at those people who lived and died [during the] Reformation and know that they are just as real as we are, that we are more alike than we are different, I guess that is the key to loving history.

How has your experience researching and writing about Katharina’s life influenced your everyday life and faith? What is maybe most paramount for me is that in

everything I do each day—whether it is cooking, or caring for grandchildren, or planting gardens or waking up early in the morning and loving it—I feel a kinship with her in that way. ... The little things of life all built together to make something that really was part of the change of not only her society, but Western civilization at that time. I don’t think [Luther] could have done what he did without her. I truly think if she were here today, she would

understand us and we would understand her. ... You wouldn’t think of her as a name in a history book, but someone who dared to be a forerunner for the rest of us.

Cara Strickland writes about food and drink, singleness, faith and mental health from her home in the Northwest (

Portrait of Katharina von Bora by Lucas Cranach the Elder Clergy Moving Services I think she was a stubborn person. I don’t know,

but I surmise that [Luther] really got interested in her when she turned down these other husbands. I think he had never met a woman who was his match before, and maybe he thought, “Well, maybe I have something to learn after all.” She married him with the full knowledge that

she would be shamed, that people would point fingers at her, because here was a monk and a nun—people who had promised to be celibate their entire lives—suddenly getting married. People were not good to her. When you look at the Scriptures that she liked, it was often “I have been through much travail” and that sort of thing. So she was brave, but she had to be real. That,

I think, is the thing that people nowadays have to accept about historical figures—they were real people who hurt and cried and laughed and had joy or otherwise. There are some poignant quotations from Luther about her reactions and demeanor when her two daughters died, and then, at the end, when he was gone, how she said, “He was my best friend. There’s nobody else I can talk to.” She was a real woman, and if our folks today can look

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