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A Short Life of Martin Luther
POD; Published: 10/31/2016
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7153-4
Price: $ 19.50
158 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5 x 8
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Accessible yet authoritative biography of the colorful character who instigated the Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther, the Augustinian friar who set the Protestant Reformation in motion with his famous Ninety-Five Theses in October 1517, was a man of extremes on many fronts. He was both hated and honored, both reviled as a heretic and lauded as a latter-day apostle. This superb translation of Thomas Kaufmann's popular German biography highlights the two conflicting "natures" of Martin Luther, depicting Luther's earthiness as well as his soaring theological contributions, his flaws as well as his greatness.
A. Trevor Sutton
—author of Being Lutheran
"Pens began to scribble whenever Martin Luther spoke. And, five hundred years later, those pens have still not stopped. Among the many Luther biographies available, however, this one is truly memorable and unique. It is simply written, yet not oversimplified; robust in scholarship, yet welcoming to many readers. Although it is a short life of Martin Luther, this book will cast a long shadow for generations."
John T. Pless
—Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne
"This concise but coherent treatment of Martin Luther portrays the Reformer as a man of extreme opposites. . . . A carefully crafted and readable narrative, Kaufmann's Short Life of Martin Luther will enlighten and challenge anyone seeking to better comprehend the person and work of Luther. The English translation of this work is a welcome addition to Reformation scholarship."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Timed to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 theses, which ushered in the Protestant Reformation, Kaufmann's short, incisive biography of Luther focuses on the theological import of his subject's life. Kaufmann conveys the core of Luther's theology, rooted in the scholar-monk's conviction of the primacy of scripture over Roman Catholic theological tradition and his unwavering belief that salvation came through grace of God alone, not through works. His sketch of Luther's life is brief, but Kaufmann does not shy away from controversial topics such as Luther's anti-Semitism and his harsh reaction to the German Peasants' War. . . . The book, written in a tone of high seriousness, is impressively clear, providing insights into the mind of a complicated individual."
Concordia Theological Journal
“As we celebrate the quincentennial of the Reformation, this book will be a nice addition to any congregation’s or pastor’s personal library.”