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Forerunners of the Reformation
 
Forerunners of the Reformation
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Long before Luther’s 95 Theses shook the church, sparking the Reformation, men such as Wycliffe, Zwingli, and Huss were laying the foundations for revival with solid biblical theology, powerful doctrine, and widespread evangelism. Be inspired and encouraged by the sermons that thundered from ancient pulpits, as well as the lives of those so afire for Christ as to die for Him. Truly, the seed that produced a crop as great as the Reformation must have been powerful indeed! E4’s Forerunners of the Reformation is truly a valuable inspiration!  

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Tracts and Treatises of John Wycliffe
John Wycliffe

This great 14th century Reformer paved the way for men such as John Calvin and Martin Luther with his judicious and thought provoking writings. Not content to swallow the church’s teaching without critique, Wycliffe upheld the primacy of the Word of God and appealed to every believer with his encouraging words. In these writings, Wycliffe opens up to his readers a corrective to the abusive power that the church wielded at the time. In 1382 Wycliffe finished his translation of the Bible from the Latin into English in order that the people of England might revel in God’s own Word. Having opposed the ominous power the pope might have over the state, Wycliffe was routinely condemned and after his death his ashes were exhumed and burned. Even though his books were burned, his followers were many and constantly proclaimed the Word of God to the people.

"A work of great power and significance to the great movement of the mighty Reformation" — Reviewer

 
The Letters of Jan Huss
Jan Huss

The Letters of Jan Huss are a goldmine of spiritual and biblical truth. After coming across these letters in his studies, Martin Luther quickly had them published in German because of their great spiritual value. The Letters here show a man consumed with a deep abiding relationship with God. As you read these letters, be comforted by the faith of a man so enveloped by the grace of God. Not willing to tiptoe around the truth, Huss spoke truthfully and on account of his views was burned at the stake. What you find in these letters is the personality of Huss but also his influence upon the rest of the Reformers as they sought to align their faith with the Word of God. You will come away with a greater respect and admiration for the faith of those who have gone before us.

"John Huss (Jan Hus, 1373-1415) was an influential and charismatic preacher living in interesting times" —S.N. Kras

 
Luther and His Reformation Contemporaries
John Tulloch

This marvelous work by John Tulloch gives a snapshot of the great leaders of the Reformed movement: Luther, Calvin, Latimer and John Knox. Not content to just give us biographical details of their lives, Tulloch explains the power of the Reformers in their ministry to society. Moving, inspirational, and all encompassing, Luther and Other Leaders of the Reformation is a book that reveals the heart of the Reformation and its key players.

"A marvelous work full of erudition and grace, a succinct yet powerful account of the Reformation."

 
The Church
Jan Huss

Burned at the stake in 1415, Jan Huss was by no means a casual believer, but one who laid his life on the line for Christ. The Church, written in 1411 is Huss’ culminating efforts to draw together a true picture of the life of the church over against any distortions. With Christ being front and center in Huss’ view of the church, Huss was able to correct papal errors and lead people back to genuine faith. The venerable Martin Luther, the great Wittenburg Reformer says this of Jan Huss, "Truly he—Huss—who in the agony of death invoked Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who suffered for us, and for such a cause and with such faith and steadfastness threw himself into the fire, if he did not show himself a noble and brave martyr of Christ, then will scarcely any one be saved. This book enlivens the spirit of anyone trying to grasp an understanding of the powerful wave of the Reformation and its influence upon subsequent generations. Also, you will find a deep passion for the things of God in this work on the Church. Be encouraged as you feast upon this work so dedicated to the good news of Jesus Christ.

"Truly Huss…if he did not show himself a noble and brave martyr of Christ, then will scarcely any one be saved" — Martin Luther

 
The History of Protestantism
James Wylie

James Wylie, a member of the Free Church of Scotland and professor has written a monumental history of the Protestant movement that spans from the earliest inception of the church to 1688. Particularly important to this set is Wylie’s understanding of the importance of Wycliffe, Huss, and Luther for the Reformation movement. Through a keen interest in history and a perceptive zeal for how men of faith in Jesus Christ laid their lives down, The History of Protestantism is a treasure trove of material. You will be amazed by the way history comes alive in this substantial work.

"This is an absolute treasure for those who take the study of Church History or even European History seriously." — Google reviewer

 
Wycliffe and Huss
James Wylie

Wylie digs into the early church and its early movements. Secondly, he gets into those men who were Forerunners of the Reformation, namely John Wycliffe and Jan Huss. These men were punished severely for their views, including excommunication and even death .

"Historically and Spiritually rich!" — A Reviewer

 
Protestant Faith in Germany
James Wylie

James Wylie chronicles in this book the spread of Reformation in the country of Germany. By looking closely at Martin Luther and the torch of reform that he passed, you see how the Reformation excited a nation.

"A worthwhile investment of time!" — A Reviewer

 
Protestant Faith in England and Abroad
James Wylie

In this book Wylie seeks to understand the Reformation spirit that spread to England and other countries. You will get a glimpse of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and his reforms but also see how the Reformation spread to the those communities all around the English countryside.

"Highly recommended!" — A Reviewer

 
Protestantism in Zurich and Switzerlan
James Wylie

Wylie traces the flow of Reformation thought and action Denmark and Zurich. He focuses in on the life and ministry of Zwingli all the way unto his death. You get a gripping reality of the mesmerizing effects of the Reformation on common people and those involved with preaching reform.

