Thursday, November 8, 2012

You don't really get to know them

10 Christians Everyone Should Know
Lives of the Faithful and What They Mean to You

10 Christians Everyone Should Know:  Lives of the Faithful and What They Mean to You is a set of bios I received from Book Sneeze for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.  My review does not have to be positive.

This compilation of biographies is marginally good at best.  They are too abbreviated and the editor left out some details of some that, in my humble opinion, are absolutely necessary to understand the Church as it is today.  In particular, his section on Martin Luther is sugar coated, as most biographies about him are.

Martin Luther was a man of great faith, he did have boldness and courage, etc.  But he was almost a bi-polar anti-semite.  At one point in his life he asked the Christians to support the Jews, then to convert them all, then to write them off and treat them badly.  It’s not fair to only discuss the good about those who preceded us while altogether ignoring the bad.  Don’t misunderstand me, I’m thankful for Martin Luther’s contributions to the Protestant Reformation, but his anti-semitic attitudes were flat out wrong.

The other biographies are abbreviated.  He hits good points about each and I learned something from them all.  I would not recommend this book overall, there are too many good biographies out there to have to settle for this one.  

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