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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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Petar 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
Aug 29, 2011 Dad Bowers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
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.
Kim Sullivan
Easy to read biography of Martin Luther, author the the reform movement to change the Catholic church. Easy to understand while still including many rich details of his life. Focused mostly on his actions, not his teachings. Great to understand the 'why' and 'how' it all came about. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the reformation movement and how it began.
Jim B
Mar 01, 2014 Jim B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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.
There's much truth in Petra X's review--this is whitewashed history. But it's well-written. And, it was made into an equally one-sided, but excellent, bio-pic (financed by the Lutheran church).
Jan 10, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum
A thorough, easy-to-read, but uninspired account of the life of Martin Luther for children.
A bit dry at times, but interesting nonetheless. It definitely went into far more detail than I was given during my Lutheran school education felt board presentations. I learned more about the background history, what was going on in the world at the time and what kind of man Luther was. I received it as a gift a while ago and its been sitting on my bookshelf. I'm glad I finally read it and got a mini refresher course in the reformer.
Dawn Roberts
Nov 08, 2012 Dawn Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2012 Joshua Duffy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 30, 2008 Laverne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 03, 2011 Skye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool
The movie was better. This was all history, no fiction so sometimes dry. But, interesting to learn about Martin Luthur.
Thing Two
Nov 02, 2014 Thing Two rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thing Two by: Dad
This is like reading a poorly written account from my elementary school textbook.
Jul 30, 2008 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 20, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luther is a good book about Martin Luther. It's interesing and is kind of fun.
Jun 03, 2011 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 16, 2009 Elaine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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