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Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God's truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer's greatest accomplishment, she writes, "has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel."


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Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God's truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer's greatest accomplishment, she writes, "has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel."

30 review for Martin Luther

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Middlestead

    Wonderful! A very long picture book that we read over several days.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ebookwormy1

    It's 2017 and all over the world, Germany, the Lutheran Church and even the Catholic Church, believers are returning to the events of Wittenburg, Germany, in 1517 to contemplate the 95 theses that began the Reformation movement. In this excellent biography, Carr captures Luther's youth, education and deep spiritual struggles that lead to his transformative theses and the incredible, unexpected, uproar that followed. She doesn't just highlight the triumphs of Luther's stand against the Holy Roman It's 2017 and all over the world, Germany, the Lutheran Church and even the Catholic Church, believers are returning to the events of Wittenburg, Germany, in 1517 to contemplate the 95 theses that began the Reformation movement. In this excellent biography, Carr captures Luther's youth, education and deep spiritual struggles that lead to his transformative theses and the incredible, unexpected, uproar that followed. She doesn't just highlight the triumphs of Luther's stand against the Holy Roman Emperor or the drama of his kidnapping, but she takes the time to expose Luther's incredible loneliness in the exile that saved his life. She documents his prolific hard work in writing and translation. She opens insights that Luther learned through his unexpected marriage and family and how those insights shaped him. And she helps us see that although Luther didn't seek a conflict with Rome, he was fortified by a strong sense of integrity that would not allow him to back down when faced with death. And under this all, like a deep river chamber, flowing to the ocean, is Luther's soul anguished longing for peace with God for himself and others and how this drive, more than any other, lead to God's using Luther to break open the Catholic church. As with all the titles in this series, the artwork, photographs, timeline and "Did you know? (a section of random facts that didn't make the text)" features complement the narrative and appeal to all ages. You can see my other reviews for more details on them, as this book continues the high standards of previous titles. Luther's challenges to Rome returned the Christian church to preaching a gospel open to all people. He shamed the Catholic church for its debauchery indirectly, but took direct aim at claims that people had to buy salvation for themselves and their loved ones from the insatiable Pope and his minions. Carr will help you, and your students, to see these themes. 500 years later, we are still talking about Luther, because the church, as an institution, constantly needs to be reminded to focus on the Word of God alone, salvation through faith alone by grace alone, for the Glory of God, alone. John Calvin, Simonetta Carr, 2008 A contemporary of Luther https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Here I Stand, Bainton The definitive biography of Luther https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Torchlighters DVD: Martin Luther 30 min animation, plus a documentary and worksheets to engage children. Also highly recommended. https://www.amazon.com/Torchlighters-... If you'd like to read the series in chronological order -- or make sure you have each excellent book! -- see the Christian Biographies for Young Readers Goodreads page, here... https://www.goodreads.com/series/8395...

  3. 4 out of 5

    RA Ratterman

    Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast. Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast. Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ruthe Turner

    It is very refreshing to enjoy a book that has been printed on quality paper and is full of very nice photos and drawings of real people and places of long ago. Even though I have read it through, I find myself going back and enjoying every picture in detail. Based on the life of Martin Luther, this pleasant book is also a wealth of history and legacy. While written for older children and youth, this adult reader learned much about the man Martin Luther and his leading role in the Reformation. T It is very refreshing to enjoy a book that has been printed on quality paper and is full of very nice photos and drawings of real people and places of long ago. Even though I have read it through, I find myself going back and enjoying every picture in detail. Based on the life of Martin Luther, this pleasant book is also a wealth of history and legacy. While written for older children and youth, this adult reader learned much about the man Martin Luther and his leading role in the Reformation. The book continues with an interesting section, “Did You Know?” It would make a great gift for a child in your life, especially as we celebrate the 500th year of the Reformation on October 31, 2017.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Roslyn

    What an informative, well done, beautiful book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam Calvert

    Terrific biography for children of the man who ignited the Protestant Reformation.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Allison

    A fantastic young reader’s series for older elementary kids. Our son’s name sake comes from Martin Luther. I’m glad for this picture/chapter book biography on Martin Luther. My son enjoyed reading it for a a report he had for the end of the school year that was on Martin Luther. Up next is John Calvin.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Russ

