Monday, May 30, 2016

Nonfiction Review: Rescuing the Gospel

Erwin W. Lutzer begins his history of the Reformation with some background figures such as John Wycliffe and John Huss. He goes on to give a chronological telling of Martin Luther's life and views, then spends the second half of "Rescuing the Gospel" writing more by topic than chronology. Lutzer concludes with a quick overview of who came after Luther and a poignant call to keep the Gospel message distinct.

Readers will appreciate Lutzer's clear and compelling writing, as well as his ability to make statements without coming across as one-sided. Key theological issues such as the sacraments and salvation are discussed, but all in the context of history and in short order. Personally, I would love to read even more details about the theological issues at stake, not to mention more about how those issues are still relevant today. However, what Lutzer does have to say about modern relevance is helpful and worthwhile.

As far as the history presented goes, much of it can be gleaned from watching the fictionalized movie "Luther" or from other media. But the way in which Lutzer frames the history makes his nonfiction account the kind of book you cannot put down. The hardback edition has a great feel in your hands, as well, and includes color pictures of documents and paintings in an easy-to-read layout.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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