The real Martin Luther. Holy Misfits book 1. written by Josh hamon, illustrated by Brynn James
This is a very dynamic biography of the great, history-changing Martin Luther. Josh Hamon chose an unconventional approach, blending well researched historical facts with humor and unadulterated honesty, all of which are enhanced by Brynn James's clever black-and-white illustrations.
Despite some small drawbacks, like the fact that I did not quite understand the reference of Luther as a "cucumber" and occasional confusing footnotes and abbreviations, the book is an invaluable tool as an introduction to Martin Luther, his character, his personal life, and his impact on history. Having been a homeschooling mother, I would highly recommend it as a reading for home and Christian schooling.
The fairness with which the book is written is refreshing: although Luther was admirable, he was not flawless. He could be unjust, intolerant, cantankerous, resentful, and even foul-mouthed.
Hamon provides a clear sense of the broader historical context, underscoring for instance, the impact of the printing press.
I found two chapters particularly interesting. First, the one concerning Luther's love of music, which contrasted him with other Reformers. Luther embraced secular as well as religious melodies and brought songs to the whole congregation, Hamon tell us, because he saw music as a medium for emotions and thoughts, a gift from God.
The second chapter that I thought particularly enlightening concerns the importance of Katherine von Bora, Luther's wife, and clearly shows how as a couple, they were truly partners both at home and within their church work.
An entertaining and informative read.