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Luther: Biography of a Reformer

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Read an exciting biography of Martin Luther. Concordia Publishing House has revised this popular book for a new generation of readers. Author Frederick Nohl tells how Martin Luther grew up to live the adventuresome, often dangerous life of a man of God. He became one of those great men whom to know is to gain something unusually worthwhile. Martin Luther still lives on tod ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Concordia Publishing House
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Petra X
Rewritten Sept. 28th, 2011

This book is a highly selective biography of Martin Luther by an author who wishes to glorify the originator of a progressive branch of Christianity, whilst carefully omitting all criticism of a man who was anti-semitic, despised gypsies and thought that peasants should remain in their feudal place serving the nobility whose positions had been ordained if not by God, then at least by his paymasters by whose patronage he prospered.

Many atrocities in the Peasants' War of
The other John
Don't be fooled by the cover. This is a biography of Martin Luther, first published in 1962. When the movie came out, CPH republished the book, illustrating it with a number of stills from the film--including the front cover picture where Dr. Luther looks like he's going to hit you with a big honkin' Bible. (Maybe they were thinking that it was a good way to illustrate what the Reformation did to European Christianity.) I wonder if it was an attempt to capitalize on the film to sell more books o ...more
Dad Bowers
Nohl gives an excellent overview of Luther's passion, humanity, and greatness as he struggled to reform the Catholic church in medieval Germany. The gospel that Luther sought to clarify for Europe of long ago is clearly stated for readers today. Written for a youth audience, it is good also for adults who are ignorant of the times and places and issues yet who are seeking a quick study of the Reformer.
Jim B
Excellent, readable, full of interesting anecdotes -- covered every area of Luther's life mentioned in the 2003 movie "Luther." The book fills in many areas previously not included in popular biographies of Luther.
Dawn Roberts
I was raised Lutheran, but this is the first biography of Luther I've ever read. It was published by Concordia, so it's doesn't give a very even-handed treatment of Luther's opponents. However, it does paint a fascinating portrait of a mercurial and charismatic preacher and ardent follower of Christ.
Joshua Duffy
This book must be about Luther's non-controversial brother, or complete fiction, but it's a severely inaccurate portrayal of the Luther of historical reality.
But, it can feed the hunger to know more of Luther and the Reformation.
This is a great basic book to learn about Martin Luther's life, beliefs, and how he became the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation of the church. It is very very easy to read and a good place to start.
The movie was better. This was all history, no fiction so sometimes dry. But, interesting to learn about Martin Luthur.
Thing Two
This is like reading a poorly written account from my elementary school textbook.
I am reading this with my son as part of his history course. We are both enjoying it.
Nancy Weyer
A monk, a priest, a reformer, eventually a husband and father with six kids.
Who knew!
Luther is a good book about Martin Luther. It's interesing and is kind of fun.
Very easy read of historical events surrounding Luther and the Reformation.
Andy Doyle
Good introductory biography of Martin Luther. Very easy to read.
A good, readable, introductory biography of Luther.
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