The story of Martin Luther and his role in sparking the Protestant Reformation is given an interactive retelling in this beautiful and sturdy pop-up book. From Luther’s decision to become a monk to his 95 theses, history jumps off the page through the vibrant, colorful illustrations of renowned artist and paper engineer Agostino Traini. Full of surprising details, this book will have kids coming back again and again to learn about this fascinating chapter in the history of the Christian faith. Published in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, The Life of Martin Luthe
r is also an excellent gift for anyone with an interest in the history of the Christian church.
Editor's note: Scholars disagree on some aspects of Martin Luther's biography. In this book for children, we've chosen to tell the popular version of Luther's life story, while also drawing on the expertise of historians.
"Can the Reformation and its impact be translated into a children’s book? Yes, and here it is. Biographical details are minimized in order to highlight Luther’s discovery of and witness to the Gospel. The illustrations are colorful and rich in detail. The pop-up scenes convey the energy and drama of the story of Luther and the Reformation. A delightful faith formation resource for parents, grandparents, godparents and others to share with the young children in their lives."
—Kathryn A. Kleinhans, Ph.D., Professor of Religion, Wartburg College
“Lively, colorful depictions of key scenes in Luther’s life accompany a simple telling of high points in his dramatic story to give children a sprightly introduction to the reformer’s life and basic ideas. An ideal way of helping the young get acquainted with Luther.”
—Robert Kolb, Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis
“The Life of Martin Luther will be a cherished addition to the library of both children and adults. The story is simply told but stunningly illustrated. Agostino Traini’s drawings are whimsical and delightful. The pop-ups ensure this will be a sought-after collectible for all lovers of Luther.”
—Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop - ELCIC
“This delightful summary of Luther’s reforming spirit is not just for children! It’s well worth reading at any age! The Life of Martin Luther
opens the doors to the surprising insights of the young monk and it will encourage all of us to pursue an on-going reformation, for the church and for the world. The next 500 years will be even better than the first 500!”
—Dirk Lange, Associate Professor of Worship, Luther Seminary
“What a charming book! With whimsy and insight--and some delightful pop-ups--this little book gives young folks a lovely introduction to the story of Martin Luther. Populated with a colorful cast of human and animal friends, Luther's story really comes to life in simple, humorous pictures. Adults: look for Desmond Tutu and Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the cloud of witnesses at the end!”
—Bishop Guy Erwin, ELCA
"A useful choice for Sunday school and one-on-one reading at home" - School Library Journal
"Traini's cheerful cartooning keeps the mood upbeat, even when Luther's beliefs caused him trouble." - Publishers Weekly