Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

From the publisher:
In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.
His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself. 
Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different. 
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love. 
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

This book amazed me.  And shocked me.  It made me realize that I really had  no idea of what the Reformation was like and what everyone went through.  Jody Hedlund's research and historical accuracy will blow you away.  As I read this book what kept hitting me was that this was not just a novel, but real life.  The things in this book (for the most part) came from history itself.  And even if all the instances didn't happen exactly like that to one person, it probably happened to someone like that. 

Luther's character was written so well and it was eye opening to see his struggles and the immense amount of pressure that he was under during this time from peasants, princes, his friends, and himself.  Katharina's character allowed me to see that even when a person joined the Reformation they probably did so in stages. Not all at once.

This book deal with some very horrible times but it also showed what those during that time suffered to give us today.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

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