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The story of the Reformation is one that begins with the Catholic Church and its desperate need for reform is contains elements of courage and cowardice, betrayal and faith. It unfolded in the cathedrals and town squares across Europe—in Wittenberg, Worms, Rome, Geneva, and Zurich. The dramatic events that followed are traced from John Wycliffe in England, to the burning of John Hus at the stake at the Council of Constance, to the rampant sale of indulgences in the cities and towns of Germany, to Martin Luther nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in 1517, to John Calvin's reform of Geneva.

In captivating and informative prose, Erwin Lutzer captures the people, places, and big ideas that fueled the Reformation. In Rescuing the Gospel He explains the lasting influence this revolutionary movement has had on both the church and Western civilization. And, perhaps most importantly, he shows why the actions of passionate believers five hundred years ago still matter today.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801075416
ISBN-13: 9780801075414

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Erwin W. Lutzer (BTh, Winnipeg Bible College; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is pastor emeritus of Moody Church in Chicago. He has led tours to the sites of the Reformation in Europe including Wittenberg, Worms, Geneva, and Zurich. He is the ECPA Gold Medallion Award-winning author of Hitler's Cross as well as many other books, including The King Is Coming, and When a Nation Forgets God. He is the featured speaker on three radio programs, including Running to Win. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area.

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  1. Kathy
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent service
    December 14, 2017
    Kathy
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am so engaged in this clear, concise writing of E. Lutzer. The book is worth the cost; it came quickly and I recommended it in my Christmas letter to everyone. Thank you.
  2. Friday 6 30
    Bay Village, Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thank you Dr. Lutzer
    September 17, 2016
    Friday 6 30
    Bay Village, Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was an easy to read account of the Reformation, Luther and his contemporaries. It clearly traces the theological distinctions and resulting political fall out that transformed Europe and prepared the way for America and religious liberties as we know them.
  3. Becky
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Rescuing the Gospel is the perfect description of this book
    July 24, 2016
    Becky
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a really fun book to get to share with you guys about. I originally got this book for my brother, Kris, because hes studying to be a pastor and this one of his favorite authors. So, Im having him help me write this review. Hope you enjoy and thank you for reading.

    This book fully explains why it is important for the average person to understand church history and the reformation. Lutzer includes illustrations of historical figures such as John Wycliffe, Johann Hus, and Martin Luther who brought about different revolutions from the Catholic Church.

    I personally loved that this book encourages us to look back at the past of early church history to better understand how we can protect the future of the church.

    Lutzer is very understandable and relatable. Sometimes books like this can be really wordy and confusing and Lutzer does it perfectly. His writing style is superb.

    Lutzer also gives you the full in depth stories of what occurred instead of just paraphrasing or giving short summaries. Hes excellent at explaining and making his point come across.

    He also asks a lot of relevant and relatable questions that will challenge you and make you think and answers them.

    He sees the reader where they are instead of where they should be. He puts the reader in a very simplified way. He explains that if youre reading this book, its because you want to learn more about church and its changes and challenges through the years.

    I highly recommend it to any reader who loves reading about the Bible, churches, even history in general. Its perfect for anyone.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good introduction
    May 29, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As we approach the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation (October 31, 1517), Lutzer is concerned that the importance of that historical event is lost to many Christians. The fundamental beliefs of the Reformers are often ignored and the doctrines considered unimportant. We forget, Lutzer writes, that the better we understand yesterday, the better we will understand today. (xiv)

    Lutzer has written a good introduction to the Reformation and its importance to us today. He reviews Martin Luther's life and spiritual journey. He looks previous attempts at reformation (Wycliffe, Hus), the state of the church at the time, the conflict in doctrine, the heart issue of sola Scriptura, the debates, the violence, etc. He has included chapters on Zwingli, the Anabaptists, Calvin, and the teachings of the Roman Catholic church today.

    Included is a good discussion on free will and Luther's view of the bondage of the will. The unconverted do not have the freedom to choose to believe the gospel. They can believe only if God exercises special grace in that person's heart (God's sovereign grace). Lutzer points out that this was an important distinction because the Roman Catholic Church did hold that man was totally depraved - sick, yes, but not dead in sin. Luther held that man was spiritually dead and incapable of reaching out to God. Thus, salvation is wholly of God. (114)

    Even though this is introductory in nature, I did appreciate the teaching on some of the finer points of the Reformation. Luther and Zwingli/Calvin had differing views on infant baptism. Lutzer has also included a good review of the burning of Servetus, putting it in perspective. He also covers the five points of Calvinism.

    Lutzer wants readers to be familiar with the Reformation and its elements. He also wants readers to understand that we face a situation today similar to the time of the Reformation. Luther opposed people who said they heard from God but whose teachings did not go along with the Bible. Lutzer says we must still rescue the gospel today from fraudulent ministries, liberals, cults, etc. Sola Scripture (Scripture alone) is still the issue.

    I recommend this introduction to the Reformation to those who are not familiar with the historical event and its importance today. Christians who have diligently studied church history and theological issues may not find anything new here. Nonetheless, I found it a good review as we come upon the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. Gini
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Rescuing the Gospel
    May 24, 2016
    Gini
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is a brief history of the Reformation and primarily the history of the part Martin Luther played. I can hear those yawns now, but wait a minute. This book is one that you will not want to put down once you start it. Lutzer freely admits the book was not his idea, but one that he was encouraged to adopt. I now understand why this other individual chose to engage him for this project. Lutzers writing style is easy to read and his ability to condense the history of the Reformation period totally amazing. I had to endure European history in school and maybe you did, too. This is such a departure from what we remember of that course. OK, so I like his narrative. The book also has some illustrations from the period that give it more flavor. Overall, its a good read. Mostly.

    The other reformers you might have heard of---Wycliffe, Hus, Zwingli, Calvin, Knox, Manz, or Bolt get some mention too. Enough to get the idea. Probably more than that would have produced what some call a tome. So OK, Ill live with that concession to brevity. Then comes the last chapter which I wish had been left for another book at another time. Is the Reformation Over? Is the chapter title. Brothers and sisters, Luthers protest is over. Is yours? opens the chapter. (187).

    What was an otherwise good read then turns to encourage the reader to identify the threats of ecumenism, particularly ecumenism between the Protestantism and Catholicism. Yes, there are major issues that still divide the groups. And probably will for quite a while yet. We have to rescue it [the Gospel] from false religions that compete for the allegiance of men and women. (200).

    Can I recommend this book? A reserved yes for the majority of the work. Just be aware that the last chapter is coming.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

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