There was a time in Christendom when religious persecution was the norm; when everyone in a Christian nation was expected to believe and accept one Christian denomination, no questions asked. To be a renegade meant imprisonment and/or death, if you were caught. Before the early 1500s, few dared to go against the laws of one accepted Christian denomination- then came one monk who reshaped the face of Christianity forever, Martin Luther.
Martin Luther’s writings and teachings challenged people to think outside what they had been told to believe for centuries and encouraged them to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and experience the beauty of marriage as God created it. Many people left the ways of the accepted church of that time to follow his teachings on the Bible. Monks and Nuns left convents and many were imprisoned and killed for leaving and riots were sparked amongst people. Martin, himself, did not desire to marry until one escaped Nun caught his eye and changed his thinking- Katharina von Bora.
Luther and Katharina is a fantastic story, worthy of motion picture production, written by Jody Hedlund that is based on the love, passions, adventures, and daringness of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora. It is based on the time between when Katharina flees the abbey up until the birth of their first son, Hans. Jody does a great job to create a real page turner that is closely based off of their actual lives and struggles and scattered with Luther’s actual quotes. This is a book you will not want to put down and is a great story for those who enjoy history, romance, or action packed novels.
Though this book is very Christian and clean in detail, I would not recommend this book for anyone who is a young teen or younger as it does deal with some very sensitive subjects and violence not suitable for young eyes. Luther and Katharina is a fascinating book you will not want to pass up.
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