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The Real Martin Luther by Josh Hamon
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it was amazing

The Real Martin Luther is a refreshing book on the subject of Martin Luther and Josh Hamon did something special here. Josh Hamon successfully tackles the major points of Martin Luther's life that one would need to appreciate Luther while also keeping in mind the fact that Luther was human.

In various histories on Luther you will find an imbalance, either the reformation hero in shining armor or the disgruntled monk who tore apart of Christianity, but in Josh Hamon's work (according to my eyes) you find an objective treatment of the events that occurred. While some may, typically, go up in arms over certain aspects of Luther's personality and life, Hamon does a good job at relinquishing the emotional tension that could occur through witty commentary and the highly entertaining illustrations of Brynn James.

As an individual who reads a lot of history books, I found myself needing to adjust to the format, but quickly appreciated the footnotes that were unlike others, and those footnotes of commentary actually left me wanting to stop and read through them. Additionally, many books have the put-down factor, where I actually found that I didn't need to put down this book, nor did I want to. The material is presented in a way that you don't have to rest from information overload, or from drudging through the trenches of dry information. Instead, the way Josh Hamon wrote this book is in a way where you desire to finish it and you are left wanting the next volume when you have completed it.

The information in the book is good and Josh Hamon spent time explaining various things so that the reader wouldn't be left guessing. I found Hamon's section on Indulgences to be quite refreshing. Additionally, as one who knew a fair amount about Luther, I learned quite a bit that made me appreciate Luther in different respects. Some could argue that more details could be included into the book, but I have concluded that the book is successful in its goal to teach about Luther and nothing else is needed to accomplish that goal.

This book is highly recommended as it is fun, informative, and a great crash course on Luther. I am looking forward to the next volume. It would be amazing to see more history books written in this format as I think it is a great way to get the church more interested in church history, which has proven important time and time again.

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