When Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, the world was changed forever. That action sparked the Reformation that spread throughout Europe, radically altering people’s understanding of God and His free grace. But Luther’s actions also impacted the everyday people living during that time.

A Flame in the Dark tells that story—the story of ordinary people living in the time of the Reformation. Author Sarah Baughman tells the story of Heinrich, a university student learning from Doctor Martin Luther. Heinrich and those he loves learn to give and receive grace, but more importantly they learn about the free grace God offers His children.

Even though the novel is set 500 years ago, topics of loss, shame, honor, depression, and the challenges of family life are honestly discussed and made relatable to today’s Christians. As you read about the lives of Heinrich and his family and friends, you’ll think about your own life and how God is working in the midst of your mess too.

What People are Saying about A Flame in the Dark

“Sarah Baughman manages to weave a warm and engaging tale of family and community life during an extremely tumultuous time in history while introducing the reader to fascinating characters and details of what we know as the Reformation.”

—Heidi Goehmann, author of Altogether Beautiful

“Sarah Baughman is a gifted writer who not only brings detailed history back to life, but who also quietly weaves profoundly human stories of faith and love.”

—Colleen Oakes, author of the Queen of Hearts Saga

“Reading A Flame in the Dark is like stepping back into Reformation-era Wittenberg, Germany. . . . Those who have wondered what it would have been like to live in Luther’s Germany will thoroughly enjoy how Baughman’s book skillfully portrays the rediscovery of the Gospel.”

—Sue Matzke, avid reader and pastor’s wife

“Even though this story takes place during the Reformation, the message in A Flame in the Dark is nevertheless prevalent today, tomorrow, and well into the future.”

—Adriann Harris, book reviewer

“With historical detail and intrigue, Sarah Baughman will take you back to the days of Martin Luther and the turbulent time after Luther’s Theses were nailed to the door in Wittenberg. If you enjoy historical fiction, be sure to add this one to your list!”

—Jamie Lapeyrolerie, Musings of Jamie

For more information on A Flame in the Dark or to order the book, please visit cph.org/flameinthedark or contact Lindsey Martie, Public Relations, by phone at 314-268-1303 or by email at Lindsey.Martie@cph.org.



About Sarah Baughman

Sarah Baughman has a BA in theology with minors in English and deaconess studies from Concordia University Chicago. She and her husband have four children, including one for whom they received guardianship. Sarah enjoys volunteering at church, sewing historic clothing, and spending time with her family.