Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Book Review: "Luther and Katharina"

Jody Hedlund's newest novel is a slightly new development in her writing, yet she handled it beautifully. Though historical Christian fiction is her genre, I think this is the first time she's chosen characters who were really real. She chose to tell her readers the love story of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora, set right in the middle of the reformation in Germany.

Throughout the story, Luther is caught up in all things religion and politics, trying to bring about needed societal changes while discouraging hatred and violence. A symbol of reformation, his life isn't always his own, especially when it comes to making decisions regarding marriage and family.

Katharina von Bora is an escaped nun, seeking a new life according to Luther's teaching. She lives with tension and uncertainty, afraid she'll be captured and returned to the life she left, afraid she'll never find acceptance, family, or love.

Hedlund tells her readers that most of the events in this fictionalized account really happened, so I enjoyed learning more about the lives of these people and events of the time. I also found the story as Hedlund told it fascinating. Her Luther and Katharina reminded me a little of Shakespeare's main characters in The Taming of the Shrew. If they were really both that stubborn, their marriage was a miracle ordained by God.

I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I recommend it to anyone who loves reading historical fiction.

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