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Where God Meets Man: Luther's down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel

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PThis book about Luther's theology is written out of a two-fold conviction. First, that many of our problems have arisen because we have not really understood our own traditions, especially in the case of Luther; and second, that there is still a lot of help for us in someone like Luther if we take the trouble to probe beneath the surface. It is an attempt to interpret Lut ...more
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Published January 28th 1972 by Augsburg Fortress, Publishers (first published January 1st 1972)
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Brandon Stewart
Jun 30, 2009 Brandon Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Recommended to Brandon by: Mark Bogen
This book is awesome! It helps the reader to reject the theology of the ladder to heaven that has become so commonplace in the Church today, and invites the reader to come to a place where he or she sees the Christian faith as liberation from the law, as a pathway of death and resurrection, and deals with the implications of that thought to the Christian life. What a great book! I highly recommend it!
Jeremy Serrano
This is by far the best book I have read on Lutheran theology. Every chapter is densely packed with good stuff.

The book is short, but it says more than longer books with the same scope.

I will be adding this to my once a year reading list. I need this book to become part of me.

I do have one beef with the way the book is written; there are no scripture references on which to ground anything he talks about. I guess one could go to Luther who uses scripture in the source material, but this book sho
Michael Catalano
This book methodically dispels the idea that Christians must climb a ladder to Good through good works and behavior and, instead, espouses the idea that Good meets us where we are, understanding the human things we do. Forde grants great clarity to Luther's theology while providing commentary on current issues in the church. A must read for any interested in learning more about Christianity.
I can't really review this book but I can say that it helped me to better understand what I know. Some times in our actions it seems there is a very fine line between Luther's teachings of law and grace and how we approach those teachings in our life. It seems that we can move from grace to earning points easily.
Inger Hanson
Dec 09, 2013 Inger Hanson rated it it was amazing
A concise, accessible exploration of the core of (an) interpretation of Luther's theology. Provides a nice critique and contrast with the (perhaps louder) voices of decision theology. For me, it is a review and refresh of my Lutheran Confessions seminary class!
Dec 09, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cannot recommend this book enough. I bought a used copy on Amazon, passed it on to others, after I read it twice. Will get another copy and read it again and again. It is worth reading yearly. I never tire of hearing Where God Meets ME.
Oct 22, 2011 Linda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I borrowed the copy I read, but I'd like to get one of my own. This is a book I will want to refer to again and again.
Jul 29, 2011 Annabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot to chew on. Now that I'm finished, I kind of feel like I should turn around and start the book all over again!
Dale S Westervelt
Absolutely brilliant! A book that I shall quote and re-read for the balance of my days.
Christopher Porter
Compellingly wrong, and therefore dangerous.
Recommended by Bruce Zittlow for Rick.
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Gerhard O. Forde was an American Lutheran theologian who wrote extensively on the Protestant Reformation and Lutheran Theology and tradition. He was professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and even after Dr. Forde's retirement in 1998 he remained active as a teacher and lecturer for several years.
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