Having thoroughly enjoyed his work on Bonhoeffer, I thought I’d try out another of Eric Metaxas’ biographies. Much like the former, this piece on the famed reformer Martin Luther did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded my expectations.
With all the quality I’ve come to expect from Metaxas, he somehow managed to outdo himself by cutting away the mundane elements that I mentioned from his biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I failed to notice any points in Luther’s narrative that were not vital to the telling of the man’s life and how he struggled through his almost accidental changing of the world.
Perhaps most compelling of all are the closing connections Metaxas makes to all who have influenced the world since Luther. The man was certainly a spiritual father to Bonhoeffer, but the author lays out just how much he influenced most other pioneers of Protestantism and liberty of the past five centuries. To think of how all that came from such a simple monk’s meek disagreement is astounding.
5 out of 5 stars