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Often, you can discuss your opinion about a book with other like-minded (or not) readers,or even the author who caused your joy, thoughtfulness, queries, or maybe dissent, because five different reader/writer discussion groups meet here; and we host frequent author events.

 

 

 

 

Author Discussion & Signing with John E. Helmke

Date: December 9, 2018

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

Title: Philipp Hesse: Unlikely Hero of the Reformation

Just five months after Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses, 13-year-old Philipp was declared Landgrave of Hesse, ruler of one of the most powerful principalities of the Holy Roman Empire. To some, he was admired as heroic. To others, he was despised as scandalous.

This comprehensive look at the life and role of Philipp invites readers to take a deeper look at the intertwining history of the Church, the Reformation, and politics.

About the Author

John E. Helmke is a pastor emeritus at St. John Lutheran Church in Forest Park, IL. He conducted research on Philipp of Hesse from 1974 to 1980 in JKM Library of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a short walk to the University of Chicago and Regenstein Library.

 

Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Quarterly Bestsellers for First Quarter 2017:



Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's bestsellers for the First Quarter of 2017. These Bestsellers are determined by a variety of factors (e.g. Author Signings, Mystery & History Discussion Groups' choices, Special Programs, Newspaper & Magazine listings, etc,) in addition to customer & staff recommendations. 

 

Murder, Stage Left (Nero Wolfe Mysteries) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781504041119
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 7th, 2017

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The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125927
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Published: Mysterious Press - March 7th, 2017

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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476700281
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

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I Let You Go Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101987506
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - November 29th, 2016

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143036494
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 4th, 2005

The Riverview Murders: A Paul Whelan Mystery (Paul Whelan Mysteries #5) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626817678
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Diversion Publishing - Ips - February 17th, 2015

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The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781137280152
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 22nd, 2016

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1938: Hitler's Gamble Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465022052
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Basic Books - May 10th, 2011

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Hidden Graves: A PI Mystery Set in Chicago (Dek Elstrom PI Mystery #6) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780727886644
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Published: Severn House Publishers - February 1st, 2017

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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume I Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9780553212419
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Published: Bantam Classics - November 1st, 1986

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