Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House
Date of Publication: September 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 432
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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.
Praise for Loving Luther:
[Pittman] pens an exquisite tale, capturing the emotions of a nun grappling with the faith she’s always known vs. a new and unfamiliar freedom in faith. Simmering with tension of Katharina’s discontent and longings, the novel unveils a slow morphing that follows Katharina’s own personal transformation, from reverence to spirited determination in choosing her own way in the world. — Booklist
Loving Luther is a moving and rich historical romance based on Luther’s relationship with his wife Katharina. In addition, it shows how their marriage was actually significant to the Lutheran faith. Instead of dwelling on the couple’s courtship, the story goes deep into the roots of the Reformation. Luther and Katharina interrogate their faith, living out their convictions in a way that is both inspiring and profoundly human. Loving Luther has depth, and it is unexpectedly touching. Katharina and Luther, in search of a happy ending, find one another. Their love, Pittman shows, really did change the world. — Foreword Magazine
A historical novel with characters who are brave, strong and willing to take chances in times of persecution. The plot is partially based on the teachings of Martin Luther and the many lives he changed, some for the better, some for the worse. Pittman is a talented author who touches on topics that have been debated over the decades and are still being talked about today. — Romantic Times Reviews
“This isn’t a matter of an escapade, it’s an escape,
and the only safe way to escape from a place is to know that you have somewhere to escape to.”
Where to begin? Let me start by telling you that I didn’t want this story to end. I want more. I want another 1,000 pages. I want the fairy tale. Oh wait. Loving Luther is a fairy tale but with a decidedly religious twist. The romance of Katherina von Bora and Martin Luther is most definitely a fairy tale love story for the ages. No matter your religious affiliation or beliefs, Loving Luther is a must read because it is a fictional telling of real people, real heartache, real life-changing decisions, and real love.
I adore the way Allison Pittman methodically builds this story from the ground up. Rather than rushing headlong into Katherina von Bora loving Martin Luther, the author develops the characters, sets the stage, and presents the romantic outcome magnificently. Leaving the reader wanting to know more about the real people and events beyond the fictional account is the epitome of fabulous storytelling. Well done!
I’m a devout cradle Catholic but have Lutheran affiliations, so I am doubly interested in this story. I’m grateful for Martin Luther for being one of the catalysts for positive changes in Christian religion as a whole. What I find most interesting about Loving Luther is that it allows me to see Martin Luther through a more sympathetic and understanding lens, and I’m encouraged to find out more about him and the most interesting Katherina. This duo came together against so many odds and through so many obstacles, even their own stubbornness in admitting their feelings for each other.
In my humble opinion, the hallmark of a true love story is not that two people meet and fall in love but that two people find each other amidst controversy and dissonance and realize they are truly living God’s plan.
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Allison Pittman is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed novels and a three-time Christy finalist—twice for her Sister Wife series and once for All for a Story from her take on the Roaring Twenties. She lives near San Antonio, Texas, blissfully sharing an empty nest with her husband, Mike.
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