Martin Luther was one of the most God-fearing saints to have ever lived. His conversion account is humbling, his life’s accomplishments, most notably beginning the Reformation was world changing, and his written works are necessary reading. Yet Luther’s works are not always translated in the most easy to read Modern English, which can make understanding Luther’s deep theological insights hard to Grapple with. This is why any work which seeks to enable a Christian to Grapple with Luther’s works is a noteworthy and necessary book to add to your collection.
A newer book which seeks to do just that is, Reading Romans with Luther, by RJ Grunewald published by Concordia publishing. This book takes Luther’s landmark commentary on the epistle to the Romans and abridges it in such a way that Grunewald is able to insert a helpful commentary on Luther’s commentary as well as insertions on scripture when applicable. This is a phenomenal resource and begs multiple readings. I hope that the format for this book is used for other great Saints of the faith as well.
With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation occurring this year many people will be flocking to the works of the most well-known reformer, looking for the original sources of his works, but if you want not only to access the deep riches of wisdom Luther has to offer as well as being able to actually understand him then this book is one that becomes fundamental reading. Furthermore this book is organized topically rather than reading Romans chapter 1 through chapter 16. Which makes it an easier format for personal study on the book of of Romans rather than a scholarly study of it. In the end this book helps one not only understand Luther and his thoughts on the book of Romans but help you understand Paul’s letter to the Romans in a modern age which ceases to proclaim Christ as Lord and Savior.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Concordia Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Reading Romans with Luther
© 2017 by RJ Grunewald
Page Count: 136 Pages