    Quite good, with a balance between photos, art, illustrations and text to keep the young one engaged.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    "Have you done enough to please God?" This was the question that terrified Martin Luther as he desperately sought peace with God and peace of mind. Simonetta Carr's most recent work, Martin Luther, displays God's grace in the life of Luther as his mind was opened to understand the truth of Scripture, answering the question, "How can a person be right in God's eyes?" As Mrs. Carr relays, this knowledge drastically changed the course of Luther's life and, subsequently, Christendom. Luther's life is "Have you done enough to please God?" This was the question that terrified Martin Luther as he desperately sought peace with God and peace of mind. Simonetta Carr's most recent work, Martin Luther, displays God's grace in the life of Luther as his mind was opened to understand the truth of Scripture, answering the question, "How can a person be right in God's eyes?" As Mrs. Carr relays, this knowledge drastically changed the course of Luther's life and, subsequently, Christendom. Luther's life is anything but boring, and Mrs. Carr tells his story well. Although he desired to bring about positive change within the Roman Catholic Church, many leaders remained steeped in tradition and were unwilling to change in spite of Luther's constant appeals to Scripture. Yet, "While many others attacked the abuses and corruption of the church and the pope, Luther went to the root of the problem, which is man's sinful heart, a problem that only God can solve" (pg. 54). Though Luther's writings merely sought to remedy ignorance of the Scriptures, the Church perceived him as a threat. Soldiers, swords, and kidnapping make for a particularly intriguing account. Ultimately, Luther's work ignited a split in Christendom that remains today. Luther's life is instructive for us, displaying the importance of diligently studying the Scriptures, as well as, the writings of earlier Christians and discussing these matters with other believers. From Luther, we learn the necessity of "ordinary" Christians standing firmly on the foundation of God's Word in the face of opposition, even if that opposition is from church authorities (pg. 25-26). Like the apostle Paul, Luther refused to compromise the truth of Scripture as he was brought before authorities. Though he risked imprisonment and death, he was no longer held captive by fear but had faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. When Martin Luther arrived in our mail, my ten-year-old exclaimed, "Oh! It's one of my favorite books! Can I read it?!?" Her enthusiasm was contagious, and the rest of the children were soon vying for a turn with the tenth and latest book in the "Christian Biographies for Young Readers" series demonstrating that it remains one of our family's favorite church history series for children. As I've written before, Ms. Carr is a very gifted author whom I cherish. Her writing uniquely has a purpose and depth which exceeds that found in much of written material for children today. I am overjoyed that she continues to add to this delightful series! As with previous volumes in the series, readers of Martin Luther will encounter a carefully researched account that is edifying. A map, timeline, and portion of Luther's Small Catechism are included. Additionally, there are abundant illustrations and vibrant photos, as one can see from the sample pages which Westminster Books has provided. What can't be conveyed in these samples is that these sixty-four thick pages are contained in a sturdy hardcover with a stitched binding, making this book a collectible title that will endure many years of enjoyment, as we've come to expect from this high quality series. Martin Luther is an engaging biography that is sure to encourage many as they rejoice in the Biblical truth that Luther discovered; " ' the righteousness of God' in this verse [Romans 1:17] is not a righteousness God demands, but a righteousness God gives in Jesus Christ" (pg. 24). I pray that the faith of all who read this book will be strengthened as they, like Luther, rest in the salvation that comes through Christ's perfect life and death in our place. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes...For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, 'The righteous shall live by faith.' " (Romans 1:16-17, ESV). Those who are interested can learn more about Simonetta Carr's "Christian Biographies for Young Readers" on her author website which includes interesting videos of the writing/illustrating process, activity and/or notebook pages for several existing titles (Augustine of Hippo, John Calvin, Athanasius), as well as, a study guide for John Owen. If this review has served you well, you may wish to check out my related reviews of: Marie Durand, Jonathan Edwards, John Knox, Lady Jane Grey, Athanasius, Anselm, Weight of a Flame, and When Lightning Struck!. *Many thanks to Cross Focused Reviews, Reformation Heritage Books, and Simonetta Carr for providing me with a complimentary copy of Martin Luther in exchange for my honest opinion!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is a nice overview of the life of Luther for children. It starts with Luther's birth and moves on through his life as a child in schooling and then on to his college days, where the thunderstorm happens that scares him into a monastic life where perhaps he could earn his way to Heaven. As a Monk we learn that Luther was very meticulous and very much into examining his own thoughts and motives for sin; his ritualistic confession of his sins grew so frequent (someti Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is a nice overview of the life of Luther for children. It starts with Luther's birth and moves on through his life as a child in schooling and then on to his college days, where the thunderstorm happens that scares him into a monastic life where perhaps he could earn his way to Heaven. As a Monk we learn that Luther was very meticulous and very much into examining his own thoughts and motives for sin; his ritualistic confession of his sins grew so frequent (sometimes happening just moments after he had confessed other sins) that it irritated his superiors who then "told him to confess only big sins." Luther ultimately is promoted to higher positions, moving on to the city of Wittenberg to be a professor of Bible studies. Ultimately he also ends up preaching in the city church as well as "supervising ten monasteries". Tetzel comes into Germany with his indulgences and as a consequence Luther writes his "ninety-five questions" (I like how Carr simplifies much of the language for children). He simply wanted to discuss them on a scholarly level, but they end up being translated into the common language of the people and causing a big stir in the nation and around Europe. And then of course the famous 'Diet of Worms" happens, Luther gets taken away to a Castle…etc. Ultimately Luther ends up marrying and having several children. We see how generous Luther and his wife are, they help many people during hard times. They also go through hard times themselves, losing some of their children in death, but they still trust God. The book comes to a close with Luther's death followed by a quick summary of his influence. There are pictures scattered around the book: old and new paintings and drawings of Luther in various events God ordained that he would go through. There are also pictures of some of his relatives and other historical people mentioned in this book. Also included throughout the book are photographs and old drawings of the various towns and buildings Luther frequented, as well as a few photographs of objects, such as a lute and a chest used to "collect money from the sale of indulgences". Carr writes in a way that I think children will easily understand and also manages to simplify explanations of erroneous beliefs of the day as well as important Biblical concepts. As Examples, Carr talks about people thinking that they could earn their salvation or the salvation of others, and that many believed that Christ and God were both angry judges of sinners to be appeased by 'saints' (described as "godly people who had died") . She also conveys Luther's struggle with what "the righteousness of God" (as discussed in the book of Romans) actually means and his final realization that in this verse (Rom 1:17), "this is not a righteousness God demands, but a righteousness God gives in Jesus Christ." At the end of the book there is a Did You Know? section and after that a selection of excerpts from Luther's small catechism. I found the "did you know" section especially interesting. I did not know (or at least I didn't remember) that Luther's last name at birth was actually Luder but he changed the spelling to Luther, "as a wordplay on the Greek eleutherius, which means "free man". I think that kids (and adults) will both enjoy that section as a potential discussion prompting conclusion to the book. All in all, I really liked this book. I really appreciated that she does not make Luther come across as a hero to be worshiped but rather as a man, saved by God's grace and not his own merit, who was used by God to bring people to a correct knowledge of the Gospel and to point them to the Word of God as the only authority. Many thanks to the folks at Cross Focused Reviews for sending me a free review copy of this book (My review did not have to be favorable)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is the latest installment in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series published by Reformation Heritage Books. In this book, Carr masterfully writes from an educated and insightful position. At the same time, her writing style is both easy to understand and engaging. The book is intended for children ages 9-12 but both younger ad older children will appreciate the book. In Martin Luther, Carr guides the reader through the important events in Luther’s life Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is the latest installment in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series published by Reformation Heritage Books. In this book, Carr masterfully writes from an educated and insightful position. At the same time, her writing style is both easy to understand and engaging. The book is intended for children ages 9-12 but both younger ad older children will appreciate the book. In Martin Luther, Carr guides the reader through the important events in Luther’s life from his birth until his death in 1546. The book contains three helpful appendices: Did You Know, a Time Line, and a portion of Luther’s Small Catechism. The Did You Know? Appendix s probably my favorite. It is few pages of relevant facts from Luther’s life and fascinating cultural tidbits which help the reader better understand the times in which Luther lived. The artwork in this book is absolutely splendid. Your children might recognize the art if they are a fan of Brian Jacques Redwall series. The illustrator, Trow Howell is the same illustrator that Jacques used to illustrate his cover art. Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is the perfect combination of biography, history, heritage, and good art. This is a book that I would definitely recommend for children. It would compliment a homeschooling history curriculum quite nicely or work as a nice gift for children who appreciate a well written and well illustrated book. I would also recommend this book as a nice addition to any church library that wants to add a section helping children to better understand the Protestant heritage. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Reformation Heritage Books in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Thompson

