Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund

Book Description:  She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.  

In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.

His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself. 

Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different. 
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love. 
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

My Thoughts:  I think it's interesting that when we think of Martin Luther, the reformer, that we don't usually think of this great man having a wife.
And since Martin Luther is known as a German priest in the Catholic church we don't usually think of him and his romantic loves.
Jody Hedlund writes an intriguing story about Katharina von Bora a nun of noble birth and Martin Luther who at times is a little "rough around the edges."
This was a most interesting love story about two most unusual type of people to fall in love.
Jody Hedlund has done a fantastic job in researching Martin Luther's life as well as the Catholic church.
Martin Luther makes an enlightening statement about priests and nuns and that God did not intend for man to be unmarried and so, his statement comes back to "haunt." him because as Martin Luther promotes marriage Katharina who is a German nun of noble birth begins to fall in love with Martin Luther...only a marriage that God could bring together.
A fun and delightful read!

*This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah*
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160142762X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601427625

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