Item description for The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Reformation and Protestantism (Complete Idiots Guide) by Jim Bell & Tracy Sumner...
Overview You're no idiot, of course. You know that the Reformation started when a guy named Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg. But when it comes to understanding why this event was so important, and how the movement it began continues to influence the world today, you feel like a Sunday-school dropout. Don't lose faith in yourself! In The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to the Reformation and Protestantism, you learn how the Reformation came about, who its numerous leaders were, and why so many different denominations-and beliefs-emerged from it. In this Complete Idiot's Guide(R), you get: --A fascinating look at the beginnings of Protestantism. --A compelling biographical look at Martin Luther-and the controversies and conflicts that shaped his life. --Little-known facts about Mennonites, Amish, and other Anabaptist sects. --Explanations of how the Reformation gave rise to present-day evangelists and fundamentalists.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 7.3" Height: 1" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
Series Complete Idiots Guide
ISBN 0028642708 ISBN13 9780028642703 UPC 021898642707
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More About Jim Bell & Tracy Sumner
Bell is editorial director of Moody Press. He has assembled dozens of classic devotionals, abridgments, and compilations, including the "God's Little Instruction" series.
Jim Bell currently resides in West Chicago, in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Reformation and Protestantism?
Very well done Aug 31, 2007
This book is definitely worth the read if you are interested in the flow, significant players and logic behind the Reformation. It tries not to take sides but I am sure Catholics who read it will find it biased and Protestants will feel the same way. Then again, that's what the Reformation was and is all about.
Mostly excellent - but has a weak ending Aug 25, 2004
Overall, this book provides an excellent introduction to the history of Christianity in general and the Protestant Reformation in particular. The first 20 chapters that cover the period from the dawn of Christiantiy through 19-th century Europe are written extraordinarily well. I thorougly enjoyed reading this portion of the book. Unfortunately, the style and quality of the book change abruptly beginning with Chapter 21 through to the end - and the change is definitely for the worse. That portion of the book covers the impact of the Protestant Reformation on North America. Since there are two authors, it appears to me that the work was divvied up between them, with one of them writing the bulk of the book and the other writing the last few chapters. Unfortunately, the editor has done a very poor job of ensuring a consistent style and quality throughout. In summary: I highly recommend the first 20 chapters, but if you are particularly interested in reading about the impact of Protestantism on America, don't be surprised if you are disappointed.
Great Overview Of Christian History Jun 19, 2004
This is a wonderful book which explains the development of Christianity from the death of Jesus, right up to the present time. I expected to mainly find Martin Luther expounded upon, but have learned from this book that he was only one of many many reformers. An excellent source of information , written with a touch of humor and much spiritual insight and depth of explaination.
Great overview of church history. Feb 9, 2003
I found this book to be an engaging and interesting overview of events that constitute the roots of today's protestant "church". It provided me with a framework from which much "church" history can be understood. It includes Apostle Paul, papal history, Anabaptists and relationships between protestant denominations. Although lightweight in many areas, it covers a wide range of church history, which makes it very readable. Many topics may not go into as much depth as you like but there is enough to identify interest. This lack of depth is what makes the book so readable, never becoming bogged down in uninteresting topics, it keeps moving while providing stepping stones for additional reading.
What I did not like about the book is its tendency to deviate from a mostly chronological presentation. I found this was particularly annoying in the first several chapters. Later, I got use to it. There are "Protestant Pearls" (quotes) thrown throughout the book. Literally, they seem to have been thrown, having no relationship to the text. I think they should have been presented in the context of the relevant text. I would liken it to getting blips within a documentary movie have no bearing on the current scene. I found them distracting, breaking the flow so to speak. I adjusted by reading the "pearls" separately or when reviewing previously read text.
Another great book from Jim Bell Apr 22, 2002
If you liked Complete Idiot's Guide to The Bible, then you'll like this one. I've known Jim Bell from his well-known Christian books, so I'm glad to see the Idiot's people have picked up one of the best for their religion books. He really breaks down what Protestants believe and why in an easy to understand way that doesn't make you feel stupid. I'm going to use this in my Bible class over the summer.