Information boxes, visual highlights, and excerpts from Luther's writings extend the story and provide helpful historical reference points and commentary.
Here is a Luther biography for a broad range of readers-accurate, concise, engaging-a biography that appeals as well as informs.
- Concise, biography of a key figure in world history
- Information boxes that highlight Luther's teachings and historical reference points
- Author is a nationally known Luther scholar and church historian
- Eight pages of photos from a new major motion picture biography of Luther
James A. Nestingen is professor of Church History at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He is a nationally recognized Luther scholar and a popular speaker and lecturer. Nestingen is the author of numerous books, including The Faith We Hold; Martin Luther: His Life and His Writings; Roots of Our Faith; and Manger in the Mountains.
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Table of Contents
From Mansfeld to Monastery: Early Life Prostrate before God; Many Reputations; Early Years; Education and Family Business; A Great Dread; Monkery; Dr. Luther; Wittenberg
Hunting and Hunted: Luther's Breakthrough Psalms, Epistles, and More Struggles; The God Who Raises the Dead; Renewal and Reform
Igniting a Revolution: The Ninety-five Theses "When a Coin in the Coffer Rings . . ."; Fire Control; Theological Rabies; Luther and Melanchthon at Wittenberg
Breaking Open the Word-and the Church Luther the Theologian; The Hammer Falls; The Diet of Worms; The Aftermath
The Center Does Not Hold In the Region of the Birds; The Radicals; The Humanists; The Peasants' War
Luther at Home: Refuge from Chaos Lord Katie
Renewal and Reform: 1527-1532More Trouble Within; Liturgical Renewal and Reform; The Catechisms; The Makings of an Interlude
Augsburg and Beyond Ecumenical Politics: The Emperor's Efforts; The Augsburg Confession; Augsburg's Aftermath; Going Home; The Justifying Word
Conflicts and Reconciliations Refining and Redefining the Reform; Reconciliations on the Upper Rhine; Toward a Council: Troubles on the Catholic Side; Politics: The Beginning of the End
The End and the Beginning Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired; Some Vicious Attacks; Luther and the Jews; Calamity in the League; Luther's Death; The End of the Reformation
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I used this book as the text for three adult classes I taught in my church and everyone loved it. Nestingen does an outstanding job of illustrating how the crises swirling around Luther demanded responses which developed Luther's theology. And, Nestingen does this in remarkably concise and entertaining ways. In 30 years of introducing people in my congregations to Martin Luther and the basics of this theology, this is the best resource I have found.
Written by a rather pedantic seminary professor, this books smacks of a sort of 'elitist' view of Lutheran history. The author engages in 'tech speak' about Luther and the Reformation and assumes a posture of judgement over against those with whom he differs. He tends to embrace a mainline liberal view of Luther. The content is poor, too technical for the average layman, and is disjointed, hard to follow and written in a dense style. BUT to make matters even worse, the book is poorly presented. It is printed in very small type, low resolution, and slapped into a strange paperback cover, with pictures from the movie slapped into the center. The text of the book runs into the center of the book, so you have to virtually break the book open to get to the words near the center. It's a mess!