We did not spontaneously pop into existence at a random moment. We stand on the shoulders of those who went before us.
On purpose. By God.
Ephesians 1:4 explains that God chose us before the foundation of the world. He put us in a place and in time. We are now because God wanted us now.
And that means He knew we would be following in the long thread of faithful men and women who are part of the fabric leading to this moment. For this reason, it is healthy and wise for us to have an understanding of how the world, and the world of Christianity, arrived at this moment — the moment in which God has placed us.
The stories woven in this book can help us see what we might expect as we follow Christ in love and obedience and extend our portion of the thread toward the eventual return of the Messiah.