    Ever since Tony and Tommy came into my life, I am constantly on the hunt for good children’s books. Not only do I want to instill a love for reading into their lives, but my greatest desire is to create opportunities to enrich their faith. Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is just the book to open that door. As a teacher, I’ve come across quite a bit of children’s biographical material. Much of it is ok and basic. They give you the basic story and throw in a few helpful lessons along the way. But m Ever since Tony and Tommy came into my life, I am constantly on the hunt for good children’s books. Not only do I want to instill a love for reading into their lives, but my greatest desire is to create opportunities to enrich their faith. Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is just the book to open that door. As a teacher, I’ve come across quite a bit of children’s biographical material. Much of it is ok and basic. They give you the basic story and throw in a few helpful lessons along the way. But my concern has been that they are moralistic tales that leave one with a heroic appreciation of the achievements of that individual and that’s about it. I’m glad to say this is not the approach of Simonetta Carr. Martin Luther is more like a theology book told from a biographical perspective. As I read this with my oldest son, there were ample opportunities in every chapter to stop and talk about spiritual truth. The gospel is a clear emphasis all throughout these 63 pages. I loved exploring this with Tony, that is once he got past the fact we were talking about Protestant Reformer Martin Luther and not civil rights champion Martin Luther King… While the theology is rich and deep, Carr is does not sacrifice historical accuracy. The story of Martin Luther is one that captivates me and one I’ve studied quite a bit. Yet, even I learned a few new things from this children’s book. I also found her story-telling ability to be fantastic. She tells a gripping tale that has you wanting to know more and keep on reading. My son never wanted to put the book down. I’ve already begun looking into other titles in this series. The only real complaint I would have is that Carr is a little too historically accurate. When writing of Luther at Worms, she leaves out his famous words, “Here I stand.” While I recognize that historians tell us he probably did not say these words, I still like to imagine it. Oh well… This is a great book for both children and parents alike. It’s accurate, reliable and interesting. This is a great tool not only to introduce your child to Church History but also provides teachable moments to have meaningful conversations about the gospel and theology. I only read it with my oldest son (9) as I thought it a little advanced for my five year-old. This would be great to read next Reformation Day in October, but might also make a spectacular Christmas gift next week! Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Viola

