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Book Review – Rescuing the Gospel


Rescuing the Gospel

Rescuing the Gospel by John Lutzer is an illustrated story of the Reformation. In this book, Lutzer takes the reader through a delightful tour of the events which both influenced and resulted from the Reformation. The stories are engaging, informative, and will capture your imagination as you find yourself in the middle of the conflicts which arose during this historic time in the Church’s history. Lutzer begins with the engaging stories of Wycliffe and Hus to set the stage for the infamous nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg. These accounts of both Wycliffe and Hus are retold in a relevant and engaging.

The story of Luther, from his “pre-reformation” days through his death rightfully occupy the majority of the book. In this section we learn of the events in Luther’s life which God used to spark the single biggest turning point in church history. Lutzer recounts the life of Luther with just the right amount of sobriety and honesty needed to make sense of what was going on in the Church that made Her reforming a necessary step. I especially enjoyed reading about Luther’s family life with his wife Katie, and their six children. As a father of eight children myself, I found his joys and struggles to be encouraging. How many times all of us as parents cried out with Luther when, reflecting on his difficult four year old, he says, “God has produced from me and my wife, Katie, a little heathen….”

Lutzer doesn’t leave us empty handed after Luther. He continues to give us the lively tales of Zwingli, the Anabaptists, and Calvin before briefly touching on the differences between the various Reformed traditions. Finally, Lutzer ends by urging the work of reforming to continue today as we  strive for a purer gospel. This includes (but is not limited to) the distortions which have occurred in modern Evangelicalism.

Rescuing the Gospel is an important book for our time. More and more the modern church has forgotten where She has come from and as a result is marching forward with no sense of direction of meaning. Lutzrt has done us a favor by framing the events of the Reformation in such a way that anyone would enjoy picking up this book and learning. This book would make a wonderful addition to a homeschooling history curriculum as well as to your church or personal library. The illustrations are sparse but just enough to avoid becoming the focal point of the book. This is an extraordinary book. You will want a copy.

Where to Purchase Rescuing the Gospel Click here to purchase Rescuing the Gospel from Amazon Click here to purchase Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation from Christian Book (CBD)

About the Author

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Erwin W. Lutzer (BTh, Winnipeg Bible College; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is pastor emeritus of Moody Church in Chicago. He has led tours to the sites of the Reformation in Europe, including Wittenberg, Worms, Geneva, and Zurich. He is an ECPA Gold Medallion Award-winning author of several books, including Hitler’s Cross, The King Is Coming, and When a Nation Forgets God, as well as Rescuing the Gospel. He is the featured speaker on three radio programs, including Running to Win. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Books in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

5 thoughts on “Book Review – Rescuing the Gospel

  1. Justin K.

    This is totally my favorite of all historical topics. I haven’t read this one yet but I have read ton of books on the Reformation from both sides of the church. I never cease to be amazed at what happened.

  2. Frank Ramirez

    This looks like it would be interesting. Does he speak much about the continuing need to reform that Catholic Church or is it just about the need to reform the Evangelical church?

    • Hello Frank, the author advocates for reform of anything that strays from the Biblical gospel.

  3. Oh my goodness I’m so happy you have started to post again. That was the worst month of my life lol!!! Seriously though I’m glad you got to rest from this after the new baby and I’m totally waiting to see a picture of him or her okay? Okay. I’m getting this book because I have nothing to read right now and it sounds great. The comment about God giving them a little heathen? Yeah, that’s my life right now.

  4. Stephen

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been looking for a good book on the reformation.

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