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When Lightning Struck!

When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther

Author: 
Danika Cooley (Author)
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Martin Luther’s life was too exciting not to be written for teens and younger readers! In this fast-paced, action-packed novel of Martin Luther’s life, teen readers (and more than a few adults!) will be introduced to a fascinating time when princes ruled Europe and knights roamed the countryside. They’ll learn about a time when powerful forces lined up against each other and believing the wrong thing could get you killed.

When Lightning Struck! is far more than just an adventure story, of course. It also tells a theological story. Drawing carefully from Luther’s own words, this book introduces readers to a kindred spirit who struggled with what knowing God through Scripture means for daily life. They will understand what was at stake and how powerfully liberating Luther’s idea of grace through faith was—in his time and in ours!   

In crisp, enjoyable prose, author Danika Cooley conveys both the drama and the meaning of the Reformation for younger readers like no one before her!

ISBN: 
9781506405834
Price: 
$16.99
ISBN: 
9781506406305
Release date: 
November 1, 2015
Pages: 
264
Width: 
5.50
Height: 
8.50

Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide
When Lightning Struck!: Discussion Guide

By Danika Cooley
Full-color
34pp
​Easy to use
FREE!
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The perfect guide for:

  • Youth groups
  • Sunday School classes
  • Family read-alouds
  • Homeschool Christian history

Each chapter contains discussion questions and timeline dates in addition to the 4-page timeline included at the back of the guide. it also features short biographies of important figures, and relevant Scripture passages to consider with discussion questions. The perfect guide to use with students in any setting!

Includes chapter-by-chapter:

  • Discussion questions
  • Biographies
  • Scripture to consider
  • Timeline activities

Endorsements

"This is not just a story book. It is real life. It is accurately researched and meticulously footnoted. And it's not just history either. When Lightning Struck! introduces us to the truth of God by bringing us alongside a young man and his personal search for eternal life and peace. Danika Cooley introduces Martin Luther as an inquisitive and somewhat outspoken little boy. He had many questions for which his family and the church had answers, but throughout his life these answers never really seemed to satisfy. He searched and sought for the peace he longed for but over time doubted that it even existed. Not even the monks, the monasteries, or even the Holy City of Rome could give Martin the answers he sought. Eventually his questions started to change: 'Can it truly be that the words of Christ rank above those of counsels and popes?' When Martin searched for the truth of God in the word of God, he found the answer he had been looking for: 'It is by grace I am saved through the faith that God gives!'"

Catherine MacKenzie | author of John Calvin—After Darkness Light and the Little Lights series

"When Lightning Struck! brings the reader into an era of intense theological controversy—the Reformation—and tells of it in a highly readable 'living history' that will grip the minds of youth! Nothing less than fiery story telling would be fitting, to convey to us the life of a fervent heart like Martin Luther, and author Danika Cooley has achieved just that. Capturing Luther's impassioned spirit in nearly everything he touched, I found myself becoming indignant all over again (even though I knew the history) at the abuses of the church he exposed, and pressing onward in the book, to see what he was going to do about it!"

Dennis Gundersen | president, Grace & Truth Books

"Today's youth are growing up almost completely ignorant of Church History. We impoverish ourselves when we fail to learn from the tragedies and triumphs of those who have gone before us. Danika Cooley has done a great service by introducing a new generation to perhaps the most influential Christian leader of the past 600 years, Martin Luther. I commend this book to you and your children as a great family read-aloud."

Israel Wayne | founder of Family Renewal

"From the electrifying tension of the opening scene, When Lightning Struck! will instantly captivate readers. Meticulously researched, this historical novel on Martin Luther will immerse the reader in the dust and grit of sixteenth century Germany. You will not only feel that Luther's struggles are you own struggles, you will enter the gates of paradise with Luther into the freedom of justification by faith alone in Christ alone. Not only is Danika Cooley an engaging writer of children's literature, she is a careful and winsome theologian. As in her Bible Road Trip, you will be in highly capable hands on the road trip of Luther's life from works to grace. Highly recommended!"

Douglas Bond | author of the Crown & Covenant Trilogy