Martin Luther: A Life

Martin Luther: A Life

by James A. Nestingen

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Designed to coincide with the release of a major motion picture on Martin Luther's life, this book offers a compact, up-to-date, and accessible biography of the great reformer. Nestingen combines his knowledge of Luther and Reformation history with his considerable storytelling skills to present this concise and compelling story of Martin Luther's life and times.

Information boxes, visual highlights, and excerpts from Luther's writings extend the story and provide helpful historical reference points and commentary.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  • Information boxes that highlight Luther's teachings and historical reference points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
About the Author:
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451410204
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 08/26/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

James A. Nestingen has taught Church History at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a nationally recognized Luther scholar as well as a popular speaker and lecturer. Nestingen is the author of numerous books, including Martin Luther: A Life (2003) and Sources and Contexts of The Book of Concord (coeditor, 2001).

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

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Martin Luther 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PastorScott More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!