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Luther and his World [Kindle Edition]

Graham Tomlin
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'An accessible account of Luther, his life, thoughts, writings and all that surrounded him. Tomlin's writing is readable and informative... For most people, this packed-full, not so little, littlebook will be just enough for them to feel that they now "get" Martin Luther.' Church of England Newspaper

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One of the towering characters of the Reformation, Martin Luther’s actions, beliefs and writings have had an incalculable effect on the lives of millions of people. In this engaging book, Graham Tomlin paints a vivid picture of Luther’s life, from his early struggles with faith to his emergence as the leading figure in the Reformation. The man revealed here is obstinate, sensitive, blunt and determined – willing to risk all for his convictions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books; Reprint edition (24 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1EZ38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #437,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luther - a whistle stop guide 3 Nov 2012
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I bought this for my daughter, as she was about to start her A'Level history. It is a good little book - the presentation is excellent, with regular inserts giving explanations for the historical novice. Every time I was just about to reach for the dictionary, I found the terms explained in the next insert. I would recommend this as a good basic introduction to who Luther was and where he sits in his time. It is only 160 pages long, so moves along at a brisk pace and does not overwhelm with detail. My daughter was surprised by how easy to read it was and it has inspired her to do more background reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 3 April 2013
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I was looking for a short overview of Luthers life and thought that was not overly academic which Tomlin's book provided. A good book for the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This was really an easy to read book and a great introduction to Martin Luther and his life and times, with some interesting bits and pieces sprinkled thoughout to keep your interest

Read in one sitting

Andy H
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction, Well Truncated 16 Oct 2006
By adam mcinturf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a great way to get yourself aquainted with the scenario in which Luther came to be such an important person. Two things about this book make it well worth $8:

(1) The Pictures! Check out Roland Bainton's cheezy illustrations in Here I Stand, and these will just glimmer in comparison. In addition to the obligatory "Luther went to school here;" "Luther went to the bathroom here;" etc, there are some honestly great pieces of art in here, among which, notably, are some by Matthias Grunenwald, Albrecth Durer, and Lucas Cranach the Elder.

(2) The Broadness of Scope! The Accessibility! Tomlin isn't going to flat-back you with some novel interpretation of the "Theses Against Scholastic Theology," or offer a normative judgment on the exact date of Luther's Evangelical Experience. What he will do is give you the big idea of how Luther thought about things, and why people alternately embraced and took great offense at him. Tomlin studied under Alister McGrath at Oxford and obviously learned well, as his summations here are quite accurate and his insights, while restrained, are incisive. What emerges is a simple picture of Luther that hits all the important points, while refreshingly avoiding the two hazards of either disregard for his greatness or hagiography selectivity.

Ultimately, this book invites further reading and engagement with a theologian who must not go unread by the church today. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luther in a nutshell 26 Nov 2002
By BookwormNW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a sympathetic treatment of the life and impact of this giant of the Reformation era.
The author is conversant with the modern re-interpretations of Luther, but he focuses on the objective facts of Luther's life and beliefs, as well as the dynamics that helped make Luther a bridge from medievalism to the modern world.
Filled with colorful anecdotal material and Luther's interactions with friends and adversaries, the author portrays the human side of Luther in the development of his belief system. The concluding chapter sketches the importance of Luther's thought and its lasting influence.
This handbook on Luther is a glossy publication with useful sidebars, contemporary paintings, and modern photographs.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Introduction, Beautifully Illustrated, Great Price! 29 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like the other title of this series, "Faith in the Byzantine World," Tomlin's book is beautifully illustrated with maps, color photos, excerpts from primary sources, and more. You really will love to look at this book, let alone read it! As the other review has noted, this book is quite sympathetic to Luther and his theology, but it does present the reader with a fair and strong understanding of the Roman Catholic context of the Reformation. Highly recommended for catechism class or adult group study, or as a companion to a more detailed account of the Reformation (Jaroslav Pelikan's Volume Four of his "The Christian Tradition", for example). You will certainly not go wrong in buying this book! Enjoy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short biog. 26 Mar 2014
By Historian - Published on Amazon.com
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Good short biog., and with very nice color illustrations too. Easy to read. Not for those wanting a lot @ theology--which I did not!
5.0 out of 5 stars Luther & His World A Good Read 4 Oct 2013
By Cynthia M. Straw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Received in a timely fashion and in good condition, Luther and His World was a very insightful, informative book. Luther had a great influence on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and I really appreciate the background information - very good read!
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