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“I cannot and will not recant!…Here I stand.” This authoritative and inspiring story paints a vivid portrait of the crusader who spearheaded the Reformation. Considered one of the most readable biographies of Martin Luther, this volume looks at the German religious reformer and his influence on Western civilization.

Martin Luther entered a monastery as a youth and as a man shattered the structure of the medieval church, speaking out against the corrupt religious practices of the time. His demand that the authority for doctrine and practice be scriptures, rather than popes or councils, echoed around the world and ignited the great Reformation. Accused of heresy and threatened with excommunication and death, Luther maintained his bold stand and refused to recant. In his crusade to eliminate religious abuses, he did more than any other man to establish the Protestant faith.

With sound historical scholarship and penetrating insight, Roland Bainton examines Luther’s widespread influence. He re-creates the spiritual setting of the sixteenth century, showing Luther’s place within it and influence upon it. Here I Stand dramatically brings to life Martin Luther, the great reformer.

Roland H. Bainton (1894–1984), a specialist in Reformation history, was for forty-two years Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale, and he continued writing well into his twenty years of retirement. He wore his scholarship lightly and had a lively, readable style. His most popular book, Here I Stand, sold more than a million copies.

©1950, 1977 Roland H. Bainton (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Easily the most readable Luther biography in English.” (Time)

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An Excellent Book and Biography!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Here I Stand to be better than the print version?

I loved the book so much I purchased a hard copy after I finished reading it. There are many wonderful period illustrations in the book version, which you do not see in the audio. Also, I think the print version is better in that sense that few renderings perfectly capture the spirit and voice of an author. Sometimes it was also a little difficult to determine where Martin Luther's quotes began and ended and where it was the words of the author. That being said, this is an excellent alternative for those who don't have the time to sit down read a larger volume, like myself! I would highly recommend it in its audio form.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Martin Luther! The book was about him of course. The author also takes the time to highlight many other important and relevant characters to the life of Martin Luther.

Which scene was your favorite?

The author does a masterful job of tracing the life of Martin Luther in a chronological fashion from birth to death, while also taking meaningful excursions to sample his writings and thought, as well as considering his historical setting. I really appreciated how he took the time to provide substantial, digestible quotes from Martin Luther's works. This gave you a real feel for and impression of the man himself from a direct source and was a great complement to the author's own narrative.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was pretty well captivated by this book, considering it was a biography. I always looked forward to listening to it on the way to work. It is certainly not readable in the sense of a historical fiction, but it is definitely written in the general form of a narrative and would be easy to follow for most.

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This is an excellent biography for any interested in Martin Luther. The author is fair and balanced in presenting Martin's strengths and weaknesses as well as relating to him in his cultural context. While he is certainly a formidable scholar, you will not find him overly critical, as many modern religious biographies can be. This is more the story of a man than the historical/critical evaluation of a life. Even though this biography is over 50 years old it is still good in content and well worth the read. I believe those of a Christian persuasion who value the life and contributions of Martin Luther will find this an excellent, readable, thorough, fair, and generally positive portrayal of his life. Those of other persuasions will also find a fair and readable biography that provides a good scope of the man and his thought. I also really appreciated the selected quotations and excerpts he provided from Martin Luther's own works. They give you a very good sense of who Martin was. I also found them incredibly insightful and, even, refreshing as a Christian myself. Sometimes I felt like I was listening to a sermon or reading a devotional when portions were shared. Overall an excellent biography and well worth the read for anyone interested.

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  • Rindt
  • Sheboygan, WI, United States
  • 01-14-13

The classic Luther Biography well read.

Would you listen to Here I Stand again? Why?

Yes, I found it a very good listen. The narrator has an even, confident tone which was easy to listen too. This book was a great walk through the life of one of history's most interesting, influencial and controversial figures - Martin Luther.

What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

Tom Weiner has an even, confident tone which was easy to listen too. I found his voice welcoming and easy to learn from.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have read several biographies of Martin Luther and his contemporaries. This one is susinct, down to business and covers Luther's life in a way which will be easy for a newcommer to learn from or the experience reader to enjoy and gain knowledge. It is not overly acedemic like so many others. Just a good biography the way they should be written.

