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“Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk” by Michelle DeRusha – A Review

February 6, 2017


It was my privilege to be a part of the “advance” team of readers/reviewers for Michelle’s latest book release. Released on January 31st, it is a truly remarkable and enjoyable read!

I have studied the Reformation a fair amount through the years from my seminary days until now. There are lots of books about the various reformers and how the reformation played out in various parts of Europe. None of the other books that I have read did as delightful a job of combining the historical, cultural, and sociological contexts as Michelle has done. Woven through the “tale” are stories from the monasteries, convents, cities, and towns in the era of Martin and Katharina Luther.

Michelle admits that the “source documents” surrounding Katharina herself are sparse, but she has done a masterful job of weaving the larger history of the convents and monasteries into the story of Martin and Katharina. At the end of the book, I felt like I had been a part of a very intimate and informative discussion around the coffee table (or perhaps around the table with a stein of Katharina’s homebrewed beer which her husband favored!) with the characters. Michelle has done a great job of blending storytelling with historical research.

The end result is an informative and engaging look into the lives of Martin and Katharina. Bravo, Michelle! A must read for anyone who wants to learn more about the “human side” of the Reformation!

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  1. Michael, I would have loved to be an advanced reader of Michelle’s latest book but unfortunately the timing wasn’t good for me. Though the subject matter interests me a lot and this is definitely one to add to my ever-growing wish list of books to be read! πŸ™‚

    • Oh I know about that list (and the stack next to my side of the bed!)… if only to find the time and the energy to do that reading!!

      • You, too?! I have a large library on the Kindle and heaving shelves full of books, and yet I am always longing to read more. Maybe that’s partly what heaven is for. There will finally be time to catch up on our lists! πŸ˜ŠπŸ“š

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