My review from Amazon:
"A book on the Lutheran confessions (or any confessional corpus) can go wrong in one of 2 directions.
Such a book can be an unvarnished tribute, that sees no difficulties and no challenges in the confessions.
Or a book can be slam on the confessions, a slash and burn coverage.
Schlink walks a via media, managing to provide a critical (in the best sense of the word) overview of the confessions while at the same time standing under the confessions as a faithful student, learning, questioning, and helping the reader to do so at the same time.
This is a challenging, engaging read, and was helpful both personally and ecclesiastically. I highly recommend it.
I'd especially recommend the appendix, where Schlink works through some of the tough questions about the confessions and their engagement with the scriptures and the church fathers."