquinas’ life, in your opinion?
The most inspirational part of this person’s life is his humility, kindness and love of God.
Do you think most Christians would benefit in a practical or spiritual way from knowing more about Aquinas?  Christians would benefit from learning more of St. Thomas Aquinas although many of his writings are complex, theologically speaking, he is a shining light of humility and devotion.************************

Lastly, please check out the following link to Taber’s Truths regarding a very influential man who lived pretty recently- and also who made our Book.  The article is written by co-author Ken Lambert-

Thank you, and Blessings.

The Countdown Begins- #’s 16 through 20

As we move closer to the book launch, we will be posting weekly updates and some of our exclusive rankings/findings of the Most Influential Christians, since the Apostles.  More info on these persons, and on our system/ methodology of the “rankings” themselves will be detailed in our book.

Without further adieu-

#20-  Charles Spurgeon.  Called by many “the prince of preachers”, the famous Baptist preacher of 1800’s England.

#19-  Pope Pius 9th.  Mid 1800’s Pope, who was the longest reigning Pope since the Apostle Peter.

#18-  Joseph Smith.  Founded the Mormons in the 1820’s; alleges to have had a new “revelation” from God.  *We understand Smith is not a Christian, but his name was allowed in our survey because he was a “self-professed” Christian.  It is clear that he has had a significant effect on the U.S. universal church- be it a detriment to Christianity.

#17-  Arius.  A major figure in the 4th Century, who divided many in the Church with his views that Jesus was less than the Father.  The Nicene Creed is a direct response to his incorrect views.

#16-  C.F.W. Walther.  Introduced and led the Lutheran movement in the U.S. in the mid- 1800’s.  President of its seminary for 37 years.

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These are our findings, and they are not the direct opinions of book authors Abby Matzke or Ken Lambert.  We are reporting the findings, after our analysis.  We hope that a discussion of these important persons will lead many to explore various aspects and details of the Christian faith.

Let the “debate” begin!

God Bless,

Ken L.

Part of our “Top 20 Christians” List- released (see below)

The following 5 persons have been chosen and ranked as #’s 16 through 20 in the Top 20 List:
(following is an alphabetical list, not the actual ranking order)
Arius
Charles Spurgeon
Joseph Smith
Pope Pius 9th
C.F.W. Walther

*Please note that the criteria for names to be considered was for “self-professed Christians”, hence the inclusion of Joseph Smith in the Top 20 List.

Our rankings are based primarily on a survey which was answered by numerous pastors, writers, and theologians from various denominations and faith walks within the U.S.A.- within both Protestant and Catholic/ Orthodox circles. They were asked for names of those who MOST influenced/shaped today’s Christian America. We also cross-referenced our survey results with some existing published historical listings of significant Christians. The names are not necessarily the “best” or favorite, or “most holy” persons- they merely had the greatest impact on today’s American church.
What do you think of these names being included, and how would you rank them, from 16 to 20 ?
God Bless,

Ken