John Calvin, a Pilgrim's Life Paperback

by Herman J. Selderhuis;

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John Calvin, a Pilgrim's Life

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There are many biographies of John Calvin, the theologian - some vilifying him and others extolling his virtues - but few that reveal John Calvin, the man.

Professor and renowned Reformation historian Herman Selderhuis has written this book to bring Calvin near to the reader, showing him as a man who had an impressive impact on the development of the Western world, but who was first of all a believer struggling with God and with the way God governed both the world and his own life.

Selderhuis draws on Calvin's own publications and commentary on the biblical figures with whom he strongly identified to describe his theology in the context of his personal development. Throughout we see a person who found himself alone at many of the decisive moments of his life - a fact that echoed through Calvin's subsequent sermons and commentaries. Selderhuis's unique and compelling look at John Calvin, with all of his merits and foibles, ultimately discloses a man who could not find himself at home in the world in which he lived.

John Calvin, a Pilgrim's Life by Herman J. Selderhuis was published by Inter-Varsity Press in March 2009 and is our 23775th best seller. The ISBN for John Calvin, a Pilgrim's Life is 9781844743759.

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"Five hundred years after the birth of John Calvin, the reformer of Geneva continues to loom large as one of the most formative figures in Christian history, and one of the most difficult to know up close and personal. Based on a careful reading of Calvin's letters and other sources, Herman Selderhuis presents here a fresh new biography. Calvin emerges as neither hero nor villain, but rather as a flawed and forgiven pilgrim who never lost sight of his final destination and inspired many others along the way. A wonderful introduction to a great teacher of the church!"

Timothy George, dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, and general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

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Details for John Calvin, a Pilgrim's Life

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherInter-Varsity Press (March 2009)
Number of Pages304
Thickness22 mm
Height229 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code1901783
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