Thursday, June 29, 2006

Another Luther Bio

Luther, The Leader, Virgil Robinson
(Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1963; A. B. Publishing, Inc., 1997), pb., 96 pp.

This is more of a straight forward re-telling of the Luther story than the Louise Vernon reviewed previously. My boys missed the use of a fictional young boy for the telling of the story, but this one was understandable, easy to follow and was faithfully told. The author may follow less reliable traditions at points, though. For example the book tells about Luther writing “Away in a Manger” for his children one Christmas, when as best as I can tell this is based on an uncertain tradition. However, this sort of thing does not really distract from the story.

If you are looking for a straightforward, concise re-telling of Luther’s story this is a good resource. The story could be told in a more exciting manner, but if you have the basic details you can help build the interest yourself.


At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very much enjoying your reviews. Thanks so much for the tip on The King's Shadow- that was an excellent read, especially condsidering the publication date. Have you read From Dark to Dawn- A Tale of Martin Luther and the Reformation? It was published in the 1800's and has been edited and revised by James and Stacy McDonald. I have the other Luther books you've reviewed but haven't read them yet. This is a lengthy read at 362 pages but wow! Through this book, I am finally starting to understand just how enslaved people were and how truly dark that time was and how God used Luther. I did get this one for my high-school age daughter while the other bios were for my younger sons. But you may want to check it out.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Ray Van Neste said...


Thanks! I have not seen the book you mentioned. It sounds good. At that length you could also read Roland Bainton's classic bio which is in a very readbale format. Thanks for alerting me to this book!


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