    We are told our stories matter. Yet so often, it is the current day stories we share, forgetting to delve back into our history. Our church history is particularly important to share for it is the way by which our our children learn about heroes of the faith and hold onto biblical truths. Simonetta Carr writes about such heroes in a way that is sure to draw in, and keep, the attention of children. In her book, Martin Luther – Christian Biographies for Young Readers, Simonetta Carr tells the story We are told our stories matter. Yet so often, it is the current day stories we share, forgetting to delve back into our history. Our church history is particularly important to share for it is the way by which our our children learn about heroes of the faith and hold onto biblical truths. Simonetta Carr writes about such heroes in a way that is sure to draw in, and keep, the attention of children. In her book, Martin Luther – Christian Biographies for Young Readers, Simonetta Carr tells the story of a monk who asked questions which changed the course of Western churches and history. Martin Luther is known as the father of the Protestant Reformation. It was his own personal journey for peace with God and God’s truth which she writes about for children ages 7-12 to learn and understand. The book begins with his life as a young law student, continuing on through his questions which led to the Reformation, to the raising of his own family, until his death. The text is written in a well-formatted fashion making it easy to read. Carr’s writing style causes this to unfold like a storybook, yet the facts make this a wonderful textbook or addition to a library for its historical background. The book is beautifully illustrated, further enhancing the ability of the reader to grasp both the story, the importance, and the impact of Martin Luther’s life and work. Once again, the author includes a “Did you know?’ section in which she brings lesser known facts about Martin Luther. This section brought Luther to life in personal way as we get glimpses of Luther from various perspectives. This is a hard covered book with pages beautifully printed making this a wonderful book to gift to any child or school library. *** I received this book via Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Simonetta Carr’s series of biographies is a hard set to define. The books are aimed at children, but they are informative and utterly unique. I guess what I am trying to say is that I do not feel embarrassed that I consistently find a way to shelve these with my books rather than my kids—selfish, yes; embarrassed, no. Carr’s biography of Martin Luther is destined to endure this same sort of shelf migration the which others have grown accustomed. It comes just in time for the 500th celebration Simonetta Carr’s series of biographies is a hard set to define. The books are aimed at children, but they are informative and utterly unique. I guess what I am trying to say is that I do not feel embarrassed that I consistently find a way to shelve these with my books rather than my kids—selfish, yes; embarrassed, no. Carr’s biography of Martin Luther is destined to endure this same sort of shelf migration the which others have grown accustomed. It comes just in time for the 500th celebration of the Reformation next year when many around the world will be thanking God anew for that special grace he exhibited in Wittenberg in October of 1517. Carr’s work will serve as an invaluable aid because of how engaging, encouraging, and spiritually and mentally edifying it is. The biographical details are clearly presented, and most readers will not have any problem with the text. Younger readers might need a parent to read through it with them the first time, and I would encourage you to be the one to volunteer to read it with them. Beyond the text, the book as a whole is expectedly gorgeous. If this is your first entrance into the series, you will be amazed. If you have enjoyed Carr’s bios before, do not expect to be the least bit disappointed. The maps are helpful; the illustrations are gorgeous. The photos of places and relics make you feel like you are visiting a museum. My favorite pictures are the one of Luther’s room at the Wartburg castle and the drawbridge he crossed upon leaving his place of hiding. The book concludes with a “Did You Know” section, a timeline, and some excerpts from his catechism. I would have taken a page at the end and included the text of “A Mighty Fortress,” but that simply may be just my immense affection for the song shining through. Martin Luther another great volume from the “Christian Biographies for Young Readers” series. Grab this one, or any of them, and you will be greatly pleased. Review copy provided.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Jackson

