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About "The Reformation"
^Mention history and some might struggle to stifle a yawn. But when presented as a narrative it can often be compelling reading. Stephen J. Nichols takes a key period in time, the Reformation, and presents its major players in a fresh way. From Martin Luther, a simple monk who wielded the mallet, to kings and queens, this book goes behind the scenes to uncover the human side of these larger-than-life Reformers. Along the way readers meet Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, Anne Bradstreet, and many others. ^For those wanting to see history in its context, Nichols also provides a sampling of primary source materials. It is an engaging read that will remind readers of the foundational truths that can never be taken for granted by the church in any age. Includes numerous illustrations.
Meet the Author
Stephen J Nichols
Stephen J. Nichols (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is a professor at Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School. He has written several books, including in the A Guided Tour series including Pages from Church History: A Guided Tour of Christian Classics, J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought, Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought, Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought and An Absolute Sort of Certainty: The Holy Spirit and the Apologetics of Jonathan Edwards. He lives with his wife and two sons in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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Another primer of the reformation. Nichols briskly moves through the pertinent historical epoch placing the reformation within its context. At times, Nichols may be too brief and the reader may want further explanation, somewhat weakening the intention of the book; targeting at the novice reader wanting to understand the reformation within its historical context. Short read, maybe to consider as part of a few books needed to understand the historical context of the reformation. 35
In this book, Nichols provides an introductory history on the Reformation which started in 1517 and argues why it still matters five hundred years later. His history includes interesting coverage on reformers like Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, the Anabaptists, the Anglicans, the Puritans, and also women of the Reformation. The book ends with an Appendix which contains selections from Reformation documents. For the Christian reader unacquainted with the Reformation, this book provides a helpful starting point. Useful and recommended.