Read Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation: The Unconventional Life of Katharina von Bora Online Free - Katharina von Bora, wife of Martin Luther, was by any measure the First Lady of the Reformation. A strong woman with a mind of her own, she would remain unknown to us were it not for her larger than life husband. Unlike other noted Reformation women, her primary vocation was not related to ministry. She was a farmer and a brewer with a boarding house the size of a Holiday Inn - and all that with a large family and nursing responsibilities. In many ways, Katie was a modern woman - a Lean In woman or a modern-day version of a Proverbs 31 woman. Katharina's voice echoes among modern women, wives and mothers who have carved out a career of their own.
Decisive and assertive, she transformed Martin Luther into at least a practicing egalitarian. Katharina was a full partner who was a no-nonsense, confident and determined woman, a starke Frau who did not cower when confronted by a powerful man.
Ruth Tucker invites readers to visit Katie Luther in her sixteenth-century village life - with its celebrations and heartaches, housing, diet, fashion, childbirth, child-rearing and gender restrictions - and to welcome her today into our own living rooms and workplaces.
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December 17, 2017
There is not much known about Katie, so the book sometimes seems to have a lot of filler. It placed emphasis on gender discrimination a little too much for my taste as well - I like the facts with out the biographer’s inferences included when it comes to reporting on someone’s life.
August 17, 2017
If you have not heard by now. 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Due to this a cultural phenomenon has occurred in which a plethora of books relating to the Reformation have been produced. Of all of the books produce a majority of them have been biographies on Martin Lut...
January 08, 2018
This book was so painful for me to read. I wanted to learn about "the unconventional life of Katharina von Bora" but the whole of it would make a pamphlet apparently. To fill the void the author repeats herself ENDLESSLY and fills the rest with details about other women who she thinks compare or...
February 24, 2018
Although a very fascinating read, there was way too many comparison stories, and often too much historical context that by the time she resumed the story, I had forgotten where we were up to. I wonder whether the extra information irrelevant to the life of Katie or Luther was a filler? Or maybe t...
October 02, 2017
As my Kindle marker shows 17%, I couldn't stand it anymore. Right from the very first sentence, this book is a series of almost endless lengthy detours to characters and eras that overcast their blinding spotlight on Katharina and her era. It seems that, alongside streams of what-ifs, in reading...
February 06, 2018
I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to know more about the strong woman that made beer for Martin and weathered the storm of the Reformation.
The problem, even acknowledged by the author, is that there really isn't much surviving information about Katie Luther. Most of the book is specula...
November 01, 2017
I didn't even finish the book. So little is known about Katie that this author had to fluff up her pages by multiple rabbit trails outside of the 16th century and sources that have nothing to do with Katharina von Bora. The author also takes a rather negative view of Luther, slanting quotes I hav...
January 23, 2018
A rare insight into the woman behind Martin Luther. She defies our concept of what we believe women went through in that era, and shows how very true it is that behind every good man is a good woman.
February 05, 2018
Good book but slow at times.
September 19, 2017
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. Some speculation, but a solid, well written read even though it took me a bit to get into it.