These are not devotional writings in the sense of being edifying discourses or daily meditations for the cultivation of general spiritual sensitivity. Rather they are concrete expressions of evangelical faith and piety written by Luther the Pastor to deal with specific and burning life situations. In a very real sense they are “letters of spiritual counsel.”
The seven pastoral writings presented in this volume are notable for their lack of controversy. Although his very life was literally at stake, Luther does not allude to his own situation, but subdues himself to the message with which he was committed.