Martin Luther is one of my favorite historical figures, so you can imagine how excited I was to get an email to help promote Jody Hedlund's latest book Luther and Katharina. Honestly, there are not many inspirational/historical fiction that takes place in the 1500's and I love stories set during this time period. This book had the characters, pacing and detailed setting that I love about Jody Hedlund's books combined with a huge dose of history. I was one happy reader!
Luther and Katharina is the story of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora. While the focus is on their relationship, it also is rich in history about the reformation. This turbulent time in history is brought to life in a way that showcases the importance of Luther's work and the sacrifices he made. I loved how the book showed both his strengths and his weaknesses. It made him seem so human, not some faint echo in a history book.
It took awhile before I liked Katharina. She came off almost annoyingly headstrong. I may or may not be able to relate to her personality... By the end of the book I found myself wanting to know more about this strong woman who forsake the life she knew and married a man who was willing to give his life for his beliefs.
I found this book to be very inspirational. It had me reflecting on the past, comparing it to the present and left me wanting to have the spiritual strength portrayed in the book. I will definitely be recommending this one.
You can learn more about the book here.
Jody Hedlund also has an excellent blog that is full of book news and writing advice.
If you want to purchase a copy you can do so here, or at your favorite book retailer.
I received a copy of this book to review thanks to Waterbrook Press and the author.