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Luther by Frederick Nohl
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Sep 24, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: biography, history, schoolbook
Read in October, 2006

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 or if the book was meant to push the film. Anyway, I suppose it doesn't matter. This book is better than the movie, but not as good as Here I Stand which is a Luther biography for an older audience. This covers all the high points of Luther's life, but the writing seemed a bit flat. Many of the other biographies that we've had to read for school are much more enjoyable to read. I guess Sonlight curriculum just raises one's standards. Still, even if Luther is mere waiting room material, it does do its job and tell the story of this influential man.
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message 1: by Sandi (new)

Sandi I think "Here I Stand" is still the quintessential Luther biography. I think that it helps that it wasn't written by a Lutheran, so it's very unbiased. I keep passing "Luther: Biography of a Reformer" because of the movie tie-in. The movie bored the heck out of me and would have left me very confused if I hadn't already been familiar with the Lutheran reformation. Joseph Fiennes was unbearable low-key as the fiery, passionate Martin Luther.

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