Martin Luther by Herman Selderhuis

Martin Luther

Martin Luther is well known for initiating one of the most influential movements in church history--the Reformation. But this fascinating nonconformist, praised as a hero or criticized as a heretic throughout history, was first and foremost a man searching for God. This new biography by leading Reformation scholar Herman Selderhuis digs deep into the heart and mind of Luther, following him on his spiritual journey and revealing the many facets of...

Details Martin Luther

TitleMartin Luther
Release DateOct 31st, 2017
PublisherCrossway Books
GenreBiography, Christian, Nonfiction, History

Reviews Martin Luther

  • Lola Et La Vie
    Despite the fact that religion itself has no real place in my own day to day life, theology has always been a subject that fascinates me. Why do people believe what they do? And how?In university I did a bit of work on the reformation in England and again, the subject matter just grabbed me. Religion has shaped countries, it still does.So I jumped at the opportunity to read this book on Martin Luther, a figurehead of the reformation across Europe...
  • Vaclav
    I really loved this biography of the reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546). You will learn things about Luther in this book that you have not known about "the good, the bad and the ugly". But if you know the Lord Christ as your Lord and Savior you will love the truth of "the gospel of God's grace" and the passionate heart of Luther with which he loved to proclaim it to all.
  • Becky
    First sentence from the introduction: Luther was a problem. Certainly for the pope and the emperor, but often he was also a problem for his fellow reformers. Prone to outbursts of rage and coarse language, Luther was frequently stubborn and undiplomatic, even with allies. First sentence from chapter one: God, the Devil, and death were everyday topics in the world into which Martin Luther was born. As a child, Luther learned that God was a Judge m...
  • David Steele
    Herman Selderhuis, professor of church history at the Theological University Apeldoorn needs little introduction. His book, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life was warmly received by many as he unpacked the Reformer’s life and legacy.Now the author makes his contribution to a growing list of books with Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography. As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Selderhuis’s work is a fitting tribute ...
  • Ian Clary
    An excellent book. Did a great job in humanising Luther and dispelling many myths. Heavy use of primary sources. Written in clear prose and very engaging. Definitely a worthwhile read for Refo500.
  • Debbie
    This book is a biography on Martin Luther. The author described Luther's life from birth to death while focusing on his developing theology. The author summarized and quoted Martin Luther's own letters and writings. He also noted what people who knew Luther at the time said about him and some of what was going on in the world that influenced what he wrote about (actions by the Pope, Emperor, Turks, etc.). I thought that the author did a good job ...
  • George P.
    “Luther was a problem,” writes Herman Selderhuis in Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography. “Certainly for the pope and the emperor, but often he was also a problem for his fellow reformers.”However, Luther was problematic to those people in different ways — good and bad — which complicates his legacy.On October 31, 2017, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On that date in 1517, Luther published his 95 The...
  • Andrea Stoeckel
    [I received this advanced copy from NetGalley. I am voluntarily reviewing it]“It should be said at the outset that this is a biography of Martin Luther and not a history of the Reformation, though of course we cannot understand Luther without at least a basic understanding of the historical context that formed him.”Herman Selderhuis’ new look at the life and times of Martin Luther coincides with the 500th anniversary of the publication of L...
  • James
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. Selderhuis offers here a very accessible biography of pastor, monk, and prophet Martin Luther. The author integrates Luther's theology throughout the book, explaining it in a way that is easy to understand for the layperson. He gives a fair assessment of Luther's irascible temperament which sometimes was his own worst enemy. He does not ignore Luther's failings, such as his involv...
  • Dave Wheeler
    This is a very well researched biography of Martin Luther the great Reformer. Whilst great care has been taken, Herman Slederhuis has kept to facts rather endorse popular assumption if it is not actually clear that it is fact he tells you. The integrity of this book is also seen in the fact that as you read it is not clear if the author loves, likes or is just intrigued by him but whichever it makes for a great biography. This biography is also w...
  • Laura M
    This book couldn't have come at a better time for me. I had been wanting for a time to learn more about the man behind the religion I practice. When I saw this book, I knew it was meant for me. Some autobiographies can be quite dry, but I found this to be just my speed. It was easy to read and filled with anecdotes I found relatable. The book leads the reader through Martin Luther's life from every life stage including childhood, monk, reformer a...
  • Christian
    Very approachable and easy read. Selderhuis is not afraid to tackle legends and set the history straight. I do wish he has spend a bit more time with Luther's impact on the Diet of Augsburg and the monumental societal impact of the same. Perhaps he completely skips any mention of the Edict of Augsburg because in his view Luther had little impact on the diet. The biography is well organized and very interesting.
  • Hank Pharis
    This is one of the best shorter biographies of Luther. Metaxas is probably more accessible to general readers but longer and less "scholarly." There are some details here I had either missed or not seen in the other 2-3 dozen books on Luther I have read the last year.(Note: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book. 3 = Very good; 4 = Outstanding {only about 5% of the books I read merit this}; 5 = All time favorites {one of these ma...
  • Jesse Benack
    Excellent biography of the great reformer. The writing was engaging and clear. The author relied heavily on primary sources. Highly recommended!
  • Pete Williamson
    Excellent bio in both content and style. If you're interested in learning more about Luther and his times, this is a great place to start.