A World Ablaze by Craig Harline

A World Ablaze

October 2017 marks five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg and launched the Protestant Reformation. At least, that's what the legend says. But with a figure like Martin Luther, who looms so large in the historical imagination, it's hard to separate the legend from the life, or even sometimes to separate assorted legends from each other. Over the centuries, Luther the man has given way to Luther...

Details A World Ablaze

TitleA World Ablaze
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherOxford University Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Religion

Reviews A World Ablaze

  • Glen
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.Since October, 2017, marks the 500 anniversary of Luther nailing his theses on the church door, there are several books published on the man and his influence. This has to be considered one of the best.The book really gives you a sense of the man, and what he was trying to accomplish, while at the same time, giving a sense of the historical influences.A great book for anybody interested in the Protestant ref...
  • BHodges
    Craig Harline is more than a great historian. He's a fantastic storyteller. His new book about Martin Luther is a real page-turner. I didn't expect to be using adjectives like gripping, heart-pounding, and funny, but here I am. It's a perfect introduction to "Brother Martin" for beginners, but I imagine even longtime specialists on the Reformation will genuinely enjoy and benefit from this freshly-told narrative. That's hard to do, and Harline se...
  • Chad
    I absolutely loved Craig Harline's memoir of his mission in Belgium in Way Below the Angels, and I hoped he had written more. It is funny, moving, and honest about the spiritual growth and trials built into serving a mission. It turns out that he is a history professor at BYU now, and he just came out with a new biography of Martin Luther. I liked his remarks on what Mormons could take from Luther's story (you know, the traditional narrative that...
  • Heather
    I learned quite a bit about Martin Luther and the time and conversations and situations that led to the start of the Reformation. It's interesting to see what internal conversations and thoughts led Brother Martin to his further study and ultimate beliefs. There was a lot of bravery and confidence needed to stand up for his interpretations and writings. Ultimately, this is a book about searching for truth, I think. Here are a few quotes I liked:"...
  • Leah
    Wittenberg, Worms, Wartburg – and Martin LutherCraig Harline teaches history at Brigham Young University; If I had the opportunity, I'd register for every single one of his classes! If he speaks the way he writes...There has been a deluge of Luther/Reformation-related books over the past year; even if you belong to the Flat Earth Society, you likely realize church and world very recently celebrated the 500 year anniversary of the event that ki...
  • Rick Mitchell
    This is an incredibly detailed and sometimes too detailed account of the rise of Martin Luther. There were times I thought that I did not need to know who was there, the roads taken or the clothing worn. However, that aside, this is a very readable history of one of the great peaceful revolutions of western history. I was not aware that Luther wrote so much. So much, in fact, that a historian like Mr. Harline could write in such detail about the ...
  • Debbie
    "A World Ablaze" focused on Martin Luther's life between Oct. 31, 1517 (when his 95 theses were posted on the church door in Wittenberg) to the Diet of Worms, his "exile" at Wartburg, and his return to Wittenberg in the spring of 1522. There was also a chapter summarizing Luther's life before this time and a chapter summarizing what happened afterward (until his death).The author summarized the gist of what Luther wrote and believed during this p...
  • Meepspeeps
    This book took me back in time to gross food habits, almost no hygiene nor health care, difficult travel, and other discomforts of life. It was hard to read many descriptions no matter how realistic. The difficulties contrast with the prolific speaking and writing of Martin Luther during the years 1517-1522 when his reformation became popular. I recommend it to teens and above who want to know more about life at that time and how intertwined the ...
  • Steve Bender
    I got this book through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. It was an (trhe year he put up his excellent history of Martin Luther from . I felt that I had a much better understanding of the world of Germany and the politics involved in Luther surviving from the time he published his 95 Theses through his trials with the Pope and Holy Roman Empire. Very e and fascinating. Highly recommended.
  • David Barney
    I remember as a young man learning about Martin Luther and passing over it. There is so much with the life of Martin Luther. The author did a wonderful job portraying Luther in all his dealings with his break from the Catholic Church. Many stories from the book gave better insight to the life and time of Martin Luther.
    Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read, well written and you get a feel of Luther and those around him as real characters rather than just as people from history. I found the discussion between Luther and the Pope’s representatives vivid and concise. There are also some wonderful illustrations throughout the book.
  • Becca
    A fabulously accessible book on Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Reformation. I appreciated not only the very readable style of the book, but the context provided and inclusions of sources for further study. I would highly recommend.
  • Caroline Grove
    Interesting introduction to Luther for those who know little or nothing about him. Gives a good idea of how his ideas fitted with what else was happening at the time. The slightly chatty style of writing did make me feel that the author really wants to be writing fiction.
  • Steve
    A witty, learned, informative book, focused on the four or so years between Luther's posting of the 95 theses to his return from exile in early 1522. Well written and it moves right along.
  • Charlotte
    Well written in an interesting narrative for the average layperson. I learned a lot, and I'm glad I read it.
  • Stacy
    This was a good read. I came into the book not knowing much about Luther and I left knowing a lot. The reading was a bit dry at times, but not so rough that I couldn’t muddle through.
  • Kevin
    Not knowing much about the Reformation beyond vaguely remembered lessons from high school history class, the recently passed 500th anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther's theses seemed like as good a time as any to learn more, and so I was happy to receive this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Written in narrative style, this book focuses on a period from the events leading up to the publication of Luther's 95 theses in 1517 to his retur...
  • Samantha
    I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. Very informative. Sometimes the amount of detail provided could be overwhelming. Well written.