Roland Bainton is an excellent historian who has a deep understanding of Church history. In this short book he presents the highlights so that any reader can get a nice overview of the Church. It is quite a task to explain 2000 years of history in a little over 200 pages, but Bainton is one of the few who can pull off this task with great success.
For those who find history boring, this book will be a nice surprise. It is well packaged. I particularly like this book because it blends the simple facts with personal accounts, poems, songs, and even some art. I highly recommend it for anyone hoping to get a solid primer about the Church's history. For those who want more depth (to include source material references, etc.) this is not the right book, although it would still be an enjoyable read.