Book Reviews,  History

loving luther

Germany, 1505


In the dark of night, Katharina von Bora says the bravest good-bye a six-year-old can muster and walks away as the heavy convent gate closes behind her.

Though the cold walls offer no comfort, Katharina soon finds herself calling the convent her home. God, her father. This, her life. She takes her vows—a choice more practical than pious—but in time, a seed of discontent is planted by the smuggled writings of a rebellious excommunicated priest named Martin Luther. Their message? That Katharina is subject to God, and no one else. Could the Lord truly desire more for her than this life of servitude?

In her first true step of faith, Katharina leaves the only life she has ever known. But the freedom she has craved comes with a price, and she finds she has traded one life of isolation for another. Without the security of the convent walls or a family of her own, Katharina must trust in both the God who saved her and the man who paved a way for rescue. Luther’s friends are quick to offer shelter, but Katharina longs for all Luther has promised: a home, a husband, perhaps even the chance to fall in love.

Loving Luther was a book that I was looking forward to reading with a bit of trepidation. I was looking forward to it because I was looking forward to a unique perspective on the reformation, and I hadn’t seen a book told from Katharina’s perspective before. The trepidation came in because I am sure someone could take a story like Martin Luther’s and Katharina von Bora’s and turn it into something that is way too…..descriptive in it’s romance. I don’t need all the details, thank you very much.

I was surprised — the romance aspect was certainly not the highlight of the book, which was nice. I learned quite a bit about convent life in the 1500’s, which I had never really delved into before. But, I was also disappointed, in that there wasn’t much I learned about Luther or the reformation period through reading it. It was mostly about the life of Katharina von Bora, a young nun who escaped the convent.

The story line was marvelous, especially knowing it was a tale based on true events. I was moved by the transformation of the nuns who left the convent, how they were willing to escape all most of them had known to face an unknown world and have more freedom to worship Christ. As an historical fiction book, it was quite accurate. I do feel it could have used more detail about the reformation period and all that went on during that time, but otherwise it was an enjoyable read. It was definitely not my favourite book about the 1500’s, but it wasn’t my least favourite, either.

So the big question: will I read this again or recommend it to anybody else? Yes, I probably will read it again, and if someone mentioned an interest in Katharina von Bora I would absolutely loan it out to them.

**I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for posting this review.
I did not have to enjoy or endorse the book.**
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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

One Comment

  • Bekah

    I have heard of this book and even saw it in Barnes and Noble last weekend when I stopped in there. It sounded intriguing, but, like you, I was concerned about the romance and if they were going to “warp” the story to focus more on the romance then the actual historical events. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I might see if I can borrow this book from the library.

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