James M. Kittleson was professor of church history and Director of the Lutheran Brotherhood Foundation Reformation Research Program at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He was author of several books, including Toward an Established Church: Strasbourg's Reformation from 1500 to the Dawn of the Seventeenth Century (2000), and he served as a senior editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation (1996).
For nearly thirty years, Luther the Reformer has been the standard Luther biography. Fair, insightful, and detailed without being overwhelming, Kittelson was able to negotiate a “middle way” that presented a more complete chronological picture of Luther than many had yet portrayed. For this revised edition, Hans H. Wiersma has made an outstanding text even better. The research is updated, and the text is revised throughout, with images, bibliographies, and timelines to enhance the experience. It’s a great volume, greatly improved.