How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill (1996)

This is the first book of a seven volume series called
The Hinges of History by Thomas Cahill
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/cahill/
The website has a pretty nice reader’s guide which could be used as a leaders guide for a group reading of these books. I read this one a while back so will just give it a quick treatment here and I’m currently reading Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (2002).  Look for a post about that one soon. By the way the other books available in this series, at this time, are…

The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (1999)

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (2004)

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe (2006)

So here’s my quick treatment of How the Irish Saved Civilization. Read it! Have you’ve ever wondered; How Rome fell? What that has to do with the Irish? How the Roman Catholic Church got to be the way it is? Who Saint Patrick was? Why we don’t read from scrolls anymore? Unless you already know all of these things, and even if you do, this is required reading for the Christian. I will warn you that it takes a while before it gets to Ireland but the background material is essential to understanding modern Christian history. With that said just one final comment. There’s no excuse for not owning this book as there are tons of copies available on the used book market so you can have one for next to nothing.

Heavenly Father,
You are our God and the creator of all. As you have said, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.”  Therefore, we ask for wisdom and discernment in our reading, that our focus be on your glory and that our reading be profitable according to your purpose. We give thanks for the freedom we enjoy, that you have granted us, making books such as these easy to obtain, unlike the times when books were burned out of ignorance. Just as you brought your people out of Egypt into the Promised Land; please bring us out of bondage to the things of this world and into your Kingdom, in Jesus name we pray.
Amen

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2 Responses to “How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill (1996)”

  1. Jim,

    I am getting swamped with books to read!! LOL It’s all good I have got a very very late start in life when it comes to reading so I guess I have a ton of catching up to do. My mothers side of the family are Irish “Murphy’s”
    so anything good from the Irish I will claim 🙂 Take care…Chris

  2. Chris,
    We are all at different points in the pilgrimage and have taken different paths to get where we are today, so don’t let it bother you. As long as we are moving forward it’s all good.
    -jim

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