For nearly thirty years, James M. Kittelson’s Luther the Reformer
has been the standard biography of Martin Luther. Like Roland Bainton’s
biography of the generation before, Kittelson’s volume is the one known
by thousands of students, pastors, and interested readers as the
biography that gave them the details of this dramatic man and his
The accolades were well deserved. Fair, insightful, and detailed without
being overwhelming, Kittelson was able to negotiate a “middle way”
between the many directions of historical research and present a more
complete chonronological picture of Luther than many had yet portrayed.
For this revised edition, Hans H. Wiersma has made an outstanding text
even better. The research is updated and the text is modestly revised
throughout, with an emphasis on retaining the tone and pace of the
original. Additionally, the volume has an entirely new map and image
program, updated bibliographies, improved timelines, and other features
to enhance the reading experience.
It’s a great volume, greatly improved.