• Pastor Jeff Johnson

Book of the Month

Five hundred four years ago this October 31 (All Hallowed's Eve, the night before All Saints Day in the Church), a confused Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther posted 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. The door served as a sort of community bulletin board and Luther, knowing that the whole community would be coming to mass the following morning, would read this list of issues Luther had with the Roman Catholic Church of his day. Luther never intended to start a new church. He only wanted to reform the corrupt church of his day and thought a discussion of the issues facing the church would be a good place to start. Little did he know that his 95 Theses would be the start of a movement which would change the course of world history.

While there are many excellent biographies of Martin Luther, one of the best current ones (2017) is called Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. Eric Mataxas is the author and is not only a top-notch scholar but an engaging writer. Readers will not find this volume a pedantic tome but rather an edifying page-turner.

Mataxas' Martin Luther can be found through any Christian bookseller, as well as Amazon (where it can be purchased used, for less). Pastor Jeff and at least two other Peace people have copies of the book and he/they would be happy to loan it out to curious readers. Enjoy this wonderful book this Reformation season!

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