The Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century regained, retold, and relied on the gospel of grace—and we can learn from their tragedies and triumphs, their dark deeds and noble heroics. The stories of Ulrich Zwingli, William Tyndale, Martin Luther, John Calvin and Thomas Cranmer remind us of the glorious truths which warmed the hearts and fired the souls of passionate and imperfect people, and how they tried to share the good news of Jesus Christ in their generation. Will it strengthen and inspire passionate and imperfect Christians today to emulate their clarity, their courage, and their compassion for the lost?
This is a fabulous recounting of the lives of five key figures of the European Reformation. It is a recounting that also reveals that if these lives had not been lived, western history and the story of the Church would be completely different. This is usable history at its best
—Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
With realism, clarity, and his characteristic twinkle, Lee Gatiss shows just how profoundly and practically relevant the stories and issues of the Reformation remain today. Our churches will be more healthy and fruitful if they can learn these lessons.
—Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology
Have we lost our Reformation heritage? What is it that the church needs to regain today from the Protestant reformers? What are we relying on for evangelism and Christian growth? What is worth retrieving from our history by rehearsing and retelling afresh in our own worship and discipleship? By answering these crucial questions, Lee Gatiss brings gospel light to dark areas of the contemporary church. Like the Reformers, the church today needs to regain, retell, and rely on the gospel of grace
—Aimee Byrd, Author of No Little Women and Why Can’t We Be Friends?
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Lee Gatiss is the Director of Church Society, Editor of the NIV Proclamation Bible, and a Lecturer in Church History at Union School of Theology. He lives in Cambridge, UK.