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Jared Wilson
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean. It's Martin Luther speaking gospel and talking smack around his friends and students. How could it be anything but awesome? ...more
Richard Minor
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Table Talk is not a book that is actually written by Luther. It is actually the "table talk" of Luther as recorded by students. At his home he would have discussions with students around the dinner table. This book is actually a compilation of things that Luther said in the table-talk discussions.

I enjoyed this book. It shines a light into Luther's thoughts as he is giving off the cuff comments to students. For the most part, the thoughts are very concise. So, it is oftentimes more like reading
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Katy
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warm, unguarded talk around the table with friends that gives a sense of the friendships and discussions that Martin and Katie were involved in.
Robert Rogers
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me great insight into the thinking of the greatest Protestant reformer, Martin Luther. It is a collection of the words of Luther, as recorded by his close associates. In it, you see his passion for the word of God and the gospel, his biting sarcasm toward the Catholic church, his prejudices against the Jews, his passion for prayer. Overall, a fascinating reflection of a flawed but faithful man of God.
Julia Nixon
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Dr. Mike Clinginpeel's fault that I read this book. He keeps referring to books in his sermons or at meetings that I think I must read. There are many significant and thoughtful statements in these notes from the discussions Luther had with his students and friends. I would like to have further discussions by having a group examine some of the statements. ...more
Joshua
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Funny, at times brilliant, opinionated, humble, sometimes sharp. This collection really lets you know the man Martin Luther. Also, I found the style relaxing enough that I could pick it up almost anytime and read it with ease - something I can't do with every book. Recommended for anyone wanting to learn more about the great reformer. ...more
Ryan
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gave a helpful snapshot of Martin Luther's beliefs and personality. ...more
Dane
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible-theology
This is an above-average collection, though not quite so thorough. Some selections are simply meh, while others are great.
Brian
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luther would have been fun to have a beer with. This invaluable book lets us see what that would have been like for real.
Bruce Gumbert
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you profess to be a Christian and have not read this book then you are missing out. This is a must read for anyone who professes to be Christian.
Hank Pharis
There are several different editions of this out there in different formats. As I understand it there are 6 volumes of Table Talk in the German edition. This one categorizes comments made by Luther under some 26 topics. This is helpful as an introduction to his casual conversations and ideas about different topics. However this is done much more exhastively in What Luther Says by Edward Plass or more moderately by Hugh Kerr in A Compend of Luther's Theology. But this version of Table Talk is a g ...more
Dawn
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a large variety of topics (many having to do with doctrine and biblical issues), Martin Luther’s thoughts and dinner conversations have been recorded by several unnamed colleagues and students. His speaking style is direct, contains some humor, and shows the passion he felt on issues separating him from Catholics, Muslims (referred to as “Turks”), and Jews. He also had opinions about some of his fellow Reformers. Reading this book reminds you that Martin Luther spent formative hours as a Cath ...more
Jeremy Counts
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read looking into the various teachings of Martin Luther to his students. On the one hand, I found myself laughing on multiple occasions due to his quick-witted humor and snarky remarks, and on the other deeply moved and encouraged by his vehement teaching of Sola Fide. Reading this really gives you a picture of what he was like.
Judy
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read looking into the various teachings of Martin Luther to his students. On the one hand, I found myself laughing on multiple occasions due to his quick-witted humor and snarky remarks, and on the other deeply moved and encouraged by his vehement teaching of Sola Fide. Reading this really gives you a picture of what he was like.
John
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Luther in his writing is wonderful enough, but this is a record of his private conversations on spiritual topics from around the dinner table (hence the title). The simplicity and candor with which Luther spoke should inspire us today to be speak of spiritual matters in our everyday lives.
Don
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Purchased April 2004? 2007? Started reading this January and finished August 1, 2019.
Interesting perspectives coming from 500 years ago and very different cultural and world context. 95 Theses included as appendix.
Nathan Ormond
Sort of like reading the rants of your old racist grandpa
Andrew Micah
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much in the way of bright and simple wisdom, with a few dark stains of credulity and rash prejudice. In this respect it is much like the man.
Gabriel Jones
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just some fun ramblings of one of the great reformers. It’s fascinating to consider that in a land suffering from the drought of God’s word at the hands of the Papists, young students wrote down these word’s of Luther at his dinner table because they saw the value God’s truth in them and wanted others to be blessed by them in the same way. I found it to be a great devotional, reading one or two “tabletalks” a day.
Eddy Ekofo
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book, a must read for every Christian. If you can simply read the 1st chapter please do so.

Favourite quote “Christ said to Peter, Simon etc., “Lovest thou me?” And repeated it three times altogether. Afterwards he said, “Feed my sheep,” as if he would say, “wilt thou be an upright Minister and a Shepherd? Then love must only do it; thy love to me must do the deed, otherwise it is impossible.”” Pg. 61
Dwight
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, library
2017 Good book but not well suited to audiobook format. 3 stars

2019 Made of up ~2 paragraph thoughts that are ordered by large themes, but jump around quite a bit. Would make a better daily devotional (though many of the segments aren't particularly devotional) than audiobook. 4 stars
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Martin Luther was a German monk, theologian, university professor and church reformer whose ideas inspired the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of Western civilization.

Luther's theology challenged the authority of the papacy by holding that the Bible is the only infallible source of religious authority and that all baptized Christians under Jesus are a spiritual priesthood. According
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