Katharina and Martin Luther – Michelle Derusha

Katharina and Martin Luther

The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk
by Michelle DeRusha
Baker Books, Baker Publishing Group.
ISBN: 9780801019104
PRICE: $19.99

“Katharina and Martin Luther” by Michelle Derusha is the riveting life story of the revolutionary marriage of one of the most extraordinary and intriguing couples in Christian history. Beating all odds and silencing all critics, this most unlikely and unusual wedding blossomed into the most tender of love stories, offering illuminating insights into Christian history, highlighting their profound impact upon Christian marriage, reverberating down the corridors of time until today, over five centuries later. It portrays Luther as a family patriarch and honors Katharina, a woman with a pivotal role in shaping the institution of Christian marriage as it is today. This legendary couple experienced supreme joy and bitter grief, moments of triumph and weary travail in the wings of time. This book shines the searching spotlight on their private lives and offers powerful insights into the twenty-first-century concept of Christian marriage. The impact of this marriage was said to be as great in the social sphere as the Ninety-five Theses in the religious sphere. Theirs is the story of the joys and sorrows of marriage, and faith in God’s providence. Michelle DeRusha portrays the passionate struggles in the Luthers’ private lives as well as their theological wrestlings in the religious sphere. In a penetrating, revealing, behind-the-scenes look at a legendary Christian couple, this book illustrates how God’s transforming grace leaves an eternal legacy in the lives of Christian believers in all ages. This is what God designed Christian marriage to be: an allegiance and obedience to Him that glorifies Him, and faithfulness to each other, a true picture of Christ’s relationship to His bride, the Church. This book introduces us to the customs and cultural context of the times, as well as the historical significance of Katharina and Martin Luther’s lives, the scalding opposition they faced when they got married and the bitter harassment the former nun, Katharina faced as Martin Luther’s widow. Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses charted a new course for the Church. This is a powerful glimpse of Luther’s life and ministry in Reformation Germany, sparking a Christian revolution lit by the flames of conviction. “Katharina and Martin Luther” is a living testament to the awesome power of surrender in a future in which courage and truth play a most important role. This book is well researched and entirely user friendly. In many ways, the Luthers’ story is our story, too. I highly recommend this inspiring book.

Miriam Jacob

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