Basil of Caesarea: His Life And Impact Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  June 9, 2014
Basil of Caesarea: His Life and Impact Book Cover Basil of Caesarea: His Life and Impact
Early Church Fathers
Marvin Jones
Biography, Church History
Christian Focus Publications
April 27, 2014
Paperback, E-book

Basil of Caesarea (329-379 AD) was a Greek Bishop in what is now Turkey. A thoughtful theologian, he was instrumental in the formation of the Nicene Creed. He fought a growing heresy, Arianism, that had found converts, including those in high positions of state. In the face of such a threat he showed courage, wisdom and complete confidence in God that we would do well to emulate today.

The Early Church Fathers series relates the magnificent impact that these fathers of the early church made for our world today. They encountered challenges similar to ones that we face in our postmodern world, and they met them with extraordinary values that will encourage and inspire us today.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Basil of Caesarea: His Life and Impact by Marvin Jones (Christian Focus, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

Many of the resources on Basil the Great and the Cappodocian Fathers may not be easily accessible due to archaic language and outdated translations. Marvin Jones cuts through all these barriers by giving us an updated retelling of the story of the life and impact of this man of God, and reminds us once again that if we want to learn, one of the best ways is via history
Reviewer: Conrade Yap (
Rating: 5 Stars

I was stunned to come to know that we (yep, I am throwing you under the bus with me) knew so little about someone who played such a pivotal role at such a crucial point in church history.  But fret you not, this newest volume in the Early Church Fathers Series is set to rectify this massive injustice!  And it does a fine job.
Reviewer: Josh Skinner (
Rating: 4 Stars

“The author takes the reader back to the time and place of Basil and help them to understand his life and thought.”
Reviewer: David Shaw
Rating: 4 Stars

“I will be utilizing this book as a quick reference to aspects of early Trinitarian debates and theology.”
Reviewer: Andrew Keuer
Rating: 3 Stars

“Jones’ portrait of Basil of Caesarea offers a good model for the recovery of boldly Trinitarian preaching and worship.”
Reviewer: Sarah White
Rating: 3 Stars

I found the book helpful in knowing the struggles that are behind the creeds left to us by our forefathers in the faith.”Reviewer: William Perkins Rating: 3 Stars

“Jones has provided the evangelical world with an insightful and helpful work on an important theologian, Basil of Caesarea.” Reviewer: Gradon Schaub Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this volume as a valuable reference source.” Reviewer: Beverly Terry Rating: 5 Stars

Jones in this book provides evangelical readers an approachable text in order to learn from this wise sage of fourth-century church history.” Reviewer: Coleman Ford Rating: 4 Stars

“Jones has done a great service to the church in writing the wonderful book Basil of Caesarea.” Reviewer: Mark Nenadov Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about the Early Fathers.” Reviewer: Wendi Bevitt Rating: 5 Stars

“After reading this book I more knowledge on the subject of Basil and his contribution to theology and church life.Reviewer: Sarah Jones Rating: 4 Stars

“Jones’ book on Basil of Caesarea is approachable and informative.” Reviewer: Mathew Sims Rating: 4 Stars

“Jones has penned a readable biography of this early church father, Basil of Caesarea.” Reviewer: Mike Tiede Rating: 4 Stars

“This book goes a long way in clearing up the contribution that Basil made to the church and to the Christian faith today.” Reviewer: Spencer Cummins Rating: 4 Stars

“I both recommend the book and look forward to the rest of the series.” Reviewer: Paul Reynolds Rating: 3 Stars