By Daniel L. Sonnenberg
Having grown up a Lutheran and transferred my membership to Presbyterianism as a college student, curiosity urged me to return to my roots to seek out the devotional writings of Martin Luther. I was not sure what I might find among his writings, having read only the Catechism in my early years and other brief excerpts in the intervening period. I felt somewhat overwhelmed surveying the library shelves full of his many volumes wondering where to begin. I was pleasantly surprised to find two volumes of Luther’s Works published by Fortress Press entitled Devotional Writings. These contain relatively short treatises, tracts and letters that are more pastoral in tone and content than much of his other writings. Luther’s primary intention was to communicate with lay persons facing particular concrete questions and situations.