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Martin Luther Book Cover Martin Luther
Christian Biographies for Young Readers
Simonetta Carr
Biography
Reformation Heritage Books
October 25, 2016
Hardcover
32

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.”

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Simonetta Carr’s new book Martin Luther from the amazing Christian Biographies for Young Readers series.

“Simonetta’s books are so well crafted that it’s delightful to simply hold them and explore the texture and artistry within and without. Still, it is what Simonetta has captured amongst her precise and enlightening writing that is fascinating for all ages.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 5 Stars

“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.”
Reviewer: Sarah Lambert
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simonetta Carr’s Christian Biographies for Young Readers: Martin Luther is an excellent resource for teaching children about a key contributor of the Protestant Reformation and is a great conversation starter on what is truly means to be a Christian, justified by faith in Christ alone.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“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…. This is a hard covered book with pages beautifully printed making this a wonderful book to gift to any child or school library.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 5 Stars

“Whether you know absolutely nothing about Luther and this is your first introduction, or whether this is the tenth book you’ve read on the man and it simply serves as a reminder in a beautifully illustrated way for you to teach your children or others about him… I would encourage you to get yourself a copy of this book, as well as the other 10 volumes in the series. You won’t be disappointed.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“For a 64-page children’s biography, the detail is excellent and, more importantly, accurate… In all, I highly recommend not only Martin Luther but the entire series.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard
Rating: 5 Stars

“I enjoy this book’s approach to exploring both well- and lesser-known information about Luther and his story. I’m delighted to add Martin Luther to our collection of Christian Biographies for Young Readers.”
Reviewer: Ann Hibbard
Rating: 4 Stars

“I’ve reviewed some of the biographies in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, and this is another great addition. These books make important figures in church history very accessible to young readers. I also appreciate the author’s honesty about their failings, such as Luther’s anti-semitic writings, briefly mentioned in “Did You Know?”. We should honor the saints of old but recognize that they were fallible human beings in need of a Savior, too… I highly recommend Martin Luther and the whole series.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

“These biographies are wonderfully done. I have had the opportunity to review two prior to this one and as usual, they do not disappoint! They are filled with just enough information to promote a good biographical sketch for the young reader.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 5 Stars

“Long after my grandchildren are grown, I’ll still be reading this series of Christian Biographies For Young Readers… a good addition to any homeschooler’s library.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

“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… Grab this one, or any of them, and you will be greatly pleased.
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 Stars

“Whether you are looking for a gift for a child, seeking a volume for homeschool history, or simply building your library, this volume is worth purchasing. It is historically accurate, delightfully illustrated, with an appropriately critical tone. It represents both a celebration of the recovery of the gospel with a recognition of the pervasiveness of human sin, even among our heroes. Reformation Heritage Books should be applauded for continuing the series and publishing excellent children’s volumes like this one.”
Reviewer: Andrew Spencer
Rating: 5 Stars

“I wish I had read more biographies when I was a kid. Actually, I wish I had read more, period. As a Christian parent, I want my kids to learn about my faith, and I pray that one day they will embrace it as their own. By sharing these biographies with them, they learn not only from my example, but from the examples of believers throughout history.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“In short with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation quickly approaching, there is no better book out there to introduce children to Martin Luther, a crucial figure not just in the history of the church, but in world history as well.”
Reviewer: Steve Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

“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.”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson
Rating: 5 Stars

” I implore you, dear readers, buy this and all books in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series. Give your children the gift of a life well lived.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 5 Stars

“Children deserve to be exposed to the idea that people can be admirable in some respects but not in others.) Young female readers will appreciate Carr’s explanations of how much Luther came to love and depend on his wife Katie, and what a strong woman she was in her own right. My daughter and I give Carr’s Martin Luther five stars!”
Reviewer: Emily Varner
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book (on Martin Luther) is another in Simonetta Carr’s carefully researched, well vetted / written / produced series “Christian Biographies for Young Readers”. It displays the same meticulous research, helpful photos and drawings, and excellent production values found in the other volumes of this series.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“Soul work begins with the faith that Martin Luther came to know, as revealed in Scripture alone, and this book does a masterful job of introducing him.”
Reviewer: Joshua Waulk
Rating: 5 Stars

