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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (908 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roland H. Bainton Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“I cannot and will not recant!…Here I stand.” This authoritative and inspiring story paints a vivid portrait of the crusader who spearheaded the Reformation. Considered one of the most readable biographies of Martin Luther, this volume looks at the German religious reformer and his influence on Western civilization.

Martin Luther entered a monastery as a youth and as a man shattered the structure of the medieval church, speaking out against the corrupt religious practices of the time. His demand that the authority for doctrine and practice be scriptures, rather than popes or councils, echoed around the world and ignited the great Reformation. Accused of heresy and threatened with excommunication and death, Luther maintained his bold stand and refused to recant. In his crusade to eliminate religious abuses, he did more than any other man to establish the Protestant faith.

With sound historical scholarship and penetrating insight, Roland Bainton examines Luther’s widespread influence. He re-creates the spiritual setting of the sixteenth century, showing Luther’s place within it and influence upon it. Here I Stand dramatically brings to life Martin Luther, the great reformer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Easily the most readable Luther biography in English.”

    Time

  • “A sound and well-rounded picture of the man and of his role in history.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Of the many superlative treatments, a half-century-old study by Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, has justly won a reputation as a classic work on a classic subject.”

    Mark Noll, author and historian

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Cunningham | 2/18/2014

    " This book is well-written and very informative. I wish the print had been a bit easier to read; I don't like when the format interferes with the reading experience. I learned so much about Luther as a German and have a better idea of the progression of his thought, as well as the timeline leading up to the Diet at Worms. I also appreciate the abundance of references to direct sources, especially Luther himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan Adair | 2/17/2014

    " Very good insight into the man and his struggles. At times hard to read, yet incredibly enlightening if you press through. I loved how the author didn't skip over the undelightful parts of Luther's life, but showed the ugly alongside of the beautiful. It was a very good and holistic treatment of Luther's life, though only relating to his grown up life and the way he shaped the surrounding culture. Well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 1/26/2014

    " This was a good book. It got to be a little dry and bogged down in places, but overall it was a very informative book about Luther and all the history of the times he lived in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hlu | 1/26/2014

    " A fair and a clear treatment of Martin Luther's life. "

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About the Author

Roland H. Bainton (1894–1984), a specialist in Reformation history, was for forty-two years Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale, and he continued writing well into his twenty years of retirement. He wore his scholarship lightly and had a lively, readable style. His most popular book, Here I Stand, sold more than a million copies.