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Meet Katharina von Bora through this historical fiction describing in her own words the romance she shared with Martin Luther.

As a young child, Katharina von Bora was left at a catholic convent, later taking vows to become a nun. She secretly read articles written by Martin Luther, an excommunicated priest who changed the course of history at the beginning of the protestant reformation. Katharina begins questioning her service to the Lord and eventually leaves the convent. She finds she yearns for a home, a husband and a family and wants all of that as Mrs. Katharina Luther.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1414390459
ISBN-13: 9781414390451

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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.

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Pittman (On Shifting Sand, 2015) pens an exquisite tale based on the limited historical sources about Katharina von Bora, capturing the emotions of a nun grappling with the idea of bondage to the church versus a new and unfamiliar freedom in faith. Simmering with the tension of Katharina’s discontent and longings, the novel undergoes a slow morphing that follows Katharina’s own personal transformation, from reverence to spirited determination in choosing her own way in the world.
Allison Pittman’s Loving Luther (Tyndale, 2017) is an engaging novel based on the life of Katharina von Bora, the nun who became Martin Luther’s wife. The story portrays Katharina as a smart and feisty girl who ends up in a nunnery when her father remarries. Years later, smuggled snippets of Luther’s teachings make their way into the monastery and lead Katharina along with 11 other nuns to escape. Eventually Luther’s and her intellectual sparring and friendship turn to love and marriage.
An original, carefully crafted, and absorbingly entertaining read from beginning to end, “Loving Luther” showcases author Allison Pittman’s genuine flair for compelling and memorable storytelling. . . . Very highly recommended.
A historical novel with characters who are brave, strong and willing to take chances in times of persecution. The plot is partially based on the teachings of Martin Luther, an excommunicated priest from 1500s Germany, and the many lives he changed, some for the better, some for the worse. Pittman is a talented author who touches on topics that have been debated over the decades and are still being talked about today.
In time for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s challenge to the Catholic Church, Allison Pittman’s Loving Luther is a moving and rich historical romance based on Luther’s relationship with his wife, Katharina. In addition, it shows how their marriage was actually significant to the Lutheran faith.

Katharina von Bora expected to spend her life married to God. After taking vows in the convent where she was raised, though, she finds that her new relationship with God is different from that which the nuns raised her to have: “I was subject to God, and to no one else.”

Her sense of freedom and empowerment is tangible, and her inner fire is sparked again by a letter from Martin Luther, in whom she finds a spiritual partner. Soon, she’s embroiled in a crisis of faith that touches the very heart of the Reformation.

Loving Luther is a sophisticated, provocative novel. Instead of dwelling on the couple’s courtship, the story goes deep into the roots of the Reformation. Luther and Katharina interrogate their faith, living out their convictions in a way that is both inspiring and profoundly human.

Loving Luther is a novel with depth, and it is unexpectedly touching. Katherina and Luther, in search of a happy ending, find one another. Their love, Pittman shows, really did change the world.
Sent by her impecunious father and hostile stepmother to a convent at age six, Katharina von Bora, whose noble family has seen better days, overcomes her considerable doubts and takes her vows when she reaches the appropriate age. But Katharina’s fellow nun, Girt, has a secret suitor, Hans, who begins to slip the writings of the religious reformer Martin Luther into the convent. Slowly, Katharina is drawn to the message they represent—and, once she and eleven of her fellow nuns escape the cloister, to the reformer himself. It is the young student Jerome Baumgartner, however, who becomes Katharina’s first suitor. Although Pittman’s previous novels have been set in the United States, she feels quite at home in 16th-century Wittenberg. Her prose is engaging and her characters are well-drawn, reminding us that these towering religious figures were also human beings, with human foibles and human loves and losses. This novel should be of interest not only to readers of Christian fiction, but to readers of general historical fiction as well.
Katharina von Bora gave her heart to Martin Luther after reading his treatise, “The Freedom of a Christian.” Years later, she has an opportunity to meet the man whose words led to his excommunication by the pope from the Roman Catholic Church. Katharina is captivated by his fervor, and her expectations are only enhanced by their meeting. Luther is also enchanted but unwilling to foist his simple life as a clergyman upon a woman he feels deserves much more than he can give. As their friendship deepens, Luther realizes that his heart can hold two loves: God and Katharina. VERDICT Pittman’s (On Shifting Sand) beautifully rendered historical romance is told from the point of view of Katherina von Bora (1525–46), the wife of Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation. Accessible writing infused with romantic tension creates a provocative and heartwarming read.

