When considering history, most textbooks ignore what is happening within the church even though the lives of individual believers are often important markers of what God is doing on the larger stage of human affairs. It is easy to forget that the ascended Lord of the universe uses His Body, the Church, as His hands and feet to accomplish His purposes on earth. In 5 Minutes in Church History, Stephen Nichols has some 400 podcasts with transcripts. This is a great source of stories to illuminate how God has been working in His world through Christ's Body.
"Resources about God's covenant people in space and time, including: eras and movements, general church history, and geographical perspectives"