The name Calvin strikes cords of admiration or disgust, appreciation or conflict. Regardless of the feeling his name evokes, this prolific writer left his mark on history. Like any mortal man, he did not reach perfection, but his systematic theology helped shake the world from the oppressive rule of the Roman Catholic church. His Geneva experiment helped pave the road for the new form of government under God that made the United States prosper. This reformer, as much as any, helped break the usurped power of the papacy and reinstate the all-powerful God on the throne as the sovereign ruler in life and death. Whether you adore Calvin or abhor him, you need to know about the man. Original source materials should be used to study famous people. This biography is commended to readers as a first-hand account written by Calvin's personal associate and friend, Theodore Beza. Those who view Calvin as stern and uncaring may be pleasantly surprised to discover a man with deep affection as well as a passion for truth. One appendix even gives a glimpse of his special wife and their tender relationship.