Reformation Church History Book List

Happy 500th birthday to the Protestant Reformation!

500 years ago this month, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door in Wittenburg. Of course, the Reformation encompasses more than just Luther’s bold act. The Lord used men and women before and after Luther to bravely proclaim the importance of God’s Word, God’s grace, Christ’s sufficiency, and more.

Well, what better way to learn about these men and women and the work the Lord was doing than by reading some great books about these very things?! We’ve reviewed many books over the years at Redeemed Reader that look at just this time period.

The Reformation Church History Book List

Titles below are linked to RR reviews, where applicable. List is alpha by title. Don’t miss our Church History series from last October; it includes books on the ancient and medieval church as well as some good overviews of church history in general.

Chosen Daughters Series published by P&R.  Review soon!

Courage and Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church by Mindy and Brandon Withrow. Ages 10 and up. Nonfiction/Historical fiction (see reviews of Monks and Mystics and Peril and Peace for similar books by these authors).

Faithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres by William Boekestein. Ages 8-12. Historical fiction.

The Glory of Grace: the Story of the Canons of Dort by William Boekestein. Ages 6-12. Historical fiction.

Hammer of the Hugenots by Douglas Bond. Ages 10 and up. Historical fiction.

Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr. Ages 8 and up. Picture book biography.

Luther in Love by Douglas Bond.  Review soon!

Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation by Douglas Bond. Ages 8 and up. Christian fiction. (One of the Mr. Pipes books).

The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism by William Boekestein. Ages 8-12. Historical fiction.

Reformation ABCs: The People, Places, and Things of the Reformation–from A to Z by Stephen J. Nichols and Ned Bustard. Ages 4 and up. Picture book/nonfiction.

Reformation Heroes by Diana Kleyn and Joel Beeke. Ages 10 and up. Nonfiction.

The Revolt by Douglas Bond. Ages 10 and up. Historical fiction (Wycliffe).

The Sweet Taste of Providence: 74 Devotional Episodes from History by Christine Farenhorst.  Review soon!

Weight of a Flame: The Passion of Olympia Morata by Simonetta Carr. Ages 10 and up. Historical Fiction.

Author Interview: Simonetta Carr (includes her books on John Calvin and John Owen)

Author Interview: Douglas Bond (includes information on his book The Revolt)

For some “grown-up” resources on the Reformation, check out one of the following lists:

What are YOUR favorite resources for Reformation Church History?




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Betsy is the Managing Editor at Redeemed Reader. When she reads ahead for you, she uses sticky notes instead of book darts and willfully dog ears pages even in library books. Betsy is a fan of George MacDonald, robust book discussions, and the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their three children in the beautiful Northwest.


  1. Diana on October 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for this fantastic book list! It’s very timely. I blogged about the Oxford Martyrs as well as some of my favorite Reformation resources here:

    • Betsy on October 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks, Diana! I looked at your review–and noticed the podcast link!! I’m excited to check that out with my kids.

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