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What’s the Best Book You’ve Read on the Reformation

Written by Ryan Troglin on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Article by: Ryan Troglin

Next year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As the year draws near, many will reflect on the momentous events, leaders, and issues that initiated this pivotal time in the life of the church. By God’s grace, there’s no shortage of good literature to read on the Reformers and their commitment to the gospel of grace. But where do you begin?

To help prepare us for the upcoming anniversary, Tim Keller (TGC vice president and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan), Don Carson (TGC president and research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), and John Piper (teacher at Desiring God and chancellor at Bethlehem College and Seminary) discuss the best books they’ve read on the Reformation and the ways these works have changed their lives.

Piper highlights David Daniell’s biography, William Tyndale—what he calls “one of the top three biographies” he’s ever read. Carson and Keller both underscore the significance of Calvin’s Institutes and the role it’s played in shaping their own thinking. Carson points pastors in particular toward J. H. Merle d’Aubigné’s two volume set, The Reformation in England, while Keller also spotlights Roland Bainton’s classic biography of Martin Luther, Here I Stand, and considers its influence on him as a young seminary student. 

Don’t miss this conversation as you prepare to revisist God’s faithfulness to his church and the extraordinary events that unfolded 500 years ago. 

Editors’ note: Tim Keller, Don Carson, John Piper and others will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at The Gospel Coalition 2017 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, from April 3 to 5, 2017. Register before October 31 to save!

Ryan Troglin (MDiv, Southern Seminary) serves as an assistant editor for The Gospel Coalition and as an editorial assistant in the office of the president at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also teaches English at Providence Classical Christian School in Northwest Arkansas. He and his wife, Stacey, are members at University Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

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