Friday, September 15, 2017

8 Book Suggestions for the Reformation 500

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation that changed the Church as we know it is fast closing in. With that in mind, I thought I'd put together a Reformation reading list, because we still have a couple of months left in which to tackle some books.

*deep breaths* we can do this 

I haven't read all of these yet, so they don't come with 100% guarantee. But they look to be great ones to take a peek at, and I'm going to try to get through at least a couple more of them before the year is out.

1. Martin Luther and His Katie, by Dolina MacCuish
This book is an excellent, quick look at the lives of Martin and Katie and their marriage together. It's a quick read. I heartily enjoyed it, and recommend it for a brief introductory overview.

2. Ladies of the Reformation, by J.H. Alexander
An absolutely stellar book to invest in, this book specifically covers women during the Reformation. Each chapter gives a brief snapshot of different womens' lives, and this was a great starting point for a Women of the Reformation set I'm writing for my Christian girls' group--I'm adding Scripture lessons to go along with their lives.

3. Martin Luther, by Eric Metaxas
While I haven't read this one yet, I've enjoyed Metaxas' biographies of Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce, and his engaging style of writing. While Metaxas wavers wildly off-base on how God created the earth in his book Miracles, I've enjoyed his history based stuff, and I'm looking forward to reading his thoughts on Luther.

4. Rescuing the Reformation, by Erwin Lutzer
I'm going to borrow this book from my mom as soon as I finish my current read. I think this will give a great general overview (Yes, it was supposed to be on my summer reading list. I'm behind.)

5. Reformation Heroes, by Joel Beeke
A beautiful coffee-table book illustrating the lives of various reformers, this is another great introduction to look at for your children or even yourself if you want a big-picture view of Reformation history.

6. Katharina and Martin Luther, by Michelle DeRusha
I haven't read this one, but I'd really, really like to. It's a longer biography about the marriage of Martin and Katie Luther.

7. The Thunder, by Douglas Bond
If you'd like a look at this Scottish Reformer and enjoy Douglas Bond's fiction, this is a great one to check out.

8. The Betrayal, by Douglas Bond
A fantastic fictional biography of Calvin (told, ironically enough, through the eyes of someone who hates him) this will give you another wonderful portrait of Calvin's life and scholarship. Note: Some PG-13 elements of immorality in the church and burnings/torture which may be disturbing for some readers.

Are you celebrating the Reformation this year? Which books would you add to this list?


  1. Great list, Schuyler! I am really excited about this being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! Last semester I wrote an essay for my History course on the Origins of the Protestant Reformation & I'm considering publishing it on my blog for the anniversary, though it has a lot of referencing aspects I need to tweak for a post rather than an academic work :). Such an important era in the history of the Christian church, and the world as a whole!

    1. Hooray! I would heartily love to read it on your blog--anything about the Reformation I can lay my hands on sounds wonderful! <3

  2. Love this list! I haven't read any of these, but I should look into them. I hadn't even thought about it being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation until my pastor brought it up at church. He's added explaining church traditions into our service so we can learn more about it together, and that's been really neat. Thanks for posting this!

    1. Oh wow, I love that your church is adding into the discussion! That sounds amazing! Our pastor just started a Reformation Bible study hour after the service, which I'm excited about.

  3. Eeepers! Love this list. So thrilled in general at the whole Reformation 500 thing and what people are doing to commemorate it.

    We have many of those books...I should dig out my copy of "Ladies of the Reformation"; I haven't looked at it in years, and I don't think I ever got all the way through it.
    And I really should read the "Betrayal" again this fall... It was so well-written. I just finished "The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation", which I really enjoyed as an overview.

    Kyla <3

  4. I'll have to look into some of these, especially Metaxas' book. I've read "The Thunder" and enjoyed it, despite the romance.


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