I thought that Christianity in the First 1000 years was almost completely full of new material for me. When I think of church history, I think of things like the Church in Acts, Monasticism, Desert Saints, Rome, the Catholic Church, and the Reformation. While none of these things are wrong, they are in no way the full picture. With that being said, almost the whole pamphlet surprised me. The idea that surprised me the most was the nature of the spread of the Church of the East without the “backing of an empire” During the earlier ages of the Church of the East, Christians were second-class citizens compared to their Muslim counterparts. In some ways, I think this created a more authentic growth of the church without diluting what it means to actually follow Jesus.