"For three decades James Kittleson’s Luther biography has been the best for a general readership. Hans Wiersma’s revision extends the book’s usefulness for a new generation with its additions and changes. It provides the right balance of theology, politics, and social history, ever inviting us into the story of Luther, all without getting lost in minutiae aimed at experts. This is the right book at the right time for those seeking a faithful compass to Luther’s life and times. It will be the go-to biography for anyone made curious by the 500th anniversary of the Reformation."
Luther the Reformer
The Story of the Man and His Career, Second Edition
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For nearly thirty years, James M. Kittelson’s Luther the Reformer has been the standard biography of Martin Luther. Like Roland Bainton’s biography of the generation before, Kittelson’s volume is the one known by thousands of students, pastors, and interested readers as the biography that gave them the details of this dramatic man and his history.
The accolades were well deserved. Fair, insightful, and detailed without being overwhelming, Kittelson was able to negotiate a “middle way” between the many directions of historical research and present a more complete chronological picture of Luther than many had yet portrayed.
For this revised edition, Hans H. Wiersma has made an outstanding text even better. The research is updated, and the text is revised throughout, with images, bibliographies, and timelines to enhance the experience.
It’s a great volume, greatly improved.