The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
by Eric Metaxas
Viking, Penguin Group, Pub Date: 03 Oct 2017
“Martin Luther” by Eric Metaxas is a brilliant, inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern Christian history, Martin Luther, Leader of the Protestant Reformation, 501 years ago. In 1517, Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-five Theses on the Church door at Wittenberg that ignited a conflagration to tear the Christian world apart. Eric Metaxas, a scrupulous chronicler and acclaimed biographer, paints a striking portrait of the monk “whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom.” Impeccably researched and penned in riveting prose, Eric Metaxas tells the startling tale of a renegade monk who courageously presented ugly truths to the highest seats of power, causing the explosion that still echoes through five centuries to this day. “Luther’s monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of all modern life.” As Eric Metaxas clearly states, Martin Luther saw everything in this world as beautiful and holy, where God sanctified and approved all man did. This world is redeemed through Christ. Everything in it is encompassed into the sanctified world of the spiritual, to be imbued with the divine presence of God and made beautifully new again. God created a good world and suffused it with His presence. But in Eden, sin snatched man away from the perfect union with God. This searing split between the material and spiritual worlds is the gaping wound at the heart of the world which only Christ can heal. Let us invite Him into our hearts, to complete the healing that He came to do, by dying on the cross of Calvary for our sins, to redeem us for God’s glory. This is the new world in which everyone partakes of God’s goodness, in which every person is a “priest,” living fully loved and approved of by God. In his own life, Luther lived what he preached and taught. A fast-paced biography of Martin Luther, this book will be enjoyed by general readers who wish to know about the incredible, mind-boggling events of the Protestant Reformation and the man who inspired it.