I didn’t even know that Katharina Luther existed. I will admit that I am extremely ignorant of a lot. I truly can end that sentence right there! However, I’m speaking of the subject of history specifically. I used to be horrifically ashamed of my lack of knowledge. It wasn’t because I wasn’t taught it, I just cannot remember tidbits that seem to be on the tip of the general population’s brains. I live in a home with a man and our oldest daughter who LOVE history and can remember countless facts and have fabulous discussions. I listen, ask questions, and still feel ill-equipped. I’m truly not writing this for any other reason that to set the background for how much I do not gravitate towards historical writings that are not fiction. I know it is just not my thing, and I’m fine with it and not ashamed at all anymore. This is because I have learned throughout all the years of my teaching that I know how to find information when I need it, and I know how to teach people to find that information. And I am really okay with that. I have also learned that Father God will bring me to people and information when He wants me to take notice. Late last year, I saw a FB post about applying for a launch team for Michelle DeRusha’s book on the marriage of Martin Luther to Katharina. I quickly realized that I did not even know that Martin Luther was married. Kris Camealy was so excited about this author and this book, and I felt the Holy One just kind of nudge me to apply. I thought this would be good for me to step out of my comfort zone and embrace this historical work and learn more about this Martin Luther character and his wife. I was thrilled when I received the email telling me I had been chosen for the launch team. I had no idea all that God would teach me through this author and her words.
To begin with, I was hooked on her writing immediately. It truly reads more like a story than biography, and I felt an immediate connection to both Katharina and Martin Luther in a way I did not expect. I wanted to learn more about them and from them.
This experience also took a rather personal turn for me that I did not expect and the timing in our current social environment could not have been more perfect. From the time I was very young, God has gifted me with the desire to question Him about things that didn’t seem to match His character. I say that He gave me this gift, because when I started this questioning of Him, I was not old enough to even truly understand His character and how the events taking place around me didn’t match. I was in a home where I was taken to church and taught from the Bible and told how much Jesus loved me, but let’s just say that women were not truly cherished the way that Jesus cherishes us. I remember God telling me in my little heart to hang on to Jesus, and He would teach me the truth. And you know, in the years to come, every verse that had been used to push women down, God taught me what He truly meant. He often would use teachers and different Bible studies. But the one He used the most was my husband. He brought an 18-year-old man into my life when I was 22 years old and showed me how much Jesus loved women and equipped women. We are made in His image too. Therein lies my worth. Nothing else mattered. I didn’t have to prove one thing or be one thing. I just had to look to Jesus and I saw His truth clearly. I believe with my whole heart after reading Michelle’s words and getting to know both Martin and Katharina, they both knew the truth of who they were very clearly as well. During a time in our history when a woman’s survival literally depended on men, Katharina took a stand and refused to marry somebody she did not like, a person she knew was not right for her. I believe with my whole heart she trusted God in that stand and in many others that she took. Her and Martin’s relationship may not have started romantically, but I get the sense that they knew God was working and building something far bigger than themselves at the time.
Reading their story was a beautiful confirmation of all that Father God has been teaching me since I was a very young girl. I cannot encourage you enough to get a copy of this treasure for your personal library. Encourage your young people to read it and get to know this couple who took incredible risks to follow God at His Word. And learn to sink into His truth and know He will fight for us. He has never stopped fighting for my me and my heart. He keeps pouring His love over me even through a history book. So, thank you, Michelle, for doing this work.
I would also love to give one of you a copy of this book. Please leave me a comment here or on my FB or IG account, and I will choose a winner tomorrow morning and send the book directly to you.