2017 is the 500th anniversary the Protestant Reformation. In the five hundred years since the Reformation begin many biographical accounts have been told of the reformers, from that of Luther, Calvin, Bullinger, Zwingli, Knox, and Cranmer, just to name a few. Yet most of these works focus on the life of the reformer, for instance in a biography of Martin Luther the majority of the book with focus on his life and very little would be focused on his marriage to Katharina, a marriage which should be famous but is sadly lost in the shadows of the greatness that was Martin Luther’s life. This marriage is explored in great detail in the new book, Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway nun and Renegade Monk, by Michelle De Rusha and published by Baker books.
Katharina and Martin Luther explores their important marriage, and DeRusha makes it captivating from beginning to end. Without giving the account of their lives away, this work is scholarly yet readable by all. If one just looks at the biography section in the book the this notion can easily be seen. Yet there are some areas which could be expanded upon, yet this would have made the work far too long and extended the basic premise too far. Needless to say this marriage, which was a radical thought at the time, is more or less the expected portrait for marriage in Ministry, having the minister discipling his family and congregants while keeping the most heart-wrenching hearts of his ministry out of the home as much as possible.
Katharina was a strong woman who helped a a great theologian teach the word of God through her ministry to her husband, this is the case with most Christ centered marriages with minsters and their spouse. In this she helped others to seek God where he may be found and Aid in helping others Proclaim it to any and all who’ll hear. I hope that my spouse and I taking note of what the losers did in focusing on Christ as the center of their relationship, so that my marriage and all who read this work will fulfill their purpose to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Baker Books Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway nun and Renegade Monk
© 2017 by Michelle DeRusha
Publisher: Baker Books
Page Count: 320 Pages