Monday, October 2, 2017

The Life and Times of Martin Luther by Meike Roth-Beck & illustrated by Klaus Ensikat [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

ISBN: 9780802854957
Hardcover: 44 pg - Age 7-12
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
My thoughts:  Eerdmans Publishers has a knack for selecting children's or young readers' picture biographies that are interesting and reveal the individual's special characteristics, shortcomings, and achievements. In this picture biography of Martin Luther - The Life and Times of Martin Luther, the author and illustrator have both collaborated well to show the reader what the people, buildings, dress looked like. Also, the spiritual life of the 1500s is well addressed as Martin Luther is in pursuit of knowing what the Bible actually teaches and how it conflicted with that which was currently being taught by the Roman Catholic Church and its leaders.

Some of the 95 Theses which Luther nailed to the church door are discussed. This type of information is rare in a  book for ages 7 to 12. The text of the story about Luther and the times is a little heavy for a seven-year-old, but certainly not above that of a 6th grader. In fact, the book would be appealing to teens and adults and could perhaps be a pivot point that directs discussion and further research into the time of the Protestant Reformation. As the book points out, the period into which Luther was born was one when there was a thirst for knowledge. Universities were founded, technologies were invented, and the human body was studied. Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492. Luther was privileged to receive an education and later became a monk. It was while a monk he began to think and question the use of paid indulgences for the forgiveness of sins, etc.

Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door October 31, 1517 so Reformation Day is celebrated on October 31 and this year, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of this event.  Link to book on Eerdmans

God is merciful. 
No one has to earn God's love. 
It is a gift.

About the book: A fascinating look at the ideas that founded the Protestant Church

Wittenberg, Germany, 1517: Martin Luther publishes 95 theses criticizing the practices of the Roman Catholic Church. With that one defiant act, a conflict begins—a conflict that will spark the Protestant Reformation and ultimately lead to the division of the Christian church.

This sophisticated book commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by examining the details of Martin Luther's life and his lasting legacy.
Begins October 2
Ends October 23 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA & CANADA addresses
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.


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  5. I think I most would like to have this one, as we will be hitting this time period soon in history and sharing about Martin Luther is important to me, but Father's Road is another one of interest, that I'd love reviewed.

    Side note, it would be helpful to have a link directly to the book in the post.

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  8. This type of book is so great for homeschooling! Thank you for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on! I appreciate it!

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