Does your knowledge of Martin Luthers writings start and end with the hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God? As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation he put into motion, we discover a Martin Luther who was one of historys most colorful and influential figures. His story is well known, but his powerful writing is often unfamiliar to us. This illustrated introductory guide to Luthers life, theology, and works introduces and summarizes his major writings, such as The Bondage of the Will and On the Councils and the Church, and includes, with annotations, the complete Ninety-Five Theses. Stephen Nichols also gives encouragement and guidance for studying Luthers ethical writings, table talk, hymns, and sermons. Includes a select guide for further reading.
Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He is also author of Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought and Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of his Life and Thought.
A marvelous mixture of biography, history, theology, and anecdote. If you dont feel the heartbeat of the Reformation in these pages, check your pulse!
How do you do a book on everything from training children to sing hymns to preaching to political conflictand have it running over with the glorious gospel? Nichols has done it. Be alert: people forget how life-changing the gospel really isand then are astonished to remember it again as they read Luther.
Nichols has a gift for making a complex subject simple without being simplistic
Rarely do we find the rich combination of theological precision and historical passion so accessibly written as we do here in Dr. Nichols entertaining treatment of Martin Luther. A marvelous introduction to both Luther himself and The Reformation. If you find yourself wondering why Luther remains relevant half a millennium later, start reading this book.
As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, may we not only appreciate the profound ways God used Martin Luther, but may we learn from him. Dr. Nichols gives us a front-row seat on Luthers life and, as we watch, may we have the same boldness and the same lifelong commitment to the gospel.
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