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In light of  Reformation Day coming on Sunday, October 31, 2010, I want to make a few posts this week to encourage both thanksgiving for the Lord’s sovereign work in the Reformation, and increasing in our understanding of the Reformation. This first post is to point out a resource that is a very accessible introduction to the Refromation: The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World (Crossway).

Mention history and some might struggle to stifle a yawn. But when presented as a narrative it can often be compelling reading. Stephen J. Nichols takes a key period in time, the Reformation, and presents its major players in a fresh way. From Martin Luther, a simple monk who wielded the mallet, to kings and queens, this book goes behind the scenes to uncover the human side of these larger-than-life Reformers. Along the way readers meet Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, Anne Bradstreet, and many others.

For those wanting to see history in its context, Nichols also provides a sampling of primary source materials. It is an engaging read that will remind readers of the foundational truths that can never be taken for granted by the church in any age. Includes numerous illustrations. (Summary from Ligonier Ministries.)