English History Comes Alive on Two New Tours with Bodie & Brock Thoene
We are so excited about two upcoming tours led by new ministry partners Bodie & Brock Thoene. Readers of historical fiction already know this married writing team; whose 65 best-selling novels have sold nearly 35 million copies. For years, the Thoenes have heard from fans who wish to know more about the history-shaping events behind their novels, so they’ve decided to move from stories on pages to real, live walking tours!
Your first opportunity to travel with Bodie & Brock is July 14–25, 2014, for their Zion Covenant Tour. In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power unleashed a chain of events that led to the Holocaust, the Second World War, and the eventual restoration of Israel—with France and England at the forefront of the early resistance. Join the Thoenes as they lead you through the battle sites, museums, and cathedrals that still echo with the drama of these turbulent times.
Tracing the steps of Elisa and John Murphy from their popular Zion Covenant series, you’ll visit the stately monuments of Paris, the war-torn shores of Omaha Beach in Normandy, and the English Channel port from which the Little Ships departed to evacuate soldiers in the Miracle of Dunkirk. You’ll make sense of the war’s events in the very places they occurred; stepping into the underground bunker where Winston Churchill led the Allied effort…and standing within St. Paul’s Cathedral, which stood triumphant above the smoke and fires of the London Blitz.
For those whose interest in history reaches even further back than the 20th century, Bodie & Brock Thoene are also leading a Christianity in England: 2000 Years of Spiritual Heritage Tour, October 9–20, 2014. The first missionaries reached the British Isles within decades of Christ’s resurrection, and for the English-speaking world, England has been the center of the Christian faith ever since.
On this tour, along with Bodie & Brock, you’ll explore cathedrals and historical sites marked by dramatic stories of courage, betrayal, and steadfast faith—including Westminster Abbey in London, where the Westminster Confession of Faith originated and much of the King James Bible was translated. You’ll visit Canterbury Cathedral, founded 1500 years ago by Augustine, and trace the movement of the faith across the landscape, from the early Celtic missionaries to the chaotic days leading to the Church of England’s split from Catholicism. Along the way, your own convictions will strengthen as you consider the faithful assurance of the British believers who passionately followed Christ in the face of adversity…and whose faith changed history.
Fans of Bodie & Brock know that Everything Means Something™. Discover this significance as you revisit history, reconnect with the past, and revitalize your faith with one of these two powerful tours through England’s history. These unforgettable events will not only deepen your understanding of history, but may just transform your life.