“Carr humanizes Martin Luther… His life was a large and dramatic one. It is easy to forget that in the midst of that he was a father, husband, and teacher. Simonetta Carr brings that Luther to life.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan
Rating: 5 Stars

“One of the things that most surprised and delighted me about the book was how many facts and tid-bits were new to me… She managed to write a book that is both accessible to new readers and engaging for those who are already familiar with her subject. I give this book high marks on all counts and now I’m itching to get my hands on the rest of the series!”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“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… This would be great to read next Reformation Day in October, but might also make a spectacular Christmas gift next week!”
Reviewer: Kevin Thompson
Rating: 5 Stars

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.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

Martin Luther is an engaging biography that is sure to encourage many as they rejoice in the Biblical truth that Luther discovered… 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.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 5 Stars

“I hope that this work goes forward and makes an impact in the lives of the young people who read it… I gladly give this work 5 out of 5 stars. If you know nothing about Martin Luther and would like the “Cliff Notes” version check this work out.”
Reviewer: Paul Horne
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simonetta has done a great job bringing Luther to life and I was so appreciative that the great Reformation narrative at the center of Luther’s life wasn’t lost here. To see this tormented monk transformed by the good news of the Gospel and to see him stand firm to reform the Church was exciting to read, and exciting to share with my children. As we read this book, my children could clearly see the need for reformation, and could clearly appreciate that it was God who brought “darkness out of light.””
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 5 Stars

“What a gift Carr has given parents in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers. This series is invaluable for parents who wish to teach their children about these great men and women of God who have shaped the spread of the gospel across the years.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Mcllwain
Rating: 5 Stars

“…a valuable tool for use in introducing children to a deeper knowledge of Christian heritage”
Reviewer: Becky Miller
Rating: 5 Stars

“I am always on the look out for well written biographies for my children and this volume on Martin Luther, and the entire series, is one that I have come to trust and love. Whole families will benefit from reading the biography on Luther together. I highly recommend this book along with the entire series.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this book to be very enjoyable and worthwhile because of what I learned about Luther that I did not already know. The benefits of these young reader editions is that the author & editor leave no page unturned in the biographies of these spiritual giants.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“Luther’s story is a compelling one, and Simonetta Carr has done an admirable job of presenting it to older children. The illustrations are very strong in this book…”
Reviewer: James Korsmo
Rating: 4 Stars

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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 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.”

The Christian Biographies for Young Readers introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone’s life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.

Praise for Martin Luther:

“Carr leads readers into the world in which Martin Luther grew up and then served the church and his society with sensitivity to the times and places where his life unfolded. The adventure of bringing the gospel to his people and the drama of his testimony to the truth come alive as we follow his footsteps into the heart of the German government, when he stood up to an emperor, and into his home and the joys he had in raising his family. An excellent introduction to the life of the great Reformer.”
—Robert Kolb, professor of systematic theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

“I am a big fan of both Martin Luther and Simonetta Carr, so this book is a dream come true, an author-subject marriage made in heaven. Simonetta beautifully captures both the life and the key thoughts of Dr. Martin and does so in a manner which is fast-paced and exciting. Parents will love reading this book to their children, and children will love reading it for themselves.”
—Carl Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC), Ambler, Pennsylvania

Simonetta CarrAbout the Author:  SIMONETTA CARR was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband Thomas and family. She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN:  9781601784544
  • Page Count:  64 Pages

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  • Tour Dates:  December 5-18, 2016
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Thank you for your interest in reviewing Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Wittenberg vs Geneva: A Biblical Bout in Seven Rounds on the Doctrines that Divide Book Cover Wittenberg vs Geneva: A Biblical Bout in Seven Rounds on the Doctrines that Divide
Brian W. Thomas
New Reformation Publications
February 8, 2016
192

What are the differences between Lutherans and Calvinists, and do they really matter? In Wittenberg vs. Geneva, Brian Thomas provides a biblical defense of the key doctrines that have divided the Lutheran and Reformed traditions for nearly five centuries.

