Left at a convent by her father as a small child, Katharina von Bora knows little about life outside cloistered walls. Though she takes her vows and maintains dear friendships, a part of Katharina still chafes under the strict way of life she has chosen. When the writings of Martin Luther begin finding their way into the convent walls, though, Kat begins to look at her life-- and her faith-- in a much different way. With the help of Luther and his friends, Katharina a group of fellow nuns escape the convent to embark on a new adventure. Without a family to support her, Kat must live in the homes of Luther's friends and supporters while the reformer himself tries to find a husband for her. Will Katharina learn to navigate life outside a religious order? Will she trade one life of service for another, or dare to risk her heart for a chance at love and a family?
Allison Pittman tells a compelling story of both love and faith in Loving Luther. Rather than focusing on Martin and Katharina as a couple, like Luther and Katharina, Pittman simply tells Katharina's story... and what what in intriguing story it is! From a fascinating look into life inside 16th century convents, to the dangers and details of the Reformation and its leaders, I couldn't put the book down. As a proud protestant, I've always loved this era or church history, but I also appreciated Pittman's tact in not maligning our Catholic brothers and sisters. I loved than women of deep, abiding faith existed both inside and outside convent walls. As with all of Pittman's works, this one was excellently researched, superbly written, rich in historical detail, and full of compelling characters.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.