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  • Linda
  • WISTER, OK, United States
  • 06-19-12

All believers need to read this book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

.. Having this hard bound book in my library for years, but never had the time to read it. Makes me sad. Now listening to, Here I Stand, truly makes me understand what Martin Luther did for Christian growth. This book also encourages me to read my Bible and dig deeper. I also thank God for his servant Martin Luther.This will NOT be the last time I listen to this book. For I have listened to many self-help books in the past, but this one goes right to the core... my Spirit.

What did you like best about this story?

Understanding the Reformation and what it took to take on the Roman Catholic church within.

Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Tome Weiner before, but I truly enjoyed his voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. My extreme reaction was anger. I'm mad that many ordained men/women of God become full of greed. Also, just because anyone who goes to a Protestant church does not mean their church leadership from the top down it is not immune.

Any additional comments?

This book should be read by new converts to the faith. To understand how greed can get into the church. Each one of us has the truth at our fingertips... called the Bible. Read it and ask the Holy Spirit for help.

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One of my seminary text books

The story of Luther and his world is told at great detail with good historical evidence. Bainton affirms facts and also appropriately admits when we do not have evidence of certain details of Lurher's life.
Narrator did a job of inflicting at the right times and the right amounts.

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  • JB
  • 11-30-17

Excellent book.

this was a extremely inspiring account of Luther's life.. a worthy read for all Christians.

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In honor of the upcoming 500th Reformation Anniv.

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the Castle Church door will soon be here on All Saints Day, Oct 29th, 2017. I read this as background about Martin Luther as part of a 12 part Reformation Sunday school class leading up to the anniversary. I knew bits and parts of the story, but not the details about Luther's life and how the 95 Theses came to be. I admit that I day dreamed through some of this narration, but there were MANY chapters where I stayed with it, and learned. I recommend this book greatly, not only for historical reasons, but for knowledge of how the protestant church broke away from catholicism.

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A great listen

Well read.
Great comprehension of the content.
Bainton's classic bio of Martin Luther gives a comprehensive intro and keeps the detail tight and engaging.
Loved hearing it in this 500th year since those gnarly 95 theses were first posted - still waiting for Rome to engage in that offered debate.

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Excellent book

Simply an excellent exposition of the life, trials and theology of Martin Luther. Seems to have been very well researched and contains some information I was not aware of. It presents him as a very real person instead of an unapproachable, bigger than life legendary hero.

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Succinct and Well Written Bio of Martin Luther

Here I Stand is a very well written account of the life of Martin Luther. From his boyhood to his death, the book covers the struggles, the triumphs, the (unlikely) marriage, and much more.

I was particularly happy with the Diet of Worms scene, very well done.

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  • MK
  • 06-18-17

Awesome

Totally awesome. Sad it is over. Loved, loved, loved it. I am going to re listen several times and take notes.

Audible is extraordinary. :)

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  • Antti
  • 09-27-15

A Formidable Biography Superbly Read

As a confessional Lutheran I’m quite familiar with much of Luther’s writings but familiar enough with their stupendous quantity as well to say that ”much” in this context is a somewhat relative term. He wrote abundantly, preached even more, and there was always someone at hand to write down what he said.

There is, therefore, ample material for a Luther biography, then, and Bainton has certainly written a formidable one. It’s easy to read since it flows like a friendly conversation does, and it’s filled to the brim with citations from Luther that elucidate the historical context admirably to appreciate that the life he lived was as full of danger as it was of grace.

Tom Weiner’s reading of the audiobook is among the best I’ve come across lately. It’s like he’s the author himself and we’re enjoying a pint, or at the dinner table having a meal. He’s done lots of sci-fi, it seems. I have to find something else to hear him again, he’s that good.

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  • 08-24-12

Superb

This does all a good biography should. It opens the whole setting: geography, politics, history, finance... We listened over dinner each evening and we are going to miss it. Beutifuly read by Tom Weiner.

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  • Benjamin Myers
  • 08-22-17

A masterful intellectual biography

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A powerful interpretation of Luther's life and thought. Bainton gives a vivid and attractive depiction of Luther's personality. His account of Luther's theology is brilliant. All in all, one of the best religious biographies I've read. It would also make a perfect introduction for anyone interested in exploring Protestant thought.

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