"Exciting read!" — A Reviewer

 
Protestantism in France and Geneva
James Wylie

Wylie explores the fountainhead of Reformation in Geneva, in which Calvin spent much of his life in ministry and preaching. Wylie is careful to point out the effect on society that the Reformed movement had in Geneva on account of Calvin’s leadership.

"Inexpressibly delightful!" — A Reviewer

 
The Waldensian Valley
James Wylie

Wylie here comments on the Waldenses, a group of church members that were ostracized and persecuted by the Catholic Church, but who were found to link their followers with the Reform of Calvin and Zwingli. Wylie gives an indepth historical perspective on their leaders and beliefs.

"Enlightening!" — A Reviewer

 
Poland and Hungary
James Wylie

Wylie chronicles the rapid movement of reform in Poland and Hungary, from engagement with church authorities to the Protestant allegiances. Overall, we find Wylie making sense of the fast movement of reform throughout Poland and Hungary.

"Stimulates me to holy living!" — A reviewer

 
Scotland and England
James Wylie

Lastly, Wylie gives a robust account of the reform movements in Scotland and England. He gets into how reforms were shaped after Henry VIII and the dramatic affect John Knox had upon the whole nation of Scotland.

"Comforting!" —A reviewer

 
Selected Works of Huldrych Zwingli

Set in Zurich, Switzerland, Huldrych Zwingli was a Reformer from the beginning. As you pour over his writings, you find a man enthralled with the Word of God and his dedication to preaching that same Word. Not happy to have one part of his ministry be biblical, Zwingli is quoted as saying to his critics, "The Word of the Bible must prevail, whether it suits us or not." These writings are a mixture of fierce debate, biblical commentary and the main tenets of Zwingli’s theology. As you read these writings, you will begin to see the dramatic power of those men who loved the church and God’s Word so much that they were willing to put their life on the line.

"An excellent collection of works that includes humor, logic, and his arguments." —Careful Reader @ Amazon

 
Believing and Knowing God
Saint Augustine

This little book written by St. Augustine explores the relationship of the love of God and the believer. Writing many centuries before the Reformation, Augustine was the primary influence of John Calvin and of Martin Luther. Combining rigorous thought and a deep seated heart for God’s glory, Augustine reveals the nature of God from creation to the coming King Jesus. As you read, be amazed at the way Augustine brings out the nature of grace in the way God deals with his people. Written in an arresting style, Augustine asks a series of questions about the spiritual life and seeks to answer them honestly. Not content with pat answers, Augustine mines the wellsprings of Christian theology in an unparalleled way. This little book will excite your thirst for God’s grace and push your heart to contemplate God’s riches.

"A great dialogue between Augustine and Reason, seeking to find the truth in the midst of the investigation" — Good Read reviewer

 
The Manual of a Christian Knight
Desiderus Erasmus

Erasmus, a noted Humanist scholar in the Reformation period, was a force in the conflict leading up to the Reformation. The Manual of a Christian Knight is Erasmus wrapping his head around the call of believers to lead godly lives in society. Not willing to shy away from the tough questions of the faith, Erasmus engages the Scriptures, church history and theology to give an answer to everyday challenges. This book will be a great source of inspiration and encouragement!

"A very good read full of truth." — Everado Gil, Amazon Reviewer

 
A History of Scotland
George Buchanan

George Buchanan has written a political and in—depth analysis of the history of Scotland. Taking cues from kings and monarchs, but also from the leaders of the Reformation like John Knox, Buchanan weaves a masterful history of the movement of people and thought in Scotland. You will find this work to be moving and insightful, chalkful of insight!

"A work that is remarkable for the power and richness of its style." — Wikipedia review

 
A History of Scotland: The Reign of Scottish Kings
George Buchanan

This second part of A History of Scotland by George Buchanan aims to bring to the surface the key kings, leaders, and events of Scotland starting from James II. The rich history that is given is a picture of how religion and politics work together and sometimes against one another. In this work, you willl be enlightened and introduced to these key leaders and how they shaped the Scottish landscape. Buchanan leaves no stone unturned in his history. Be amazed as you dig deep into this work of great vision and depth.

"A work of great effect and witness to the growth of Scotland. A treasure trove of history that includes the voices of religion and politics." —Reviewer

 
Sermons on the Song of Songs
Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12 century French abbot was mighty influential in the writings of John Calvin, the Genevan Reformer that sparked the Reformation. It is said that Calvin owes much of his theology on justification to Bernard, who had a many similar teachings that were in concert with the Reformers. These sermons on the Song of Songs are Bernard’s rich mind of Scripture truth and pastoral application. As you wade in the waters of Bernard’s insights, notice the rich style and persuasive words that he penned.

"A work that makes you feel like you’re eavesdropping in on a conversation many centuries old, Bernard is an intriguing preacher." — Nick, Good Reads reviewer

 
Baptist History Through the Ages
J.M. Cramp

Baptist History by J.M. Cramp is a marvelous display of the presence of the church through the ages. Cramp is careful to trace the influence of Baptist teaching throughout each century, including the Reformation. By looking at Baptists in Europe at the time of the Reformation, we get a glimpse of the power of the gospel seen through the eyes of Baptists. Touching the heart of the believer, this work will open up a vision of the depth and foundation of the church that led to the mighty Reformation.

"I warmly commend this book to the favour of many" — C.H. Spurgeon

 
 

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