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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.
|Title: Loving Luther|
By: Allison Pittman
Number of Pages: 432
|Vendor: Tyndale House|
Publication Date: 2017
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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 vowsa choice more practical than piousbut 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. Luthers 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.
In time for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luthers challenge to the Catholic Church, Allison Pittmans Loving Luther is a moving and rich historical romance based on Luthers 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, shes 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 couples 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.
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 Katharinas discontent and longings, the novel undergoes a slow morphing that follows Katharinas own personal transformation, from reverence to spirited determination in choosing her own way in the world.
Allison Pittmans Loving Luther (Tyndale, 2017) is an engaging novel based on the life of Katharina von Bora, the nun who became Martin Luthers 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 Luthers teachings make their way into the monastery and lead Katharina along with 11 other nuns to escape. Eventually Luthers 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 Pittmans genuine flair for compelling and memorable storytelling. . . . Very highly recommended.
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 Katharinas 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 representand, 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 Katharinas first suitor. Although Pittmans 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 Pittmans (On Shifting Sand) beautifully rendered historical romance is told from the point of view of Katherina von Bora (152546), the wife of Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation. Accessible writing infused with romantic tension creates a provocative and heartwarming read.