The book came to me from a good friend, a birthday gift that she tucked into my hands just as we were saying goodbye. I had heard of it months earlier when I was at a radio show recording about the Reformation, an interview between Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Erwin Lutzer. In that talk, Erwin Lutzer referenced a book about the famous marriage of the fiery Wittenberg monk.
It was Michelle DeRusha's Katharina and Martin Luther.
Books have a winding way of coming to us, and an even more winding way of being read. A story that surrounds the story.
This book is definitely one worth reading.
I also really enjoyed the look at 16th-century culture. Because we don't know a lot about Katie (only a few of her letters survived) we're stuck with filling in scattered facts of her life from Table Talk and other sources. But by exploring how people lived during those times, we can get a good picture of what her daily life looked like. The amount of cooking required, as well as the disturbing and unhygienic medicines of the times, gave me a high respect for her energy and a strong contentment with living in the 21st century.
Michelle DeRusha's book is engaging, historical, and easy to read. A biography well worth picking up, great to read and discuss with daughters, and beautifully bound to set beside other books on your bookshelf.