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Out of the Storm: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther

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“Scores highly in thoroughness, clarity, and human sympathy. If you want a model of how to defy uncomprehending power . . . or a model of how to laugh at the Devil, Wilson has provided a reliable guide as to how Luther did it.”

---Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Martin Luther changed Europe and, through Europe, the world. It was he who originally exposed the myth of a unifed Latin Ch
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2007)
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Bob Bixby
Wilson is unapologetically sympathetic to Martin Luther. He writes this book as an apologetic with unbelievers in mind. I'm not as optimistic as he must have been that unbelievers would plow through this, but if they did they would read a book that dares them to discard the Christian (particularly Protestant) influence on the West. I was regretting only one thing when I finished this book: that I had borrowed it from the library instead of purchasing my own copy, something that I sensed would be ...more
Charles Puskas
I read this title in preparation for my trip "In the footsteps of Luther" visiting Eisleben, Eisenach, and Wittenberg, in addition to Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, and Prague. The author, Derek Wilson, underscored the situation that although Catholic piety was strong among the laity, the abuses of certain clergy were sources of severe concern, e.g., simony, buying indulgences, the abuses under the Borgia and Medici papacies, the so-called Donation of Emperor Constantine (a forgery). Although, some o ...more
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The time was right. Movable type meant books for the masses. The hucksters who marketed indulgences were becoming more and more crass. It's not surprising that the main voice of dissent came from Germany, away from Rome, where religious issues, taxes and autonomy for principalities could be rolled into one cocktail of dissatisfaction.

Wilson writes that in posting the 95 thesis, Luther was unaware of the Goliath he would be fighting. Once he took it on, his defense required him to realize, frame
Fun fact: The publisher of this book is St. Martin's Press. Isn't that appropriate?

Some of the things I learned from this fine biography of Martin Luther:
1. Luther probably did not say "Here I stand. I can do no other" at the Diet of Worms. That apparently was tacked on later.
2. From 1526 to 1540, one-third of all German-language books were written by Luther.
3. The question of infant baptism came up even in Luther's day. Luther did not break with infant baptism. This was not a matter of Scriptur
This is a good overview of Luther's life and work. Derek Wilson has done a good job of turning a massive amount of dazzlingly complex material into a readable biography. The theological, political, social, economic, cultural and personal implications of Luther's work are touched on. Frankly, I still don't understand what was so revolutionary about Luther's justifcation by faith alone, but Wilson was writing a biography, not a work on theology and there is far too much material to deal with to ex ...more
Wilson's take on Martin Luther is certainly interesting in places; however, it's hard to figure out what sort of book he really wants to write. In some places, he tends towards a futile Eriksonesque psychoanalysis of Luther. In others, he attempts overarching statements about the secularization of the Church to few accurate results. This can't be an academic work, since there aren't enough footnotes and references to justify many of his historical accounts, and it isn't really a theology text. U ...more
A thorough biography of Martin Luther and an in-depth description of his times. This book is not easy reading, even though it's well written. It's full of many of the often complex issues that shaped the Reformation. Often I found myself having to reread passages. Also, Mr. Wilson didn't seem to write his book from a particular perspective. He lets the events speak for themselves; so his book certainly doesn't offer a new take on Luther and his times, but for anyone interested in how and why the ...more
I am not a Lutheran, but have been interested in Martin Luther as a historical figure for many years. I have to say that Luther is one of the most amazing figures in history. I would highly recommend this book, not only for Wilson's excellent writing style, but because the subject is simply fascinating.
Debby Zigenis-Lowery
This book provided an interesting view of the life of Martin Luther, the birth of the reformation, the advent of Lutheranism, and the huge impact these events had on the development and thinking of the western world that stretches forward all the way to this very day.
John Morey
Very informative book on Martin Luther
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Derek Wilson has been a writer of historical fiction and non-fiction for 50 years. His much acclaimed prize-winning works have largely centred on 16th and 17th century Europe. He has used various pen names for his fiction, his current Thomas Treviot Tudor crime series being written under the name D.K. Wilson. The first 2 books in this series - The First Horseman and The Traitor's Mark are based on ...more
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