An accessible, easy-to-read biography which introduces the reader to complex theology, history, and sociology ... This is a biography for those who wish to dip their toes in Christian history without wading in too deep, and thus is a book for priests and people alike.
Stanford is the author of Martin Luther - Catholic Dissident, which among many other things seeks to humanise a man who did more than most to shape the modern world.
Of all the books published this year to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this is probably the most important and one and the best for a mass market. He has endeavoured to create a painstakingly researched profile of Luther himself, offering important background on the world he lived in and the theological and political context of the time in which he lived. The result is a popular and lively biography.
Peter Stanford's timely biography gives a vivid portrait of a deep flawed man.