I'm not a Lutheran. Or a Bible History scholar. So you might be wondering why I'd choose to read a book on Martin Luther and his wife Katharina, especially since I was clueless to their life and time in history. Well, I'm a lifelong learner! If there was enough information to make a book from one chapter of author DeRusha's book 50 Women Every Christian Should Know, then it was likely worth reading!
First off, kudos to Michelle DeRusha. Her writing style and deep research made the subjects come to life. Katharina and Martin were quite the characters, and their story, even before they met, made for a rich read, more like a novel than a non-fiction book. Why has their story not been made into a movie? No one could make up the stories that outlined their life!
The intensity of their life stories are only the framework for the really important things that Martin Luther is known for, in changing the course of Christianity. Little did I know that he also spoke up on other subjects like marriage...
The book is so much more than just topics though.
The book is full of heartbreaking childhoods, history, adventure, emotions, illness, and romance. (I tell you, it really needs to be considered for the BIG screen.) It's about an unlikely love, and a deeper commitment than what most people have today. It's a life story, and a life-long story, but not JUST a story... it's so much more.
It really is the perfect read for just about anyone. Several men read the book, and it easily takes it's place on bookshelves alongside other books written of value on the life of Martin Luther. It's such a bonus that this book includes the dimension of his life at home, adding the very human side to a spiritual man.
(I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, which I give you here today.)