Free Book About Martin Luther!

Friends, I have some great news (besides that "He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!"), which I'm sure we all could use after a week like this one.

How does a FREE book about Martin Luther sound to you? Did you know that April 18th is historically known as a major day on the Christian calendar?

Here's what I saw one friend tweet out to the Twitterverse late last night. Enjoy!



On this day (April 18) in 1521 Martin Luther famously declared:
"Unless I am convinced by Scripture or by clear reasoning that I am in error - for popes and councils have often erred and contradicted themselves - I cannot recant, for I am subject to the Scriptures I have quoted; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. It is unsafe and dangerous to do anything against ones conscience. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. So help me God. Amen."
To mark this significant day in Reformation history, until 11:59 p.m. EST tonight we are offering the eBook edition of Dr. Steven Lawson’s newly released book, The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther, for free. There are two eBook formats available—the ePub version for devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Nook, and the MOBI version for Kindle devices:
*- The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther (ePub)
*- The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther (MOBI)
Also, take the time to listen to the following message from Dr. R.C. Sproul where he recounts the momentous occasion when Luther declared, “Here I stand.”

Here's a brief summary description of the book to help whet your appetite for this treasure trover about how the Lord used this man in particular to reform His church during a truly monumental era in all of Church history.

During the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, the Reformers’ most effective tool was the pulpit, and all of the Reformers were gifted preachers. This was especially true of Martin Luther, the man regarded as the father of the Reformation.

Luther used every legitimate means to make known the truths of Scripture. His strategies included writing books, tracts, pamphlets, and letters, as well as classroom lectures, public debates, and heated disputations in churches and universities. But his chief means of producing reform was the pulpit, where he proclaimed the truths of God’s Word with great courage. In a day when the church greatly needed to hear the truth, Luther’s pulpit became one of the most clarion sounding boards for God’s Word this world has ever witnessed.

In The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther, Dr. Steven J. Lawson shows the convictions and practices that fed Luther’s pulpit boldness, providing an example for all preachers in a day when truth once more is in decline.

Amen! "The truth, without apology" indeed!

So, be sure to get your copy of what I'm sure is an excellent book.

Oh, and please do prayerfully consider supporting the ministry that made it possible for us to enjoy this biographical sketch (whether it's lifting them up in prayer or donating your financial support or both).

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