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Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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“A meticulously researched and detailed account of Luther’s life and times . . . a very human portrait. . . . Metaxas is a scrupulous chronicler and has an eye for a good story. The result is full, instructive, and pacey.”
—The Washington Post
“A new magisterial biography . . . another epic work [from Eric Metaxas] . . . Extensively researched . . . A beautifully balanced separation of fact from fiction.”
“If you had to make a list of five people who shaped the modern West, Martin Luther would be on it. Yet almost everything you think you know about Luther is wrong, as Eric Metaxas shows in this brilliant biography. This is an amazing story, beautifully told. You’ll emerge wiser.”
—Tucker Carlson, host of Tucker Carlson Tonight
“When Martin Luther made it possible to read the Bible for yourself, he did more than anyone else to create the future. Read this book for yourself to understand the story we’re all still living through.”
—Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal, entrepreneur, and author of Zero to One
“A marvelous, brilliant book that is equal parts biography, theology, political philosophy, and cultural history. With a light and rapid touch that nonetheless is capable of conveying deep truths and insights, Metaxas deftly blends these many elements into a narrative that reads as compellingly as a novel. I imagine that Luther himself—not an easy man to please—would be deeply impressed by this master portraiture.”
—Mark Helprin, bestselling author of Winter’s Tale and A Soldier of the Great War
“Brilliant . . . powerful . . . a must read.”
“A very, very good book.”
“Metaxas’s Martin Luther is a breathtaking achievement and a gripping read. Bold, fast-paced, and magisterial like its hero, yet always stylish and witty like its author, this account blows the cobwebs off long-settled expectations, and helps us to understand the man who shook the medieval world and helped to shape the modern world.”
—Os Guinness, author of Impossible People
“Eric Metaxas has blessed us with yet another indispensable biography. With his customary verve and elegance, profound reverence, and biting wit, Metaxas’s Martin Luther is an education in the meaning of man’s relation to God. It makes Luther’s life come alive and illuminates how deeply that life has affected our own.”
—Bret Lott, bestselling author of Jewel and nonfiction editor of Crazyhorse magazine
“As with his seminal work on Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas, in this extraordinary work on Martin Luther, reveals those nuances that made Luther the force that he was. As the details gather in the book, you soon feel the presence of the man himself.”
—Dr. Gerald L. Schroeder, lecturer and teacher at College of Jewish Studies Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminar
“This massive but eminently readable biography of Luther deserves no less an adjective than ‘formidable.’ Eric Metaxas is to religious biographers what Pixar is to cartoons.”
—Peter Kreeft, author of Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other?
“Extraordinary. A tour de force.”
—Johnnie Moore, Jr., founder of The Kairos Company
“If you wish to know why Martin Luther is remembered as one of the most consequential figures in history, and why Eric Metaxas has emerged as one of the most prominent storytellers of our generation, you’ll find the answers in this book. Eric’s skill as a writer and biographer are on full display here, even as he corrects the myths and secures the history of a monk who changed the world.”
—John Stonestreet, president of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
“One of the most engaging, inspiring, and entertaining books on Luther I've ever read. Every page a joy.”
—J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC
“Deeply researched and surprising.”
—Tampa Bay Times
“Metaxas is the best storyteller among the Luther biographers.”
“Outstanding . . . full of clever turns of phrase and humor that makes the incredible story of Luther all the more accessible.”
“A biography designed to peel back the myths and reveal Luther as the fascinating and influential man he was . . . A fast, easy read.”
—The Houston Chronicle
“Metaxas offers something different and special . . . the author’s fast-paced style and attention to interesting details sets this 450-page book apart.”
—Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
“Turns some centuries-long legends upside down.”
“A masterful portrait of a seminal figure.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“A meaty autobiography of the Reformation leader. Metaxas brings his flair for epic biography that was on such impressive display in his 2010 book, Bonhoeffer . . . Metaxas offers something different and special.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Highly readable, fast-paced . . . cheerful.”
About the Author
Eric Metaxas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If You Can Keep It, Bonhoeffer, Amazing Grace, and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and Metaxas has appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He is the host of The Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated daily radio show. Metaxas is also the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on “life, God, and other small topics,” featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Dick Cavett, and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, among many others. He is a senior fellow and lecturer at large at the King’s College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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Being a son of the Protestant Reformation I have never understood how one could be "Roman Catholic". Eric does the huge task of taking us back to the world of 1500 and that in Europe the Pope was ruler over all the rulers in what was called the Holy Roman Empire. The fact that this Monk could not be killed like nearly everyone else who dare question Catholic dogma of the time is in fact a GREAT story! Don't start this book on a Sunday night because it will ruin your week! Start on a Friday and don't plan on doing anything else for the weekend!
Eric is like Martin in that he write book for the average reader. Buy and more importantly READ the book!
Not to ruin the surprise, but key information literally "unearthed" in 2008. So yes, Metaxas adds new information to a well told 500 year old story, and it is really worth examining.
But here's the best part about Metaxas' biography -- he makes sure God gets the glory. So many details are known about Luther. It would be impossible for most to write this book, given all the information available. Metaxas pulls out the pieces of Luther's life that show how God was always part of the story. Beginning with his mom naming him Martin (and all the parallels with Saint Martin, who lived a millennium earlier). Luther was instrumental in the reformation, but he was not like "protesters" we know today. He could have been killed for his beliefs (like many before him and around him). He fully understood that. But he knew God is bigger. He clung to what was true, regardless of consequences. He listened to God, and he was brilliant, but he was not flawless in any sense. Metaxas gets that. God gets all the glory in this book.
And ihe book is shockingly funny -- at least to me. I literally LOL'd many times. The people around me asked, "what?" -- and it was never easy to explain. I heard that earnest but lighthearted Metaxas voice delivering several lines, and it struck me as very humorous. I now suspect Luther would've liked it that way. This is not a story that praises Martin Luther. It is much more. Soli Deo Gloria.