Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ulrich Zwingli: Bitesize Biography


  • Publisher:  EP Books
  • ISBN:  9781783970827
  • Page Count:  164
I personally do not know a lot about early church history, so I adore finding good  books  on the subject very fascinating and educational. I just recently discovered the Bitesize Biographies series and so far I am impressed with the quality and quantity of material that is packed into these books.
The Ulrich Zwingli book is roughly 160 pages and can easily be read in a weekend. Prior to reading this book the only thing I knew about Zwingli is that he opposed Luther. Within this book I was introduced to the man himself. From from his early life, to what drove him to become a priest,through his priesthood and into his multiple clashes with the Catholic Church, to his dispute with Luther, and ending with his death. Just an great encompassing journey of faith, dedication and a deep love for the Lord. I enjoyed Zwingli's fighting spirit to protect the word of God and keep the Bible true and uncompromising. He understood and taught the sufficiency of Christ. Unfortuently, Zwingli died in battle along many of his comrades while fighting against the Catholics. 

Boekestein writings are easy to follow, making this book an easy read that anyone could enjoy, even without a strong historical biblical background.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Appendix that discussed Zwingli's 67 articles  and also the further reading suggestions.

 This book is a great reference for those interested in the early Reformation, and the history of Switzerland. I highly recommend this book and others in the series. See more titles in the Bitesize Biographies series here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Cross Focused Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

You can listen to William Boekestein talking about his book Ulrich Zwingli from EP Books’ Bitesize Biographies series at the below links:
About William Boekestein:
WILLIAM BOEKESTEIN is the pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Carbondale,PA (URCNA). He has authored several books including Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation (with Joel Beeke), and (for children) Faithfulness under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres, The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism, and The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort.


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