From Library Journal
Despite his genius, Luther is more respected than read by most Christians; he is famous for his single gesture of defiance far more than for his many accomplishments. Thornton and Varenne, general editors of the "Vintage Spiritual Classics" series, hope to change that situation through the careful selection and presentation of his writings. Collected here for the general reader are substantial excerpts from Luther's prefaces to and exegesis of the Bible, his sermons, table talk, and hymns. He is, as ever, a stern taskmaster in faith, but his thought is indispensable and challenging. For most collections.
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Faith and Freedom: An Invitation to the Writings of Martin Luther
is the first selection in decades for the general reader from the many dozens of volumes that constitute Martin Luther?s collected works. The selections included here, chosen for their pastoral tone, speak across the centuries and inform the spiritual concerns of today.Drawing on Luther?s Bible prefaces and commentaries, his treatises and sermons, his letters, his ?table talk,? and his enduring hymnbook, Faith and Freedom
will provide a spiritual resource for anyone seeking the heritage of modern Christian spirituality. Moreover, it requires no specialized knowledge of Reformation theology or Church history. Rich in language, direct, powerful, fresh in ideas, and often disquieting in their effect, the writings of Luther provide compelling reading.