Great Stuff Found on the Web — Looking for Luther by Christian Tiews

I came across this one and thought it might be of interest for folks thinking about going to the Luther Lands to celebrate the 500th anniversary (2017). The book “Looking for Luther” by Christian Tiews can be purchased paperback or download.

The paperback book is $19.99; the file download is $11.99.

Here are some quick reviews, including many names you might recognize:

  • Rev. Dr. Gerald Bode, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri: “Christian Tiews has written a travelogue like no other, exploring history, culture, and faith with a purpose. Looking for Luther offers readers a personal tour through Luther’s life and homeland, inviting them on a journey that is both reflective and entertaining.”
  • Pearl Wittkopp Garrison, Tulsa, Oklahoma; former editor of The Tulsa Tribune: “This is a wonderful, entertaining, and educational book.”
  • Mollie Z. Hemingway, “Tiews could have written an ordinary travel guide. Instead, he has written a rather extraordinary journey into the heart of Lutherland. If you’re headed to Germany or have been there before, Tiews’ keen observations will greatly enrich your experience and understanding. If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the historical sites that shaped the Great Reformer, Tiews’ book will leave you edified and itching to hop the first plane to Lutherland.”
  • Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, LCMS President: “Winsomely written. Full of practical information. Read it even if you’re not planning a trip! But be careful. You’ll end up with a better understanding of the faith, and you’ll be booking flights soon.”
  • Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb, Missions Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri: “Readers look at Luther and the scenes of his life through the eyes of a Lutheran pastor, whose roots and personal experience as a citizen of both Germany and the U.S. give him a unique view of the places where Luther’s life took place. His observations, sober and serious, light-hearted and humorous provide past, present, and future visitors with a sense of the geography and theology of the Wittenberg reformer.”
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Noland, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Evansville, Indiana: “This book is the perfect resource for those thinking about a trip to the Luther lands, or who are interested in discovering what those historic places are like today. It is a ‘must buy’ for pastors thinking about leading such a tour as we approach the quincentennial year of 2017.”
  • David Preus, M. Div., Ph.D. student, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri: “Accessible, instructive and charming, Looking for Luther is a handy little book that skillfully combines personal experience, historical interpretation and theological conviction.”
  • Uwe Siemon-Netto, former religion editor of United Press International, Lutheran lay theologian, and President of the “League of Faithful Masks—Center for Lutheran Theology & Public Life”: “Not only English speakers, but especially Germans are in desperate need of an effective teacher of faith such as Tiews, a rare author capable of weaving two distinctive vocations together in a travelogue of melancholy charm, the vocations of a tour guide and a pastor.”
  • Alina Laura Tiews, Ph.D. student in Historical Studies, Universität Münster, Germany: “Providing pertinent historical, geographic, and religious background information, Looking for Luther is a travel journal, travel guide and personal interpretation—all rolled into one. Engaging and lively.”
  • Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson, Berlin, Germany; former director of the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg : “Looking for Luther should become required reading in Reformation History at the seminaries.”

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Great Stuff Found on the Web — Looking for Luther by Christian Tiews — 1 Comment

  1. While my own commentary about the author will seem minuscule compared to some of the comments above – I will offer some extra thoughts.

    I attended seminary with Rev. Tiews and he was then, and I am sure still is, brilliant. I shared in a few study groups and his ability to step back and view perspectives and other thoughts from a theological point of view was refreshing as well as insightful. We had some great conversations that reflected a kind and personal touch while he peppered our conversations with little bits of anecdotal information about Luther, the confessions, and his own life experience. I look forward to reading this book because if it is anything like my experience with him from school – it will be well worth the read.

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