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  1. Mrs ARS
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Her Job
    November 22, 2017
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Loving Luther by Allison Pittman is the second story I have read about Martin Luther and his bride Katharina von Bora, and it was especially poignant as this is the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. This story focuses more on Katharina, how she came to the convent, her growing up years and her decision to become a nun, to her escape on that fateful Easter when she meets Martin Luther face to face, and her 'loves' after. I really enjoyed the historical detail the author gave to Katharina, a woman who was to become Mrs. Luther and what type of person she may have been. We are given a very detailed account of the two years of her freedom from the convent and the patronage of the wealthy who hosted her.

    Martin Luther was a complex man it seems, and I liked how author Pittman portrayed him. A man powerfully used by God, hated by the Church, but yet undoubtedly a flawed human. From the beginning I knew he needed someone like Katharina by his side.

    This was an interesting period in history as not only was the world waking up from the medieval era, but also God's people was waking up from the fierce and oftentimes corrupt rule of the Roman Catholic church. To read the Bible on your own in your own language, which we often take for granted, was quite a discovery and an enlightenment of that time.

    This was much more Katharina's story than Luther's; I only wish we could have seen more of the romance between the two of them. However given who they were in history I could see their romance progressing just as the author wrote it. And I do think she did them justice.

    I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
  2. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    GOD loved them both
    November 1, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Loving Luther - eBook.
    Loving Luther is the true story of the love story of Katharina and Martin Luther. Katharine was left off as a child as a convent and raised there and talk to believe their way . Until she received a slip in contraband so-called, as it were as it were, in from Luther and then began the relationship and her questioning her beliefs also began. She also started to fall for the man as well , and eventually she ............Oh no I am not going to tell you the rest it is heartstrings pulling, courageous, scary for her, faith standing, faith believing, faith following, and romantic.
  3. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    GOD loved them both
    November 1, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
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    This review was written for Loving Luther.
    Loving Luther is the true story of the love story of Katharina and Martin Luther. Katharine was left off as a child as a convent and raised there and talk to believe their way . Until she received a slip in contraband so-called, as it were as it were, in from Luther and then began the relationship and her questioning her beliefs also began. She also started to fall for the man as well , and eventually she ............Oh no I am not going to tell you the rest it is heartstrings pulling, courageous, scary for her, faith standing, faith believing, faith following, and romantic.
  4. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    GOD loved them both
    November 1, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Loving Luther is the true story of the love story of Katharina and Martin Luther. Katharine was left off as a child as a convent and raised there and talk to believe their way . Until she received a slip in contraband so-called, as it were as it were, in from Luther and then began the relationship and her questioning her beliefs also began. She also started to fall for the man as well , and eventually she ............Oh no I am not going to tell you the rest it is heartstrings pulling, courageous, scary for her, faith standing, faith believing, faith following, and romantic.
  5. Enchanting Rose
    Colorado
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Read Loving Luther...You will be inspired, encouraged, and emboldened
    October 17, 2017
    Enchanting Rose
    Colorado
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have always enjoyed Allison Pittman's writings and once again she weaves a tale that is rich in history. Because of the limited resources and information on Katharina von Bora, Allison had to "fill in the blanks" concerning Katharina's life. The author painted a picture. . .a beautiful and inspiring picture. . . of a woman who is considered one of the most important participants of the Reformation. Katharina played an important role in helping to define Protestant family life and she helped set the tone for clergy marriages.

    "Do you know when I first heard your voice?" Not from the confessional, and not in that day in Togau, when you asked about the women. Not the sounds you make when you speak, but your voice? It was months before. Years, even, when I held a scrap of paper with your writing. 'The Freedom of a Christian.'"-{Loving Luther - pg. 398}

    The characters are courageous, bold, dauntless, and valiant in the face of persecution all for the Lord Jesus Christ. They are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure God's Truth is proclaimed among the people. Loving Luther goes deep into the history of the Reformation.

    Read Loving Luther, my friends. You will be inspired, encouraged, and emboldened when you read about Martin Luther, Katharina von Bora, and what the believers faced in the 1500's. A five star book!

    ** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **
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