Long Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz

9780802418029

Long Before Luther, by Nathan Busenitz, attempts to answer the question “Was the Reformation doctrine of justification by faith alone an invention or a recovery?” The author has done very extensive research to give answer to this question. Using quotes from pre-Reformation writers and scripture from the Bible, the author shows us the doctrine held by the Reformers were not new but rather were taken from the Bible and carried down.
This book goes into so much depth that I found myself no able to understand some of it. This book gives a lot of detail about church history as well. The book is broken up into four sections with just 11 chapters and 64 pages. The book give a look into church history, the beliefs of pre-Reformers and Reformers. The book also contains 25 pages of 100 quotes from church history showing salvation by grace alone and the truth that believers are justified through faith in Christ, not by works. This was the part of the book that spoke to me the most.
Due to the extensive quotes, I feel this book is far advanced for the person who wants to learn more about the reformation and church history. I feel this book is meant more for the students, scholars, or theologians. For this reason, I give this book a 4.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing, this is my honest review.
242 pages
ISBN: 9780802418029
Publisher: Moody Publishers/Masters Seminary Press
Nathan Busenitz is teaches Historical Theology at the Master’s Seminary. He has completed his doctorate in church history focusing on patristic theology.
Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/before-luther-tracing-gospel-christ-reformation/nathan-busenitz/9780802418029/pd/418024
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/long-before-luther-nathan-busenitz/1125898094?ean=9780802418029

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Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back

_240_360_Book.1875.coverJesus Called – He Wants His Church back is written by Ray Johnston, founding pastor of Bayside church in California. The church serves more than 12,000 people, one of the largest churches in the United State.

The author points out the breakdown of our culture over the last 70 years. The book tells us how different our modern day churches and Christians are compared to the Old Testament church and Christians. It points out that we as Christians often believe the bible, but we do not want to live according to what it says. The book teaches how to get re-connected with our bible, to go out and evangelize and to have passion in our Christian life.

When I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did. The part of the book that really spoke to me was how our concern for safety has destroyed our faith. Playing it safe limits what we do, shrinks our faith, stunts our growth and shrivels our heart. There as so many parts of the books that surprised me, especially the statistics of how many churches close each year, and how few Christians attend church regularly. One part really sticks with me, “You’re not an authentic Christian until you learn to serve others and give your life away.” Jesus came to serve and give and we are to do the same. The author uses bible stories and scripture to back up what he writes. The book is written with humor that kept me wanting to read more. I will definitely be recommending this book to others to read.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.

208 pages

ISBN-10: 071807956

ISBN-13: 978-0718079567

Publisher: Thomas Nelson