Wednesday, July 26
Loving Luther by Allison Pittman
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 vows—a choice more practical than pious—but 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. Luther’s 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 Loving Luther, Allison Pittman has brought to life a well known historical character, Martin Luther. It has definitely piqued my interest to learn more about the man and the profound effect he had on what we believe today.
I loved the story of the nuns in the convent, and especially Katharina. When she chose to leave the convent after she was began to question what she had learned and lived her entire life, it was frightening and uncertain for her. However, she and the other nuns left their safe and structured life in the convent, and had no idea what their future would hold.
Although a fictional account, I found this entire story to be a transparent and honest disclosure of the discontent in the church of many centuries ago. It also reinforced in my mind that we owe a lot to Martin Luther.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction based on real characters.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.