Top Books About Lutheranism

Popular books about Lutheranism, Lutheran literature, and resources on the Lutheran faith have been arranged in this top 10 list of books about Lutheranism.

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A History of Lutheranism: What Happened to the Movement Begun by Luther?

Germany Launches Martin Luther Year To Mark 500 Years Since The Reformation
Sean Gallup Getty

Author Eric Gritsch, a Reformation historian, takes on an ambitious first-ever attempt at providing a history of global Lutheranism. He tells of how Martin Luther's Christian reforming and confessional movement survived its first confrontations with religious practices and teachings, giving a clear explanation of the many issues, controversies and theological insights that have distinguished Lutheran history.
Trade Paperback; 350 Pages.

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Lutheran Worship: History & Practice

Author Fred Precht gives sound, straight-to-the-point information on the history and practice of corporate worship in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. A valuable tool for church leaders, the book combines theology and practical application for worship leaders, pastors, church musicians, and seminarians.
Hardcover.

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The Structure of Lutheranism

Author Werner Elert analyzes Lutheranism's theology and philosophy of life during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He combines historical criticism and analysis as he examines Luther's theology and emphasizes its stability throughout his early and later life.
Hardcover; 547 Pages.

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Lutheranism: The Theological Movement and Its Confessional Writings

Authors Eric W. Gritsch (church historian) and Professor Robert W. Jenson (systematic theologian) have created a useful guide, giving a critical appraisal of the theological movement that took place within the Catholic Church. Together they describe Lutheranism as centered in the fundamental principle of the Reformation, that "justification is by faith apart from works of law."
Paperback; 224 Pages.

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The Promise of Lutheran Ethics

Editors Karen L. Bloomquist and John R. Stumme combine the work of ten Lutheran theologians who explore Lutheran themes and approaches to present Christian ethics as a way of life in today's world. They look at Christian freedom and responsibility, of call and social witness, of justice and formation in prayer. In a "round table" discussion, the participants debate Lutheranisms' insights and oversights and how they relate to today's heated ethical issues.
Trade Paperback; 256 Pages.

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Praying For Reform: Luther, Prayer & the Christian Life

William R. Russell, Lutheran scholar, investigates how prayer shaped Luther's life and influenced his many writings and teachings. From Luther's prayer life came his basics of Christian faith and practice. Russell shows how Luther's reflections on prayer flow from personal experience as he traces his writings on prayer at different stages of Luther's life. He also brings practical application from these writings for our lives today.
Paperback; 96 Pages.

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Reclaiming the "L" Word: Renewing the Church from Its Lutheran Core

Author Kelly A. Fryer wrote this book primarily for those who call themselves Lutherans with the intention of helping to answer central questions such as: "Who are we?" "What does it mean to be a Lutheran today?" And, "Why does it matter?"
Paperback; 96 Pages.

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An Essential Unity: A Contemporary Look at Lutheran and Episcopal Liturgies

Author David Veal explores and compares the history of Lutheran and Episcopal corporate worship as the two denominations move toward full communion. Clergy, laity, scholars and study groups from both denominations will find this review and commentary of Baptism and Holy Communion liturgies useful as they compare how each prays in corporate worship.
Trade Paperback.

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Central Things

This is the revised and expanded edition of Gordon W. Lathrop's 1994 classic. As a result of the ELCA's multi-year Renewing Worship initiative, the book has been revised to encompass the new developments and directions suggested by this churchwide initiative and its provisional phase of development towards a new core worship resource.
Paperback; 84 Pages.

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Living in the Kingdom: Reflections on Luther's Catechism

This is a compilation of twenty-eight short essays on faith-in-practice, with questions and answers by Alvin N. Rogness.