Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom  -     By: Carl R. Trueman, Stephen J. Nichols, Justin Taylor
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Martin Luther's historical significance can hardly be overstated. Known as the father of the Protestant Reformation, few figures have had a greater impact on Western Christianity. In Luther on the Christian Life, historian Carl Trueman introduces readers to the lively Reformer, taking them on a tour of his historical context, theological system, and approach to the Christian life. Whether exploring Luther's theology of protest, ever-present sense of humor, or misunderstood view of sanctification, this book will help modern readers go deeper in their spiritual walk by learning from one of the great teachers of the faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 143352502X
ISBN-13: 9781433525025
Series: Theologians on the Christian Life

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Offering readers an accessible portrait of Martin Luther’s life and theology, this book explores the impact of his cross-centered theology on living the Christian life. Part of the Theologians on the Christian Life series.

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Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He was editor of Themelios for nine years, has authored or edited more than a dozen books, and has contributed to multiple publications including the Dictionary of Historical Theology and The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology.

Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He is an editor of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and also hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.

Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds—hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

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    In "Luther on the Christian Life," Carl Trueman surveys the life of Martin Luther and draws connections to how the contemporary church can benefit from the reformer's theology. Although the book is around 200 pages long, Trueman is still able to give readers a generous sampling of Luther's illustrious life. Trueman assumes the reader to have some theological background but diligently avoids trying to explain sophisticated terminology or theories. From Luther's birth to his death, Trueman points out vital turning points that impacted Luther's life and theology. At the core of the book, the author's aim is to illustrate how Luther's intense love of God's Word and sacraments are so vital to the 21st century church. Trueman argues that present-day Christians look to experience God through extraordinary events or experiences while Luther believes that the Christian life is rooted firmly in the ordinary means of grace. By highlighting the dynamic personality and raw emotions of Luther, Trueman points out that the famed theologian was not a stoic, unsympathetic scholar but a passionate servant of the Word ever concerned about the welfare of God's people.

    I would gladly recommend this book to those who are unfamiliar with the 16th century theological giant. For those who know Luther's life and theology well, this book may be on the lean side but Trueman's familiarity with the subject makes the reading applicable and enjoyable to a large audience. The author's witty and concise writing style keeps the book moving at a brisk pace but provides enough details to allow the reader to appreciate the subjects discussed. Each chapter ends with helpful concluding thoughts that Trueman uses to relate the material discussed for readers to ruminate on. After reading the book, I had to confess of the many excuses that I have conjured up to explain away my lack of passion in embracing God's Word and the sacraments. I would rather listen to the latest podcast discussing substitutionary atonement than open the Bible and read Isaiah 53 to focus on the work of Christ. May we all learn from Luther's humility and passion for God's Word along with his insistence that we are all beggars in need of God's grace to sustain us each and every day.

    In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a free review copy of this book from Crossway.
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