When we returned from our June 2017 Luther Tour, the communications director at Wheaton College Church asked me to contribute a short paragraph about the trip to our church newsletter. This is what I wrote:
I grew up Lutheran, which explains why whenever I was asked “Who would you most like to meet,” I invariably answered “Martin Luther!” So to prepare for our June Reformation Tour, I excitedly read everything Luther–biographies, sermons, commentaries, theological critiques/analyses–to be conversant with the 23 Lutherans, headed by a retired professor of Church History, who comprised our tour group. Of all those books, none provided more insight into Luther as a man than Michelle DeRusha’s Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk. She offers a well-researched portrait of this amazing couple whose marriage has had such a profound, yet little-appreciated impact on marriage today. Any Protestant, after reading this book, has to feel immense pride, respect and admiration for this pair, and must be humbled by their incredible courage and faith. Although they originally married to act out their theoretical understanding of obedience to God, they eventually developed real love for one another and were mutually fulfilled in the marriage. For me, their example serves as a beacon for how to work out the two most important relationships in our lives—our relationship with our fellow human beings and our relationship with God. It was a privilege beyond measure to walk in the footsteps of this remarkable couple.