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Five Leading ReformersLives at a Watershed of History

Five Leading Reformers

Lives at a Watershed of History

Christopher Catherwood
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Christopher Catherwood summarises the lives of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, Thomas Cranmer and John Knox. He unlocks the motivation, the power and drive that pushed these men to risk their position, their livelihoods and their lives.

Christopher Catherwood

About Christopher Catherwood

Christopher Catherwood is Martyn Lloyd–Jones’ grandson. He has taught 20th century and church history at the Cambridge–based INSTEP programme and is an Associate of Churchill College, Cambridge.


  • Author: Christopher Catherwood
  • Release Date: March 2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781845505530
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


His work is marked by honesty, for he does not look away from their flaws. But Catherwood also shows how their lives were touched by greatness from God, for He must be the ultimate explanation for the reformers' accomplishments. Catherwood does not merely re-tell familiar facts. He opens up their meaning and relevance, so that one is drawn into the drama with effortless fascination. As I read, I was constantly making connections with our present-day situation. It was a privilege to read this book, and it is a delight to recommend it.

Ray Ortlund, Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

Christopher Catherwood's fluent style brings out the broad sweep of a spiritual movement which transcended national barriers and has left a permanent mark on Europe and in the wider world. He shows how five men of very different personality and outlook could all be caught up in the same experience of a life transformed by the power of God. The portraits are painted "warts and all" but the message is clear - God can and does use the weak and imperfect things of this world to proclaim his message of salvation in Christ to all who believe.

Gerald Bray, Research Professor, Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
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