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Berndt Hamm, The Early Luther, 2014. Amazon.com $23.73. Much of Luther scholarship has been so enthralled by certain later debates that it has practically ignored and even distorted the context in and against which Luther's thought developed. In this book, Hamm, armed with expertise in both the late medieval intellectual life and in Luther, presents new perspectives that leave old debates behind. Scott Hendrix, Recruiting the Vineyard, 2004. Amazon.com $18.97. Hendrix argues that 16th century reformers all had the same goal in Christianizing Christendom, that is, to replant authentic Christianity in the vineyard of the Lord. He believes it is more acute and useful to speak of one Reformation and to locate its diversity in the various theological and practical agendas that were developed to realizing the goal of Christianization. Scott Hendrix, A Very Short Introduction to Martin Luther, 2010. Amazon.com $10.82. This superb short introduction to Martin Luther, written by a leading scholar on Luther and the Reformation, presents this pivotal figure as historians now see him. Instead of singling him out as a modern hero, Hendrix emphasizes the context in which Luther worked, the colleagues who supported him, and the opponents who opposed him. Scott Hendrix, Visionary Reformer, November, 2015. Amazon.com $24.92. This bold, insightful account of the life of Martin Luther provides a anew perspective on one of the most important religious figures in history, his personal relationships, political motivations, rather than his theology alone. Hans Hillerbrand, Division of Christendom, 2007.Amazon.com $37.98.The author details the events and ideas of the 16th century and contends that the Protestant Reformation must be seen as an interplay of religious, political, and economic forces in which religion played a major role. James M. Kittelson, Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and his Career, 2003. Amazon.com $19.87. Engaging and authoritative, Kittelson's important and popular biography is here. This book has become a standard resource for those who wish to delve with of depths of the reformer without drowning in a sea of scholarly concerns. Robert Kolb and Charles Arand, The Genius of Luther's Theology: A Wittenburg Way of Thinking for the Contemporary Church, 2008. Amazon.com 23.98. The author offers an introduction to two significant themes that form the heart of Luther's theology. The first theme concerns what it means to be truly human. The second theme involves God's relationship to his creation through his Word. Timothy Lull and Derek Nelson, Resilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther, 2015. Amazon.com $35.41. This biography is marked by its fresh, winsome and invigorating style. In this telling, Luther is an energetic, resilient actor, driven by very human strengths and failings, always wishing to do right by his understanding of God and the witness of scripture. Philip Ruge-Jones, Cross in Tension: Luther's Theology of the Cross as Theological-social Critique, 2008. Amazon.com $21.27. Luther's theology of the cross is a direct critique of oppressive power relationships in his day. The author describes the power relations that Luther addressed and turns to specific Luther works that challenge the established structure of his world. Timothy J. Wengert, Martin Luther's Catechism: Forming the Faith, 2009. Amazon.com $15.77. The Small Catechism was written by Luther for the laity and the Large Catechism for clergy when he saw "the deplorable, wretched deprivation that I recently encountered when I was a visitor" to rural Saxon congregations. This book explores the Catechisms. Timothy J. Wengert, Priesthood, Pastors, Bishops: Public Ministry for the Reformation Today, 2008. Amazon.com $15.46. This book explores the core convictions of Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and the early Reformation about public ministry. Timothy J. Wengert, Reading the Bible with Martin Luther: An Introductory Guide, 2013. Amazon.com $16.44. The author introduces the basic components of Luther's theology of the Bible and examines Luther's contributions to present day biblical interpretation.