This past week Bruce(6.5) and I read Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World by Paul L. Maier as part of my Inspired by SLE Reading List Part 2. This book did a very good job of introducing the history of Martin Luther to my son, in a way that expanded on what he had already learned in The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times
by Susan Wise Bauer. The best part of this book was the beautiful illustrations by Greg Copeland.
Martin Luther A Man Who Changed the World is written from a very conservative Protestant tone. This book is not for you if your family is Catholic, because you would probably be really offended. It doesn’t portray the Catholic Church prior to the Counter-Reformation or the Second Vatican as a religious organization with some issues to work out, but rather as religion that had serious moral flaws that needed to be corrected. This point of view is quite contrary to the tolerance our family tries to live as United Methodists (Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors!)
I wonder what my Lutheran friends would thing of this book too, because I think it presents itself in a way that is more conservative than the few Lutheran churches I have attended. So Lutherans, if you have read this book please speak up!
On a final note, I’m not trying to be sacrilegious in saying this, but there is no mention of the famous story of Martin Lutheran thinking up the 95 Theses while on the toilet. Bruce was very disappointed in this omission because, as a first grade boy, it is his favorite part of the story. 🙂
Here are my Learning Goals for my SLE Inspired Reading List Part 2:
- We are all capable of thinking our own thoughts and forming our own ideas. We do not need to be slaves to the thinking of others.
- We are responsible for our own actions, and are accountable for our actions to our own conscious, our families, and our community. Many people in the world believe we are also accountable to God.