Celebrate Reformation Day with The Life of Luther

Life of Luther Life of Luther Coveris more than a beautifully reproduced collector’s item; it’s an historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

lutherinteriorThis unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union (now the American Missionary Fellowship) original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

Maybe you’ve never been a part of the Catholic Church and are not really sure how this affects your life. Take a moment to read from the passage below about things really were in Luther’s day for all church-goers.  See the world as it had become before he took a stand against the sinful predatory practices that the church had come to stand for… Before the release of his 95 Theses, a document that forced people toreconsider everything they knew and practiced and to begin to once again recognize the blood sacrifice that Christ made for us all.

For a year and a half before the controversy broke out between Luther and Tetzel, the former  had directed his attention to the abuses practised in the sale of indulgences. His exposition of the decalogue, delivered as lectures, as early as 1516, and afterwards published, may be referred to as evidence.  A sermon against indulgences, as then dispensed, delivered July 17,1517, in the presence of  the elector, who had, but little more than a year before, procured the right of granting indulgences in the very same church where the preacher now stood, was not much relished by the prince.  When Luther perceived that half of the population of Wittenberg were resorting to Jüterbock and Zerbst, where Tetzel and his colleague Rausch, were preactising their arts upon the ignorant populace, he warned his hearers, in a discourse held in the little old cloister-chapel, against the deception.
Meanwhile, Luther perceived that some of his congregation, who had purchased indulgences, relied upon their certificates, and consequently did not come to the confessional, nor seek absolution before the communion.  He, therefore, refused to administer to them the supper, unless they would first make to him confession of their sins,  and submit to the penances he should impose.  This they refused to do, and referred to their certificates of indulgence, in which they were pronounced absolved from the grossest crimes—not only past, but those yet to be committed; and that without penitence or satisfaction.  Luther adhered to his resolution; and said, to the great surprise and consternation of the individuals concerned,

“Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

Life of Luther is a unique and carefully preserved piece of our heritage that you will treasure whether you are a book collector, history lover or simply someone wanting to learn and grow in your faith. Get yours today!