Sunday, April 3, 2011

Book Review: Matar a Lutero (To Kill Luther) by Mario Escobar

Editor’s note: This review originally appeared in on my Spanish resources site, sano e intachable. The following is a reposting, translated to English:

Matar a Lutero (To Kill Luther) is a work of fiction about the time Martin Luther spent in Wartburg Castle after his famous defense in the Diet of Worms. Historically the book deals with one of the most difficult (and boring) times of Luther’s life. Since it is a work of fiction, it is more exciting than the actual events, and that makes it difficult to know what is truth and what is fiction.

On the good side, the book is very interesting and I hope that it can introduce many people to the characters and ideas that started the Protestant Reformation. It shows us the political and religious environment of the time and the author knows how to present the beliefs of the reformers (the 5 solas, baptism, etc.) without distracting the reader from the story. (See chapters 47 & 53.)

The drawback is that, since it is a work of fiction, the reader is not sure how to distinguish between truth and fiction. Certainly Luther did not experience as many attempts on his life as occur in the book. And he’d never say "There is no doctrine that is worth a drop of blood" (p. 62). And the book has some historical errors, but they seem to be typos.

I think the average reader may be dissatisfied with the end of the book, but that will leave you wanting to know more about our ancestors in the faith.

To buy this book on Amazon, click here.
To read a sample of the book, click here.

More resources about Martin Luther:

·         The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
·         Luther (movie)

I received this book free from Grupo Nelson as part of their book review program, Booksneeze. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine.

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