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Children's LiteratureIn simple, flowing language, the text relates Luther's life as a young man, leader of the Reformation, and death. We learn of his decision to enter a monastery, nailing his "95 theses" to the church door at Wittenberg, debate before the emperor, being kidnapped, later family life, and teaching. The text states categorically, "...Martin Luther was one of the greatest men who ever lived." Striking oil paintings catch the mood and illustrate the highlights of Luther's life. We can follow his changes of hairstyle from youth, tonsured monk, to the gray of aging. The expressive faces, settings, and use of light and shadow give the impression of paintings in a museum. Decorated borders enhance tan pages of text. An end paper has a German map with numbers for related important places without identifying them. The writing carries out the theology of the conservative branch of Lutheranism. 2004, Concordia Publishing House, Ages 6 to 10.