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Foxe's Book of Martyrs

posted Mar 21, 2011, 9:55 AM by Charlie Olson   [ updated Mar 21, 2011, 10:37 AM ]
This classic book tells the tragic but triumphant stories of men and women who faced brutal torture and death rather than deny their faith in Jesus Christ.  It has been said that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church," and this book tells why the church has grown and triumphed for nearly 2000 years.  John Foxe was born in 1516, and was a close friend of Hugh Latimer and William Tyndale.  During the reign of Queen Mary, Protestants in England were the subject of persecution, and Foxe, along with many others, left England for Europe.  In Frankfurt he met the Scottish reformer, John Knox, and published his first draft of the persecution of religious reformers.  Throughout his life, Foxe worked for the freedom of religious expression in England, and each subsequent revision of his book was widely distributed to the churches in England.  Foxe's Book of Martyrs, though written in old-fashioned style, brings to life the heroes of the faith that Christians today should know about.  It will challenge you to re-examine your own commitment to Christ, and give you a fresh appreciation for those who paved the way for us today. 
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