• Bondage of the Will

  • By: Martin Luther
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1525, Martin Luther's Bondage of the Will is acknowledged by theologians as one of the great masterpieces of the Reformation. It is Luther response to Desiderius Erasmus' Diatribe on Free Will, written in his direct and unique style, combining deep spirituality with humor. Luther writes powerfully about man's depravity and God's sovereignty. The crucial issue for Luther concerned what ability free will has, and to what degree it is subject to God's sovereignty. For Luther, this key issue of free will is directly connected to God's plan of salvation. Is man able to save himself, or is his salvation entirely a work of divine grace? This work is vital to understanding the primary doctrines of the Reformation and will long remain among the great theological classics of Christian history.
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Wow. Thank you

This book was very good. It articulates the reformed view in the simplest terms as possible. I hope many modern evangelicals take the time to read this. It is worth it.

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Old English and Hard To Follow Along Narration

I had to exchange this book after about 40 minutes of listening because I felt like I was listening to a totally different language. The book is written in old English and the woman reading the book has a strong accent also.

I recommend trying to listen to it to absorb the content but if it's to challenging just exchange it.

with the actual content of the book I dont have much to say because I couldn't understand most of it. my only complaint is the narration and old English content.

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Great change of pace,quality writing, great reader

If you could sum up Bondage of the Will in three words, what would they be?

entertaining, informative, riveting

What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

I love listening to her tell Luther's antagonist off in such a genteel way.

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Wrong voice for Bondage.

fantastic material as is anything written by Martin Luther, but the voice is hard to listen to. she's a fine reader, but Luther should be read by a man, preferably with a German accent.

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Luther rips “friend” Erasmus a new one

In regards to Luther, it is well spoken and hilarious. He holds back nothing in the way of sarcasm and verbal assault toward “friend” Erasmus. Yet Luther allows every consideration possible to him. Luther weighs every point against scripture and does the word justice in an impeccable manner. In regards to the narrator, she reads well and speaks clearly.

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MUST READ!

A must-read for every Christian who seeks deeper knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible, and salvation

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A window into Luther's heart and incredible mind.

Just finished this one. Wow! A chest full of innumerable treasures. I'll definitely need to revisit this one, and next time with much bigger pockets!

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Some good arguments

I read this book because most of the Calvinists I know quote it and say they can’t talk to Arminians until they’ve read it. All that means to me is they are not intelligent enough to make the arguments for themselves. Either way, I’ve been meaning to read it for a while. We’re all indebted to Luther for bringing justification by grace through faith to the forefront of the Christian faith. He certainly makes every argument possible for why human will l, without the grace of God is useless. No arguments from me there. But who is without the grace of God? Who lives, moves, or breathes without the grace of God? If we stick to Luther’s reasoning her, she’ll we walk around asserting that man cannot live, to living people? Or that man cannot breathe, to people who are breathing? Or that men cannot move, to people who are moving? No, that would be absurd. For “in Him, we live and move and have our being.” So also, in Him, God extends grace to all men. The Word of God goes out, the Holy Spirit convicts the person in conjunction with the Word and the universal knowledge of God and of sin (ref Ro 1 &2), and men are made capable (by the grace of God) to respond in faith. Every argument Luther made was about what man could do without the grace of God. Every Arminian is arguing for what the will of man, in cooperation with God, can do - believe. Then, God monergisticly reckons that faith as righteousness, just like He did with Abraham. This isn’t tough, people.

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Wonderful and powerful book. Bizarre that a female is reading a book written by Martin Luther. Hard to get past that, however she is a good narrator... just not a good selection for this book.

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I am not alone

God's word is the source of all truth. I am thankful He has chosen me to reveal Himself to me allowing me to know Him.