‘Top Ten Christians’ book now offered via “America’s Top Publisher” !


This 2nd Edition is New and Improved, and we look forward to working with Tate on this venture.  We feel this should expand the market for the book, and allow it to be read by more Christians, and non-Christians as well.

The book is available now via Tate’s site, as a paperback and an e-book, and will be available via selected bookstores and via Amazon in May.

If you would like a bulk order (5+), for Bible study groups or similar groups or organizations, please contact Abby and I directly- via this Blog or  kql314 (at) yahoo.com.  We thank you for your interest and support.


Ken L.


Martin Luther Ranks as Most Influential Christian- article link

Please check out the following link to the Christian News and Living website, Taber’s Truths, which published a new article about our book’s survey and the final “rankings”.


**As always, our book is available for sale at http://buy.christianbookstoday.org/  and at www.truthbookpublishers.com. **

Thanks, and Blessings,

Ken L.

Great $ALE, + new biographical article on a key Christian who did NOT make the book-

Just in time for the upcoming Christmas season, we are now offering a great deal for anyone who wants to order 2 books.  SAVE over $7 ! For a limited time !

Via Paypal, we are accepting book orders for “The Top Ten Most Influential Christians (since the Apostles)”.  This special price is $15.00 total for 2 copies, plus a cheap shipping cost of $2.00 (to the continental USA).  That is just $17.00 total.

To order, simply log-in to your Paypal account and send a payment ($17.00) to the following email address-based PP account-   thebranches@yahoo.com     The name on the PP account is Ken Lambert/ Abby Matzke.   In the recipient message box, please write- “November web sale” and type in your mailing address.  And any other info you would like us to know.  We will take it from there.  If you would like to order more than (2) books, please email us directly first and we could likely give more of a discount.


Many Christians believe in, or are aware of, the Calvinist doctrine of “once saved, always saved”.  Co-author Ken Lambert has just published a new article on www.taberstruths.com about the man who debated this stance and declared that Calvin’s views were not tenable or Scriptural.  To read about Jacobus Arminius, please check out the following link-


Arminius did not get voted into the Top 20 most influential Christians, which may seem odd.  In either case, this man and this subject is one that surely deserves more attention and study for any Christian.

Thank you,

Ken Lambert

New Book Review, Just In !

Abby and I are glad to relay the following excerpt and link from Mr. Harold Cameron-  a well-respected Christian book reviewer:

“My thoughts about the book: The book Top Ten Christian leaders is a who’s who of individuals who have had a tremendous impact on the Christian faith and the Church. Of course every Christian has their own top ten and the individuals included in this book might be on their list or they might not be. But one thing is for certain the ten people who are included in this book can be considered among the “movers and shakers” of the Christian faith since the Apostles.

The ten individuals written about in ten separate chapters of the book include Emperor Constantine, Athanasius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Wesley’s, Pope Paul VI, and Billy Graham. In chapter 11 the authors list influential figures 11 through 20. The individuals on that list are Arius, King Henry VIII, Philip Melanchthon, Martin Chemnitz, King James I, Pope Pius IX, Joseph Smith, C. F. W. Walther, Charles Spurgeon, and Pope John Paul II.

In each of the 10 chapters of the book the influential church figure is presented in a biographical or historical narrative form providing insightful and often times interesting information about the individual we would have never known had we not read the book. Comparisons and distinctions are made about certain individuals in the book such as is the case with John Calvin and Luther. It helps us as the reader better understand what the similarities and differences were between the individuals. It makes for a very fascinating read.

This book no doubt will spark some debate or contention because of some of the people who are included in it.

 If you are a church history buff and you like to read about the lives of individuals who in one way or another had a major impact on the church then this is a book you will surely enjoy reading – even if you do not like all of the people who are written about in the book.”

(You can read all of Harold’s review at his link-  http://thebiblesays.typepad.com/the_bible_says/2012/09/top-ten-most-influential-christians-since-the-apostles-my-thougths-about-the-book.html )

**As always, our book is available for sale at http://buy.christianbookstoday.org/  and at www.truthbookpublishers.com. **

Now Featured at Lighthouse Christian, plus new feature on Martin Luther King (the elder)-

We are proud to announce that our book, Top Ten Most Influential Christians- since the Apostles, is now available for Sale at the following fine bookstore-

The Lighthouse Christian Book & Gift Shop
860 Madison Ave, Mankato, MN / Phone: 507-345-3200

Let us know where you would like to see the book held in stock!


