A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation by Craig Harline

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A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation Read Online Free - October 2017 marks five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg and launched the Protestant Reformation. At least, that's what the legend says. But with a figure like Martin Luther, who looms so large in the historical imagination, it's hard to separate the legend from the life, or even sometimes to separate assorted legends from each other. Over the centuries, Luther the man has given way to Luther the icon, a polished bronze figure on a pedestal.

In A World Ablaze, Craig Harline introduces us to the flesh-and-blood Martin Luther. Harline tells the riveting story of the first crucial years of the accidental crusade that would make Luther a legendary figure. He didn't start out that way; Luther was a sometimes-cranky friar and professor who worried endlessly about the fate of his eternal soul. He sought answers in the Bible and the Church fathers, and what he found distressed him even more -- the way many in the Church had come to understand salvation was profoundly wrong, thought Luther, putting millions of souls, not least his own, at risk of damnation. His ideas would pit him against numerous scholars, priests, bishops, princes, and the Pope, even as others adopted or adapted his cause, ultimately dividing the Church against itself. A World Ablaze is a tale not just of religious debate but of political intrigue, of shifting alliances and daring escapes, with Luther often narrowly avoiding capture, which might have led to execution. The conflict would eventually encompass the whole of Christendom and served as the crucible in which a new world was forged.

The Luther we find in these pages is not a statue to be admired but a complex figure -- brilliant and volatile, fretful and self-righteous, curious and stubborn. Harline brings out the immediacy, uncertainty, and drama of his story, giving readers a sense of what it felt like in the moment, when the ending was still very much in doubt. The result is a masterful recreation of a momentous turning point in the history of the world.

Title : A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation
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ISBN : 0190275189
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 312 pages


BHodges rated it ★★★★★

July 22, 2017

Craig Harline is more than a great historian. He's a fantastic storyteller. His new book about Martin Luther is a real page-turner. I didn't expect to be using adjectives like gripping, heart-pounding, and funny, but here I am. It's a perfect introduction to "Brother Martin" for beginners, but I...

Leah rated it ★★★★★

November 22, 2017

Wittenberg, Worms, Wartburg – and Martin Luther Craig Harline teaches history at Brigham Young University; If I had the opportunity, I'd register for every single one of his classes! If he speaks the way he writes... There has been a deluge of Luther/Reformation-related books over the past year; ev...

Rick rated it ★★★★☆

September 21, 2017

This is an incredibly detailed and sometimes too detailed account of the rise of Martin Luther. There were times I thought that I did not need to know who was there, the roads taken or the clothing worn. However, that aside, this is a very readable history of one of the great peaceful revolutions...

Debbie rated it ★★★★☆

September 29, 2017

"A World Ablaze" focused on Martin Luther's life between Oct. 31, 1517 (when his 95 theses were posted on the church door in Wittenberg) to the Diet of Worms, his "exile" at Wartburg, and his return to Wittenberg in the spring of 1522. There was also a chapter summarizing Luther's life before thi...

Steve rated it ★★★★★

January 14, 2018

I got this book through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. It was an (trhe year he put up his excellent history of Martin Luther from . I felt that I had a much better understanding of the world of Germany and the politics involved in Luther surviving from the time he publishe...

SALLY rated it ★★★★☆

November 13, 2017

Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read, well written and you get a feel of Luther and those around him as real characters rather than just as people from history. I found the discussion between Luther and the Pope’s representatives vivid and...

Becca rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2018

A fabulously accessible book on Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Reformation. I appreciated not only the very readable style of the book, but the context provided and inclusions of sources for further study. I would highly recommend.

Caroline rated it ★★★☆☆

December 27, 2017

Interesting introduction to Luther for those who know little or nothing about him. Gives a good idea of how his ideas fitted with what else was happening at the time. The slightly chatty style of writing did make me feel that the author really wants to be writing fiction.

Charlotte rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2018

Well written in an interesting narrative for the average layperson. I learned a lot, and I'm glad I read it.

Stacy rated it ★★★☆☆

January 30, 2018

This was a good read. I came into the book not knowing much about Luther and I left knowing a lot. The reading was a bit dry at times, but not so rough that I couldn’t muddle through.

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