Teaser Tuesday: The Reformation

Like the changing of the seasons, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

This week I’m reading The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World by Stephen J. Nichols. I received this book at Teacher’s Conference last week, so not only is it about one of my favorite people in history, but it was also free and knocked one title off my TBR. Can’t get much better than that, can it? At least, when it comes to books.

The Goodreads’ Blurb

Mention history and some might struggle to stifle a yawn. But when presented as a narrative it can often be compelling reading. Stephen J. Nichols takes a key period in time, the Reformation, and presents its major players in a fresh way. From Martin Luther, a simple monk who wielded the mallet, to kings and queens, this book goes behind the scenes to uncover the human side of these larger-than-life Reformers. Along the way readers meet Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, Anne Bradstreet, and many others.

For those wanting to see history in its context, Nichols also provides a sampling of primary source materials. It is an engaging read that will remind readers of the foundational truths that can never be taken for granted by the church in any age. Includes numerous illustrations.


The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 60.

[Muentzer] also held a radical view of prophecy, seeing it as ongoing and seeing himself as a prophet. He was led to believe, through a prophetic vision, he claimed, that the Kingdom of God would reign supreme over all earthly kingdoms, beginning with the ones ruled by the German princes and nobles.


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In Retrospect: The Last Day of Marcus Tullius Cicero

At 120 pages, this novella is a great hours’ diversion into historical semi-fiction, and would make a great companion to Rubicon or Dynasty (both by Tom Holland).

Spoiler: not everyone makes it out alive.

What are you reading today?


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