For those interested in Martin Luther King, you have to also learn about his father, Martin Luther King Sr.  Many do not appreciate the influence the elder, also a Baptist pastor, had on his son.  For more information, please see the following recent article written by co-author Ken Lambert:


Thank you,

Ken L.

-For direct book purchasing information, please visit  http://buy.christianbookstoday.org/

Special Book Sale, plus a new Recommendation –

In honor of our pending Independence Day, we would like to offer our book at a special discount.  For any order placed directly to us via Paypal, we will offer 10% OFF the book’s retail price, plus FREE Shipping & Handling ! (continental USA only)  For more information, please email me at   kql314  (at) yahoo.com.   Thank you.

On a related note, we offer the following recent book review-

“I have just had the pleasure of reading this useful and ever-informative work which looks at the life and trials of the ten most influential Christians since the first Apostles.  I recommend this book as a must-read for any church historian or Bible scholar.”

-Kenneth Allan Clark, Governor at Victorious Christian Ministries International  http://www.endtimes-tribulations.com/

Please also visit other ongoing works by both Abby Matzke and Ken Lambert:

Abby edits and writes for The Branches magazine, at http://www.thebranchesonline.info/

Ken writes a weekly column for a Christian news magazine at www.taberstruths.com

Thanks, and God Bless,

Ken L.

A new Review, a Writer’s Opinion, and a Link to controversial leader-

(Authors Note: Our book, both the paperback and the ebook, is available for purchase via www.truthbookpublishersstore.com  and  http://buy.christianbookstoday.org/ .  Thank you.)

First, a short and sweet book review from the director of a christian ministry regarding the urban homeless (2535mainstreet.org), Bob Sweeney-   “Its informative; its succinct.  I loved it”.

Next, we asked Miriam Westen, contributing writer and also editor of http://www.jesuscaritasest.org, to give us her thoughts on Thomas Aquinas-

What did you learn about Aquinas that you had no idea about prior to the project?
I learned how humble St. Thomas was despite his learning and fame. His adherence to the teachings of the Magisterium was also evident from his writings.
Does your impression of the person change at all, after your research and writing?
My impression changed to find a soul of deep, humble and persevering faith and love.
How did your own Faith walk change or become enhanced due to this writing project?
St. Thomas’ angelic qualities inspire my own faith life and call me to be more devoted to Jesus.
What is the most inspirational part of the Aquinas’ life, in your opinion?
The most inspirational part of this person’s life is his humility, kindness and love of God.
Do you think most Christians would benefit in a practical or spiritual way from knowing more about Aquinas?  Christians would benefit from learning more of St. Thomas Aquinas although many of his writings are complex, theologically speaking, he is a shining light of humility and devotion.************************

Lastly, please check out the following link to Taber’s Truths regarding a very influential man who lived pretty recently- and also who made our Book.  The article is written by co-author Ken Lambert-

Thank you, and Blessings.

Spotlight: Martin Luther, influential Christian-

(Authors Note: Our book, both the paperback and the ebook, is available for purchase via www.truthbookpublishersstore.com  and  http://buy.christianbookstoday.org/ .  Thank you.)
Pastor Paul Nolting, contributing writer for our book, expresses his opinions on the man whom he researched:
What is the most inspirational part of Luther’s life, in your opinion?    “I believe that the most inspirational part of Luther’s life was his knowledge of and commitment to the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God.  That knowledge and  commitment are things, unfortunately, shared by fewer and fewer Christians today.  Luther approached the Scriptures as the revelation of God’s truth.  They served as an anchor to his life, the nourisher of his soul, and the source of his great confidence.  Luther knew the Holy Scriptures well, wrote about them extensively, and dedicated his life to furthering their impact upon society.”

Do you think most Christians would benefit in a practical or spiritual way from knowing more about Luther?   “More knowledge of Martin Luther—his life and his writing would benefit people in many spiritual and practical ways.  He wrote for the common man and applied the truths of Scripture in practical ways.  His emphasis on the forgiveness of sins, received by faith alone through the grace of God alone is a great comfort to those troubled by sin and by failure.  His emphasis upon using personal gifts and talents to the glory of God in any and every vocation has widespread implications for every human being.”

