Jeff Straub for a great review of Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past in Credo magazine. Click here and scroll to page 58 to read it.
I love the title of the review: "Think History is Boring? Think Again. John Fea Brings History to Life"
The book, therefore, serves as a kind of apologetic
for the study of history, particularly Christian
history. In a relatively short space, Fea makes
an impassioned appeal for the pursuit of history....
Pastors have demands on their time, and reading
can sometimes be slotted to a minor priority. With
a vast array of practical and systematic theological
books, not to mention an ever-growing abundance
of exegetical material, what does a busy pastor
read? This may leave little or no room for reading
topics like history, much less a book on the
historian’s method. Yet the pastor who will take
the time to peruse this book may come away with
a greater appreciation for the value of historical
reading. Fea includes a chapter that argues for the
value of Christian history as a part of one’s spiritual
formation. Good historical writing has the power
to transform a believer’s life. However, Christian
historians need certain virtues like prayer and
dependence upon God when studying the past so
that God may use the study to its fullest.