Martin Luther (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)
Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God's truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer's greatest accomplishment, she writes, "has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel."
Sometimes it's hard to find high-quality biographies written at a level that appeals to children. These beautifully illustrated hardcover books were written specifically with young readers in mind, but I suspect adults will enjoy these, too. They present a good mixture of story with history, in a simple and straightforward style, with pictures on almost every page. In each of them, you'll read through the subject's life, from his childhood (with some background on the context of current events) to his conversion and ministry to his death and legacy. While not all of them are about reformers per se, I can see these books as being a welcome addition to a study on the Reformation, since each person could be viewed as related to that period in some way. Approx. 62-64 pgs. each, hc. - Chad