The Unreformed Martin Luther: A Serious (and Not So Serious) Look at the Man Behind the Myths
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A lively, thoroughly researched portrait of the great Reformer. Did Luther really nail his 95 theses to the church door? Did he throw an inkpot at the devil? Did his wife escape her convent in a herring barrel? With equal parts humor and respect, German radio and television journalist Malessa sorts facts from fiction. 176 pages, softcover from Kregel.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 082544456X
ISBN-13: 9780825444562

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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    What Luther really said and did
    August 27, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Great people of history often have myths added to their lives. Such was the case with Luther. Malessa looks at many familiar stories about Luther and tests their truth.

    I appreciate the work Malessa has done. Luther was very prolific and his complete works totaled some 80,000 pages. With that much material, one could claim almost anything about Luther. Malessa has attempted to separate myth from fact, even though he admits he has not been able to do so completely. (9)

    While this book is not a biography, it is very informative. Malessa really helped me understand the medieval situation and the beliefs of the time. That was good for putting Luther's sayings into the context of that era.

    The section I appreciated the most was the one on indulgences. Malessa identified Luther's real concern on the issue and I realized I had had a wrong understanding of the situation. I also found out that Origen of Alexandria (third century) developed the idea of purgatory in the afterlife. I also found out how Protestants came about not from Luther. And he probably didn't throw the inkwell at the devil. That's just a bit of what I learned from this book.

    I recommend this book to those who want a better understanding of Luther and what he contributed (and did not contribute) to the Reformation. I really like Malessa's writing style. It is very personable and not at all scholastic. He's got a good sense of humor too.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  2. The Geeky Calvinist
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Interesting Look at Martin Luther
    August 23, 2017
    The Geeky Calvinist
    Quality: 5
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    The TV show Mythbusters was a phenomenal hit for its entire run the simple fact that it lived up to its name, debunking myths or proving them true is something that our culture desires. It is therefore our desire to seek truth in a world of fake news.

    The Unreformed Martin Luther: A Serious (and Not So Serious) Look at the Man Behind the Myths by Andres Malessa takes this cultural desire to bust myths and focuses it on the most well-known Protestant reformer. Malessa aims to prove or debunk 25 of the most interesting, perplexing, and provocative myths that circulate around this polarizing man. Well some of these myths are easy to prove or disprove others explain parts of medieval culture which would be completely foreign to most people. While there is a definite black of footnoting in this work due to its popular nature, the sources which are quoted are either from Luther himself or well-known Luther Scholars.

    This book is by no means an academic treatment on Luther rather a fun and easy read exploring medieval culture and legends surrounding a man who is larger than life. Well I do not agree with the tone that is taken in a few sections of a book I did thoroughly enjoy it. If you were looking for either a biography or celery treatment of Luther himself or his theological leanings I would search elsewhere but if you are looking for a book that will make you laugh, cry, and question your knowledge of medieval culture this book is for you. Furthermore this book comes an opportune time to celebrate this is historic Reformation. For this year is the 500th anniversary of Luther creating and dispersing the ninety-five theses of which created the spark which lit the flame of the Reformation.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from Kregel Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    The Unreformed Martin Luther: A Serious (and Not So Serious) Look at the Man Behind the Myths

    2017 by Andres Malessa

    Publisher: Kregel Press

    Page Count: 176 Pages

    ISBN: 9780825444562
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