Look for more insights about Luther’s understanding of God and how God relates to us through our Adult Learning classes and events, as well as Luther-related resources in our library at both campuses.
EASY, accessible books--a good place to begin
Atlas of the European Reformations by Tim Dowley
This new, definitive atlas provides a remarkably clear view of the broader Reformation scene. Features color images, time lines, and commentary to go with 60 beautiful and informative maps.
Day by Day We Magnify You: Daily Readings for the Entire Year, Revised Edition by Martin Luther; compiled and edited by Marshall D. Johnson
Readings from Luther’s sermons and other works are arranged according to the church year and organized under a central theme for each week. Consider the option of reading for a full year starting with Reformation Day 2016 and ending on October 31, 2017. Each daily meditation includes a prayer, bible verse, or question to ponder.
Luther’s Small Catechism Anniversary Study Edition by Martin Luther; edited by Timothy J. Wengert
A translation of Luther's explanations along with other catechetical study helps, such as prayers, worship rites, and Luther's introduction. The Anniversary Study Edition features a new cover design,
new illustrations by Roman Catholic artist Gertrud Mueller Nelson, and a letter from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.
Papa Luther: A Graphic Novel by graphic novelist Daniel D. Maurer with illustrations by Caitlin Like
This full-color graphic novel—or comic book—for children ages 8 to 13, is also suitable for older youth (and more than a few adults, too!). Papa Luther tells the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation as seen through the eyes of his children.
When Lightning Struck: The Story of Martin Luther by Danika Cooley
Written specifically with teen readers and adults new to Luther in mind. In the style of a fast-paced, action-packed novel.
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton
Here is an authoritative, unforgettable biography of Martin Luther, the great religious leader, who entered a monastery as a youth and who, as a man, shattered the structure of the medieval church. ''Easily the most readable Luther biography in English,” according to Time magazine.
MODERATE, still accessible--may be longer and include some footnotes or annotations
Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
This study celebrates fifty years of international and regional Lutheran-Catholic dialogues and harvests the results of those efforts into Statements of Agreement on church, ministry, and eucharist. Though this is a declaration “on the way,” the study offers some possible ways forward and encourages Catholics and Lutherans to continue their journey together toward unity.
The Freedom of a Christian, 1520: The Annotated Luther Study Edition by Martin Luther with introduction and annotations by Timothy J. Wengert
Perhaps the most widely read of Luther’s writings and a great introduction to his theology.
Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career by James M. Kittelson
This best-selling biography provides a great resource for delving into the depths of the Reformer without drowning in a sea of scholarly concerns.
Martin Luther and the Called Life by Mark D. Tranvik
One of the hallmarks of Luther’s theology was his concern for daily Christian life. From this concern emerged Luther’s own powerful sense of vocation. The book encourages readers to explore what this sense of vocation and calling might mean for their lives.
Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses: With Introduction, Commentary, and Study Guide by Timothy J. Wengert
One of the best-known interpreters of Luther today helps set this important document in its historical context alongside Luther’s popular Sermon on Indulgences and Grace and his Letter to Archbishop Albrecht.
One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ by Julie K. Aageson, John Borelli, John Klassen, Derek R. Nelson, Martha Stortz, and Jessica Wrobleski
A rich ecumenical resource designed to help Catholic and Lutheran communities mark the approaching 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The essays here are the product of an intense collaborative process by six gifted scholars and pastoral leaders, three Lutheran and three Catholic.
Resilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther by Timothy F. Lull and Derek R. Nelson
In this new biography, Luther is an energetic, resilient actor, driven by very human strengths and failings. Luther is portrayed more as a loud tenor in the Reformation chorale than as a solo voice of dissent against the church and empire.
Together by Grace: Introducing the Lutherans edited by Kathryn A. Kleinhans
Serves as a rich resource book for getting to know who Lutherans are, what they teach, where they come from, and where they are today. Includes sections on Lutheran basics, Lutheran history and practice, and a wide range of stories from the global Lutheran family. More than thirty contributors—teachers, pastors, bishops, activists, and global Lutherans—have written for this resource.
The Wit of Martin Luther by Eric W. Gritsch
Ties Luther’s wit and humor to his sharp, polemical exploitation of the absurd or incongruous in service to his Reform. At a deeper level, Luther’s wit and witticisms reflected his keen appreciation of human frailty and the unknowability of things divine.
CHALLENGING, Luther’s treatises with introductions and annotations
The Annotated Luther, Volume 1: The Roots of Reform by Timothy J. Wengert
Volume 1 of The Annotated Luther series contains writings that defined the roots of reform set in motion by Martin Luther, beginning with the Ninety-Five Theses (1517) through The Freedom of a Christian (1520).
Treatise on Good Works, 1520: The Annotated Luther Study Edition by Martin Luther with introduction and annotations by Timothy J. Wengert
Luther’s transformational idea of justification by faith alone was misrepresented in the early years of the Reformation. In this treatise, Luther sets out to clarify the biblical foundation of good works