More info on Pastor Nolting can be found at  http://www.immanuelmankato.org/staff/

Thank you, and God Bless.

SPOTLIGHT: John Wycliffe, influential Christian

(Authors Note: Our book, both the paperback and the ebook, is available for purchase via www.truthbookpublishersstore.com  and  http://buy.christianbookstoday.org/ .  Thank you.)
Pastor Nathanael Mayhew, contributing writer for our book, expresses his opinions on the man whom he researched:
What did you learn about Wycliffe that you had no idea about prior to the project?
When I initially filled out the survey I put Wycliffe at  number three.  I knew that he was influential in translating the Bible into English – an undertaking which we often take for granted.  What I didn’t realize was just how much of an influence he played in planting the seeds for the reformaiton          movement that would follow.  Wycliffe’s work was passed on to John Hus and ultimately to Martin Luther, as well as many others.  I had no idea that the doctrines which were questioned by the Reformers of the 1500’s were first questioned by Wycliffe two hundred years before.  If I were to fill out that same survey today, I would put Wycliffe in the number one spot.  He has had an incalculable influence on Christian history, and most people don’t even know how.
Does your impression of the person change at all, after your research and writing?  There is no doubt that my impression of Wycliffe changed as a result of what I learned.  While I always considered him the “Father of the English Bible” I see him now as the “Father of the Reformation.”  What I learned that struck me most was that          the themes of the Reformation (papal power, the authority of the Word of God, the abuse of church authority, the priesthood of all believers) were proclaimed first by Wycliffe in England.  It was also amazing to see God’s hand at work in protecting Wycliffe from the church by the English govenment at a very unique time in European history.
How did your own Faith walk change or become enhanced due to this writing project?
I am a student of history, and this study opened my eyes to see the Reformation in a much wider scope.  It helped me to understand the importance of standing up for the truth no matter what power may oppose you.  Jesus tells us to take up our cross and follow him.  When we oppose the world or even the church in order to remain faithful to God and His Word, we are doing what we have been called to do, and we can be sure that God will be with us – whether we give our life for that truth or whether he preserves us and uses our voice as a call to arms for others who will follow.
What is the most inspirational part of Wycliffe’s life,in your opinion?
His dedication to producing an English Bible when only a few people supported him is a testament to God’s grace.  He was also a vigorous student of God’s Word, and his study led him to faithfully uphold and proclaim what he had come to know.  We should all be such a student of God’s Word, and pray that God would grant us the courage to stand faithfully upon it!
Do you think most Christians would benefit in a practical or spiritual way from knowing more about Wycliffe?
I believe any Christian can benefit from learning about the life and work of John Wycliffe.  When I finished my biography on Wycliffe I gave it to my two teen-aged children to read.  Both were impressed by different aspects of Wycliffe’s life and dedication.  His life was broad and deep and it can and  will affect different people in various ways.  But the lessons to be learned are great and dynamic for each of us.  I don’t  think anyone will come away from learning about the “Morning Star of the Reformation” the same as they were before.
More information on Pastor Mayhew found at http://www.clclutheran.org/atlanta/
Thank you,
Ken L.

“Top 10 Christians” in a bookstore near You (coming soon) –

Abby and I are glad to announce that our book is now being offered/ sold via the following fine Christian bookstores:

CLC Book House
Phone: 715-836-6623 Top Ten Most Influential Christians will be arriving at the CLC Book House the weekend of May 18, 2012. The book won’t be listed online yet at that date, but can be purchased at the Book House on the campus of Immanuel Lutheran College at:  501 Grover Road, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  College Website:  http://ilc.edu/
Bethany Lutheran College Bookstore
Bookstore Website:  http://bookstore.blc.edu/ Top Ten Most Influential Christians is not listed online yet, but can be purchased at the campus bookstore at: 700 Luther Drive, Mankato, Minnesota.  College Website:  http://www.blc.edu/
Together in His Name Christian Bookstore
North Hampton, NH     For more info and location, please visit  http://www.togetherinhisname.com/home.asp
We are actively working towards partnering with more bookstores (Christian and otherwise) throughout the regions.  Thanks to these first few stores- for their support!