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Posted August 15, 2000
This devotional book with selected devotions by Martin Luther has much to be commended for. The translation is vibrant and the devotions are solid devotions, which Martin Luther was masterful at writing. No archaisms or long, Germanic-style sentences get in the way transferring meaning. However, a non-representative selection process devalued what could have been a most-superb book. Core to Luther's theological worldview was that of Word and Sacrament--his understanding of the Gospel. To make the devotional book appeal the general Protestantism, the editor obviously chose devotions that did not cover any of the Sacraments with any Lutheran depth: The Lord's Supper, Baptism, and Absolution. Such an editorial decision was untenable. Also, the English stylists favored 'God's approval' for 'justification,' which some view as theological jargon. However, 'approval' hardly covers the entire meaning of 'justification.' Perhaps, the stylists should have favored 'declare righteous' or 'acquit' instead. Devotions that deliberately avoid the Lutheran understanding of the means of grace and some poor renderings force this book to have a lower rating than it should have earned.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.