Review: LUTHER AND KATHARINA / Jody Hedlund

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion / Jody Hedlund
WaterBrook Press     ISBN     9781601427625
Adult     Rating:     5

luther-katharinaAward-winning author Jody Hedlund pens another award-winner with this story of the relationship between Martin Luther and his wife, Katharina von Bora.

In Luther and Katharina, Martin Luther is leading the reformation of the Catholic Church promoting the value of marriage over celibate life. As nuns and monks leave their cloistered life, it awakens in them a desire for marriage and family, even as they are persecuted for leaving their former lives. Noblewoman Katharina von Bora is one of those. She is attracted to Luther who is determined to remain single, despite his growing feelings for Katharina. Both are strong-willed individuals. Could it be God’s will that they support and love one another as husband and wife?

Hedlund showcases their relationship against the backdrop of sixteenth century Germany, weaving in carefully-researched historical detail with fiction. Katharina is a proud and strong-willed, while Luther is plagued by physical ailments and a strong sense of his mission. They become unlikely allies who support one another. Their relationship is clean, even in their expression of physical affection as a married couple.

Their love story is filled with faith and courage in the midst of a turbulent time in church history. Together they face several attempts on Luther’s life, and spies in their midst. Katharina is kidnapped to coerce Luther to do their bidding, and an unlikely ally comes to her rescue. So Luther and Katharina has romance, adventure, history, and more – a little something for everyone!

Recommended for adult readers in public and school libraries. due to the torture and violence pervasive in the sixteenth century. Luther and Katharina won the 2016 Christy Award, and was the 2016 Carol award finalist.

Carol R. Gehringer

— reprinted with permission. Christian Library Journal, 2017.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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