February 2, 2013

The Secret Gospel of Ireland by James Behan and Leo Behan

The Secret Gospel of Ireland by James Behan and Leo Behan is a look at how Christianity was spread to Ireland, and what it meant for the rest of the world after it happened. History lovers and those of Irish decent will definitely want to read this book to learn more about it!

Book Description
As the light of their empire faded into history, the ancient Romans made one last-ditch effort to plant the seed of their civilization in a foreign land—they launched a mission to bring Christianity to Ireland. And there, on a little Emerald Isle that had never been conquered and occupied by Rome, something extraordinary happened. In the process of converting from paganism to Christianity, the ancient Irish developed a remarkable approach to the Christian faith that would one day make science, democracy, and our modern world possible. 

In this joyous and illuminating journey through more than ten centuries of history, James and Leo Behan follow the astonishing story of how the holy men of Ireland shepherded the West from antiquity to the modern era. With their powerful brand of “Irish Christianity,” the monks of Ireland transformed Europe and produced the key that would ultimately unlock the awesome potential of the Christian faith. 

Sure to intrigue, entertain, transform, and capture the imagination, The Secret Gospel of Ireland lifts the veil that has for so long separated science and democracy from their Christian roots in ancient Ireland. More than a book, it is a revelation in which history, philosophy, and theology come together to show how our civilization floats in a sea of faith that was born on the Emerald Isle centuries ago.” – The Secret Gospel of Ireland

My Thoughts
The Secret Gospel of Ireland is an extremely well written book about Christianity in Ireland. It is thoroughly researched, but is still a book that is easily read by anyone interested in the subject. It isn’t just for scholarly types or those only interested in theology.

As someone who loves history, and is of some Irish heritage, I love all things Celtic and Irish. I’ve read and watched many things about Ireland, but this book enhanced my prior knowledge about it, and went well beyond it. If you are of Irish decent as well, I think this book would definitely help you to better understand where your ancestors came from.

The authors of this book does an excellent job of educating and enlightening both the average person interested in history, and the history buff that watches the History channel religiously. If you fall into this category, this is a book that I think you will find very entertaining. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Secret Gospel of Ireland, Skywest Publishing, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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