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Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther Paperback – April 1, 1995
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''Of the many superlative treatments, a half-century-old study by Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, has justly won a reputation as a classic work on a classic subject.'' --Mark Noll, author and historian
''A sound and well-rounded picture of the man and of his role in history.'' --Chicago Tribune --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Bainton really draws his reader into the life of Luther by carefully unfolding historical events which led up to the reformation and events that helped to shape Luther's thinking during and following the Reformation. The book is also nicely lavished with engravings and illustrations which helps the reader get a better understanding of what Bainton is trying to communicate. Moreover, the book contains a very exhaustive bibliography to help the reader branch out into further research and reading.
This book is written in a chronological format from Luther's birth to his death, and every major event which occurred between. This text is certainly a must for anyone who wants a better understanding of Martin Luther. Moreover, it is also a crucial text for anyone wanting a better understanding of the Reformation. I cannot begin to describe the depth and breadth of this work. I highly recommend this text!!!!
This book is filled with passages that made me stop, think and reflect, and then dog-ear the page for return visits. Bainton quotes Luther: "Faith is a living, restless thing. It cannot be inoperative. We are not saved by works; but if there be no works, there must be something amiss with faith." Later, "Music is to be praised as second only to the Word of God because by her all the emotions swayed...The Holy Spirit himself pays tribute to music when he records that the evil spirit of Saul was exorcised as David played upon his harp....This precious gift has been bestowed on men alone to remind them that they are created to praise and magnify the Lord." Through reading this book, I became much more aware of the tremendous influence that Luther had on shaping numerous aspects of modern Western society. Anyone with any interest in any form of Christianity should become acquainted with the ideas of Martin Luther, and reading this book would be a good start.
Bainton was already a thorough student of the Protestant Reformation when he began writing this biography in the 1940s, and his maturity encouraged a sensitive, though not uncritical, interpretation of the great reformer. Especially impressive is Bainton's ability to explain Luther's doctrinal beliefs clearly and sympathetically even though Bainton himself was neither a Lutheran nor an evangelical.
In my opinion, Here I Stand is one of the finest biographies written in the early twentieth century. I read the book first in 1972, and on coming back to it thirty-four years later was even more impressed with its literary and historical worth. It is the epitome of the word "classic."
In passing, the original Abingdon hardback edition is significantly more pleasant to read than modern paperback versions, with their tiny type squeezed right to the margins.
Since this was the first biography on Martin Luther that I have read, there is minimal room for comparing this work with any of the other works done about this complicated figure.Read more ›
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I read this book many years ago, and appreciated it all over again.Published 9 days ago by Nancy Shea
Fascinating study of not just the man but also the scope and breath of the Renaissance in Germany. As a Lutheran I thought I knew all there was to know about Martin Luther but... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gluhwein
Bainton not discusses not only Luther himself but also the conditions and beliefs of the times.Published 5 months ago by Lynn M.
Biography of Luther tames all other lives that we consider amazing. Only handful of men in history can claim to have done as much as Luther in transforming, not only religion, but... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sung Shin
Very comprehensive and enjoyable reading. The vocabulary used is sometimes challenging, though. Lots of insights into Luther's times, character, and impact.Published 8 months ago by Steve Peet
The author has a firm grasp of his subject, the English language, and history. This biography was both insightful and entertaining.Published 9 months ago by James