Review: Katharina and Martin Luther

        `Katharina and Martin Luther` is a biography written by author Michelle DeRusha. Michelle DeRusha is also the author of `50 Women Every Christian Should Know`. You can learn more about her by visiting her blog at

        I picked this book to review because I liked the cover and wanted to learn more about Martin Luther. The book includes a detailed map with a key that shows where each was living during certain time periods and several pictures scattered throughout the book. October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

        Instead of totally focusing on Martin Luther and the Reformation the author also focuses on their marriage and domestic life. Michelle's research came from `The American Edition of Luther's Works` and his `Table Talk`. The reader can learn more about the sources in the endnotes and the selected bibliography organized by theme.

        While reading the Bible for himself, specifically Romans 1:17, Luther came to realize the Roman Catholic church was built on works-based salvation, rather than grace-based. The more he studied the Bible the more he realized salvation is grace-based and only comes through Christ Jesus.

        With assurance, Katharina asked Martin to marry her putting the ball in his court. Eventually, he did marry her but he admits he didn't love her, he regarded her with mistrust as someone proud and arrogant. But he figured it would please God so he married her. (see page 152) It also appears Katharina didn't marry Luther for love either. She married him because of limited options. Their marriage may be the most famous in Christian history.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

About The Author:

Michelle DeRusha is the author of 50 Women Every Christian Should Know. She publishes a monthly column on religion and spirituality for the Lincoln Journal Star and writes about faith in the everyday on her blog, She lives with her husband and their two boys in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Where to Purchase


5.5 x 8.5
Pub. Date
Jan 2017


Sandee said…
Wow, a loveless marriage. How interesting. I'm guessing there are more of these out there than this one.

Have a fabulous day, Michelle. ☺

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