China’s Reforming Churches, published by Reformation Heritage Books, is a unique and beneficial survey of Christianity, particularly Reformed and Presbyterian Christianity, in China.
Divided into four parts, China’s Reforming Churches is a compilation of essays on the history of Presbyterianism in China, Presbyterianism in modern China, the challenges Presbyterianism faces in China, and the importance of nurturing a Presbyterian ministry in China. Written by a group of culturally and academically diverse contributors, China’s Reforming Churches is exhaustive, with extensive footnotes, yet not tiring.
As I read China’s Reforming Churches, I was surprised by the history of missionary efforts in China, and found my previously-held beliefs concerning the state of Christianity in China being challenged. One of the most refreshing and encouraging results of Reformed Christianity developing and flourishing in China is the emphasis on family, Christian education, and the value of women.
China’s Reforming Churches is a beautiful reminder that Grace Transforms, and that God’s power is not bound by culture. At once encouraging and humbling, China’s Reforming Churches gives us a more broad and global understanding of the Reformed church, and leaves us with gratitude for the tremendous freedom and resources we possess as American Presbyterians, but also with a great hope for the future of Chinese Presbyterianism.
Overall, I found China’s Reforming Churches to be an incredible resource for anyone who is interested in the global or Asian Presbyterian church, or who is interested in a broader view of the history of Christianity in China. Extremely informative, China’s Reforming Churches is an invaluable resource for Christians, giving insight into how to better aid and pray for our Chinese brethren. I would give the book an “A”.
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