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Review: Katharina, Katharina by Christine Farenhorst

Katharina Schutz, curious, talkative, and impulsive, notices everything around her:  Frau Bauer, the neighbor across the street whose babies all died;  the light in the studio where she learns to weave; cousin Ursula’s bitterness; the different priests; and the ever-present need to be good enough to earn favor for those who have died.  And in […]

Review: The Reformation by Stephen Nichols

Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a document onto a cathedral door bulletin board*.  That one event, the culmination of years of protest by many, ushered in the Reformation and also, according to Nichols, took the world from the middle ages to modern times. But does the Reformation still matter […]

Review: John Knox by Simonetta Carr

John Knox is among the most colorful Reformers.  From galley slave to royal preacher and devoted family man, he was both vigorous and gentle.  When he explained the duties of rulers to Queen Mary of Scotland, she became speechless with amazement; when his mother-in-law worried about her sins, he consoled her with the gospel.  Throughout […]

Review: Luther by Those Who Knew Him by E. R. Charles

This devotional and encouraging book presents Luther and his ideas through the eyes of various members of a family that knew him.  From Fritz, a monk who travelled to Rome with him, and Else, who struggled with not being religious enough because she was not a nun, to Eva, a nun who rejoiced to share […]

Review: Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr

Very few people have had as great an influence on western civilization as Martin Luther.  Yet, it wasn’t Luther himself, and those who think only about the man miss so much.  Nor was Luther aiming to change civilization or even the church—no, Luther was a person gripped by the search for God’s forgiveness, whose eventual […]

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