On 31 October 1517 a lone monk pushed his way through the crowds milling around the streets of Wittenberg, a small university town in eastern Germany, and made his way towards the church. Arriving at the church door, he nailed to it a list of ninety-five propositions, or theses, in a formal gesture inviting the townspeople to a public debate. At the time very few people took much notice of his actions, but within a few weeks people throughout Europe were discussing the contents of those theses and a chain of events had been set in motion which would have profound effects for the whole of Western Europe, and beyond, for centuries to come. That monk was Martin Luther.
Jim Cromarty is a retired minister, Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia (PCEA).
"Jim Cromarty's rendition of Luther sings sweetly. Though clearly aware of critical scholarship, Cromarty has written a narrative to entice a delight. The story is ever fresh, written in a lively, engaging and, at times, enchanting style. Luther never fails to fascinate, encourage and bring prayers of thanks for God's deliverance from the soul tyranny of medieval Rome. Cromarty's story unleashes Luther in all his strength and sweetness and keeps the reader absorbed in the drama with its tensions and celebrations." - Tom Nettles
"Fresh and fast-moving, Jim Cromarty's account of the life and influence of the great Reformer brings Martin Luther out from the pages of the history books, portraying his warm, vibrant personality and unwavering faith. Packed with detail, A Mighty fortress is our God lays an excellent foundation for further study of the Reformation period and Luther's own testimony, which remains as relevant now as it ever was. Not only is this book valuable as an introduction to Martin Luther's life, but it also serves as a reminder of those cardinal doctrines of the faith which can alone transform the lives of men and women today." - Faith Cook