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From number one New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas comes a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history, Martin Luther, in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

On All Hallow's Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther's now famous 95 Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the best-selling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Written in riveting prose and impeccably researched, Martin Luther tells the searing tale of a humble man who, by bringing ugly truths to the highest seats of power, caused the explosion whose sound is still ringing in our ears. Luther's monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of faith, virtue, and freedom that today lie at the heart of all modern life.

©2017 Eric Metaxas (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • Tommy
  • Boca Raton, FL, United States
  • 11-04-17

A Metaxas Hat Trick

To read Luther by Metaxas is to be simultaneously educated, enlightened, and entertained. So much to appreciate: dispelling the myths; recognizing the genius while refusing to shadow the faults; keeping Luther’s driving force (the just shall live by faith in the merits of Christ’s work) in the forefront while explaining the wider implications for Christendom and history. And Metaxas delivers all this and more in a captivating and witty prose. This is my best read in 2017. I have already have given away one copy. I suspect more will follow.

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  • Daryl
  • Houston, TX United States
  • 10-18-17

Great Biography of a Man and an Era

Another great biography by Eric Metaxas! I thoroughly enjoyed his work on Bonhoeffer, but I thought it was a bit tedious in its detail. Luther is another very nice book, but it lacked some of the tedious details that were in Bonhoeffer. One reviewer has called this book a "fluff" piece since it did not address the anti Semitic writings Luther made in the later part of his life. However, that reviewer must not have read the book as it does address some of the inexplicable statements that Luther made as an old man. Metaxas offers no explanation, but calls them inexplicable since they went against the 99.9 percent of his other writings. One could call them the work of an elderly man struggling with dementia or the work of an elderly man struggling with a bad temper. It would all be conjecture that overlooks the 99.9% of his other work. This book takes pains to bring to light so many things that we take for granted today like freedom of religion and democracy that were the results of Luther's movement. This book is not simply the re-telling of familiar events in Luther's life, it's meant to show the reader how Luther was the bridge Europe took to modern life. When one reads this book, one comes away from it realizing that Luther really did change the world.

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Reformation!

Mr. Metaxes hits a Grand Slam Homerun! His research, writing, and presentation all award winning in my book. I loved reading (listening) to this book. The irony is I spent five years in residence at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana and learned more about the Reformation from Mr. Metaxes in 22 hours of listening (reading) than I did at seminary. I rejoice that learning is unending. I will recommend this book to everyone I know. Thank you again Mr. Metaxes for writing and recording the book.

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Powerful and Engaging

Eric Metaxas has become my favorite author, and so I could hardly wait to listen to this new biography, especially since I knew that the author would be reading it. It has lived up to every hope I had. What a great story. I’ve come away so thankful for Luther’s devotion to bringing God’s Word and opening the door to the freedom that comes through faith in Jesus to ordinary people like me. Thank you, Eric, for this wonderful book.

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For the mere hilarious table-talks it is worth it..

Once started I couldn’t stop listening.. very detailed life of Martin Luther and his teachings.. I have found myself laughing on more than few occasions of his sayings about life and have also shared few tears on the sorrows of that life.. very well and exquisitely written.. as a Christian I have always had a dark spot on my history of how it all came to be.. and after listening to Foxes book of Martyrs, this is the next best thing.. while i do differ on some theological views mentioned in this book I however greatly appreciate the life and work of Marin Luther.. a must listen..

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A flawed world changer.

In typical Metaxas style, Martin Luther is an exhaustive look into the life of the great reformer.

Luther was clearly a flawed human that sought God through his weakness. He wasn't perfect by any means but certainly changed the course of history.

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  • Matthew
  • Huntsville, AL United States
  • 11-04-17

Outstanding Book

I really liked how the details of Martin Luther’s life were presented. I felt like I was the author’s best friend and he was telling me all the exciting things he has discovered. The author did an excellent job reading the book and it added to the interest of the book. I enjoyed how the author explored how the world has been impacted by Martin Luther. I will definitely listen to it again and may purchase the kindle version, so I can highlight some of the more insightful sections. Thank you Eric for giving us this book, and just in time for the 500 year anniversary of the reformation.

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Luther as rebel, pastor and midwife

Many interesting aspects of the reformer's life and transition from lawyer to monk to rebel. Eye opening.

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A spectacular read.

Metaxas struck gold again with this book.
From the miticulous research, to the sprinkles of humor, Metaxas masterfully presents this inflection point in human history known as Marten Luther.

I liked it so much, I bought the paper book just so I could have the author sign it at a book signimg.

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Great Book

I learned so much from this wonderful book. The Author and Narrator were terrific. I do wish there was a PDF file like Leonardo da Vinci's book. With time line, and names of persons involved in the book.
Loved this book and will need to listen a couple of times to catch all of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-17

Brilliant!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. So very well researched and entertaining to boot. Tempted to start all over again.