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, Church, Church History, Christianity

Reviews A World Ablaze

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.