Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Book Review: Ulrich Zwingli

Ulrich Zwingli by William Boekestein is part of the Bitesize Biographies Collection of EP Books.  The narrative begins with the birth of Zwingli in 1484 and ends with his death in 1531.   The writing is fluid and easy to read, and the author's style is engaging.  To aid the reader, I think a map of the cantons of Switzerland, as well as the alliances that were formed, would have been helpful to understand the political and religious unrest during the birth of the Reformation.

Mr. Boekestein points out that while Luther was promoting the Gospel in Germany, Zwingli was doing the same in Switzerland.  He shows that the Reformation was equally spurred by the preaching, teaching, and writing of Ulrich Zwingli.  Before reading this book, I did not realize that Luther and Zwingli were contemporaries of each other.  Amid the heavy oppression of Roman Catholic dogma spiritually and politically, both of these Protestant men turned to the Holy Scriptures as their only certain rule for saving faith.

Overall, I would recommend this book to any Christian individual or family who wants to learn more about one of the pillars of the Reformation.  This book would be valuable in a family devotion or homeschool setting.

Full Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.