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Recommended Reformation Reading

Dr. Willborn’s Selected Reformation Reading List



John Calvin


Beza, Theodore, The Life of Calvin (Beza was a contemporary and successor in Geneva).


Gerstner, Edna. Idelette (Soli Deo Gloria, 1997).


*Gordon, Bruce. Calvin. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009.


Horton, Michael. Calvin on the Christian Life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016.


Parker, T. H. L. John Calvin: A Biography. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2006 (1975).


Wallace, Ronald. Calvin, Geneva, and the Reformation. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1998.



Martin Luther


*Bainton, Roland. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1950.


Kroker, Ernst. The Mother of the Reformation: The Amazing Life and Story of Katharine

Luther. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2013.


Markwald, Rudolph and Marilynn Markwald. Katharina Von Bora: A Reformation Life. St.

Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2002.


Marty, Martin. Martin Luther: A Life. New York: Penguin Group, 2004.


Oberman, Heiko. Luther: Man Between God and the Devil. New York: Image Book/Doubleday, 1989.


Trueman, Carl. Luther on the Christian Life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015.


*Tucker, Ruth. Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation: The Unconventional Life of Katharina von Bora. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017.



The Reformation


*Bainton, Roland and Jaroslav Pelikan. The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Boston: Beacon Press, 1985.


*Chadwick, Owen. The Reformation. NY/London: Penguin Books, 1990.


Dickens, A. G. The English Reformation. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 1989.


Knox, John. The History of the Reformation in Scotland. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2010.


MacCulloch, Dairmaid. The Reformation: A History. New York: Penguin Group, 2004.


Oberman, Heiko. The Dawn of the Reformation. Grand Rapids: Wm B Eerdmans, 1992.


*_____. The Reformation: Roots and Ramifications. London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2004.


Ozment, Steven. Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution. NY: Doubleday, 1993.



*represents my first choice for readers.

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