    Martin Luther, Simonetta Carr's latest addition to the Christian Biographies for Young Readers, tells the story of Luther's life and the beginning of the Reformation in a brief and attractive format. Don't be deceived by the series title, though. While the book is written to engage young readers, I found myself drawn into Luther's story -- even through much of it was familiar to me! I also appreciated learning more about his post-95-theses work, when he focused on providing biblical education. Wh Martin Luther, Simonetta Carr's latest addition to the Christian Biographies for Young Readers, tells the story of Luther's life and the beginning of the Reformation in a brief and attractive format. Don't be deceived by the series title, though. While the book is written to engage young readers, I found myself drawn into Luther's story -- even through much of it was familiar to me! I also appreciated learning more about his post-95-theses work, when he focused on providing biblical education. While Carr's writing style drops you right into Luther's life, Troy Howell's beautiful illustrations help set the mood and tone of the time period. Original paintings and engravings of the people and region complement the storytelling, as well. While not all of Luther's writings are exemplary (and Carr makes this clear when appropriate), his courage and conviction in learning and upholding the truth during a time of persecution can be a great encouragement to us, even in our own increasingly-difficult times. As we look toward celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, this book provides a great launching point. I recommend this book as a great addition to the reading libraries of families, churches, and schools alike.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex Houston

    Read my review here: http://reformed-at-last.blogspot.com/... Read my review here: http://reformed-at-last.blogspot.com/...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Luann

  19. 4 out of 5

    Micah Minter

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Redding

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zack

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Cates

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angie Head

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jack Hamblett

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ben Franks

  27. 5 out of 5

    Clay Burgess

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Megan Triplett

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