Here are some books I had the privilege of reading this past month and some brief thoughts about each one.
#1 – The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship That Invented America by Randy Petersen (published by Nelson Books, 2015). Not many know of or forget that Franklin and Whitefield were contemporaries of one another and good friends. This book, while not the most engaging of an historical book, is helpful in sketching the culture in America that helped shape two of the most significant thinkers in our nation’s past. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.
#2 – Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha (published by Baker Books, 2017). This history books tells the story of the relationship between Martin and Katharina. In it, you will enjoy reading about their sense of humor, their simple approach to marriage, and their philosophy in child-rearing. Not too many Luther biographies go into detail about his marriage to Katharina, as this one does. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.