Reading the Reformation: 5 Top Books

Ivan Mesa | October 28, 2016


The Protestant Reformation wouldn’t have happened as it did apart from books. And as we near the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, we’ll be treated to dozens of more titles recounting its history. In order to get a head start on the reading, I recently reached out to several scholars and asked them to each recommend one title on the Reformation. 

Once you’ve added one or more of these titles to your reading list, consider joining us next year for the TGC 2017 National Conference—“No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 and Beyond”—where we’ll celebrate the Reformation’s 500th anniversary and feature more than 50 talks from 65 speakers. Browse the list and register soon!


Robert Kolb
Professor emeritus of systematic theology

Concordia Theological Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri)

I’m excited about Scott Hendrix’s Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer. We finally have a volume written in sprightly fashion with telling anecdotes that bring both Luther’s theology and personality to readers in an enjoyable manner. He surveys Luther’s life and his interaction with his family, colleagues, and students, as well as with princes, patricians, and all other likes of human beings.

At the same time, Hendrix makes clear what Luther’s faith in Jesus Christ meant for his reading and proclamation of Scripture. 

Shawn Wright
Associate professor


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