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First Look Inside at Martin Luther Graphic Novel – We are Ready to Take Your Orders Now

May 5th, 2011
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I’m very happy to give you a good first look at the forthcoming graphic novel from Concordia Publishing House titled Echos of the Hammer. It will be available in June. We are offering the following discount structure for group purchases: 1-9 copies: $10.99 each; 10 or more $9.99 each, plus shipping. Use the promo code YEH at checkout on our web site, or when you call into to our customer service center at 800-325-3040. Here’s a downloadable sample of the book.

This is the story, from birth to death, of Martin Luther who headed a revolution that changed the world. From a small town in medieval Germany, the Reformation resulted in dramatic, sweeping change that still echoes today. Here is Luther’s story of adventure, courage, and faith told for the first time in graphic novel style. Scattered throughout the book are informational call-outs of key supporters and enemies of Luther including Frederick the Wise, Katherine von Bora, Charles IV, and many others. Also included is a comprehensive explanation of Luther’s Seal and an extensive history timeline that gives broad context to Luther’s life. As children and middle school children become increasingly visually literate, their reading habits change accordingly. This Luther biography will teach in a fun, comfortable format while providing an educational and appreciation of Luther and the Reformation. It’s perfect for classroom use. Author Susan K. Leigh is an editor and author who lives in a small town in Illinois. She is the author of several children’s picture books, including twelve titles in the popular “God, I Need to Talk to You” series. Illustrator Dave Hill graduated from Glasgow School of Art. He has worked in the video game industry for ten years. As a freelance illustrator, Dave’s passion is children’s book and comic books. He lives in Scotland with his wife and their two children.

Cover of "Luther: Echoes of the Hammer"

 

Sample of color illustration in "Echoes"

 

Sample of black and white illustrations in "Echoes"

 

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  1. Rev. Michael Trask
    May 5th, 2011 at 11:08 | #1

    Heh… What super power does he have? Does he know the green lantern?

    Actually, I think this might be kinda cool….for my confirmation kids.

  2. Patrick
    May 5th, 2011 at 13:46 | #3

    Very cool, I wish I could keep up with all the new stuff coming out at CPH.ORG. As soon as I get the okay from the wife, I will be ordering this and hopefully a couple Story Bible’s for my Godchild and myself. Yeah, so what if I am twenty-six, I need a break from those big adult books once in a while. Hoping to talk my church into doing a group buy on the Story Bible also.

    -Patrick

  3. Richard Welling
    May 6th, 2011 at 00:33 | #4

    How Concordia has fallen. Has Christian learning been dumbed down to such a degree that we can hope that children will only be taught by choreographed images? What happened to the simple Word? As one who grew up with “graphic novels”, then more accurately termed “comic books”, I can later in life recall that it had stunted my education until I’d finally grown out of that format and began to read real books. (But how many children never grow out of that it?) Turning the self-conscious sinner, Luther, into a kind of Superhero is an affront to his Creator, who made him, despite his failings, one of the greatest geniuses of the past 2000 years. In these comics, man appears to give service to God for man’s reward, a very un-Lutheran theology. How can anyone possibly think this stuff is “cool”?

    • May 6th, 2011 at 07:09 | #5

      Richard, are you not aware that at the time of the Reformation there was a man who was a champion of having visual images everywhere to teach and instruct? His name was…Martin Luther.

  4. AJ Neugebaer
    May 11th, 2011 at 15:21 | #6

    @Richard Welling
    I have to say that I think that I am totally smarter today because of reading comic books. Now imagine if I had been reading ones published by CPH instead of ones published by Marvel! Holy Cow! Excelsior! ‘Nuff said!

    Seriously though, I don’t see how the medium of comics is, in and of itself, “dumbing something down” to a point that it cannot proclaim the Gospel. Of course this isn’t the same thing as reading Bondage of the Will or anything. But that doesn’t mean that it cannot be a worthy medium and vehicle of the message of the Gospel. Think about it this way: we would never have a problem with an illustrated children’s Bible, right?

    The bottom line is that comics got me interested in reading actual books. They were a stepping stone that I used and that piqued my interest in things that were more sophisticated and more worthwhile. Richard, it sounds like you had a very similar journey.

    Can we not see someone becoming interested in Luther and what he taught through this illustrated book, and thus seeking out more of his teaching, (and perhaps even a church that lifts up his teachings,) as well?

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