It is especially written to help those who may have an interest in the Lutheran church, but are concerned that her stance on doctrines like predestination or the sacraments may not have biblical support. To get to the heart of the matter, Pastor Thomas focuses solely upon those crucial scriptural texts that have led Lutheran and Reformed scholars down different paths to disparate conclusions as he spars with popular Calvinist theologians from the past    and the present.

Over the next couple of weeks, the Cross Focused Reviewers will be sharing their thoughts on Wittenberg vs Geneva: A Biblical Bout in Seven Rounds on the Doctrines that Divide by Brian W. Thomas (New Reformation Publications, 2016). Reviews will be added below as they become available.

Listen to an interview with Brian W. Thomas:

“I almost bailed on this book. I am glad I did not. I would encourage you to read it and read it to the end. You’ll be blessed and encouraged for doing so.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 4 Stars

“I haven’t read a book on Lutheran theology that was articulated so clearly and made the doctrines so easy to understand. Even more than that, Thomas did an outstanding job demonstrating the Lutheran commitment to scripture in defining their doctrine.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to come to a solid biblical theology but is confused by the differences between Lutheranism and Calvinism.”
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 3 Stars

“I very much appreciated the irenic tone. Thomas gently explored the differences between the two doctrinal camps. The issues discussed were the extent of the atonement, double predestination, the salvific nature of baptism, the presence of the Lord in the Supper, and perseverance of the saints.”
Reviewer: Mark Lugg
Rating: 5 Stars

“I was eager to read Brian W. Thomas’ Wittenberg vs. Geneva because it identifies and tackles the differences between Lutheranism and Calvinism. Thomas writes from a Lutheran perspective, so he defends Lutheran positions while critiquing Calvinist positions.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 3 Stars

“For individuals looking to find the differences between these two faiths it is a very thorough book to make a good solid decision on. The author did an excellent job with the facts and arguments. The book is a quick read and I was able to get it read in just a few hours.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall, this book presents good arguments, uses verses from the Bible to back up the arguments, and gives things to think about in new ways.”
Reviewer: Eva Scott
Rating: 4 Stars

“So are you firm in your reformed faith? Do you know how and why you should defend your reformed faith? If so, then maybe it’ll be a good time to give this book a read. You’ll begin to see how your understanding of the reformed faith can be challenged and hopefully that will spur you to be more careful to dig deeply in the word of God to examine if what you believe truly comes and is according to the word of God.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“For me, the greatest asset to this book is coming to have a better understanding of my Lutheran brothers and sisters in the faith. So, if you are not a Lutheran, read this book, and if you are a Lutheran, read this book and share it with someone who is not. I am better able to understand the Lutheran view thanks to this book.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“I was pleased with the book and feel that it accomplished most of its intended purpose. Thank you Brian Thomas and NRP Books for this informative resource.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 4 Stars

“…this is an encouraging book – if only because it tries to bring the two great wings of the Reformation back into conversation with each other. On many substantial issues of doctrine and life both Lutherans and the Reformed stand together in contrast to both Rome and much of the broader evangelical world. Perhaps this work can help believers from both traditions to work harder to understand what the other believes.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 3 Stars

“If you are looking for a rollocking good rout of the reformed folk by a Lutheran heavyweight who doesn’t pull his punches, this may be the book for you.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 3 Stars

“A healthy, respectful discourse is great, and Thomas gracefully engages his audience. Despite some theological differences, I would rate this book 5/5 and recommend it to any Bible students interested in this subject.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars