Discerning the Voice of God

What does the insanity plea in a court of law have to do with hearing the voice of God? Consider the following story.

The Origins of the Insanity Plea

On June 20th, 1843, a man wearing a top hat and tails exited the front door of 10 Downing Street in London. Unbeknownst to him, he was followed by a Scottish woodcutter, Daniel McNaughton. A short distance later, McNaughton drew a weapon in the middle of the crowd of people a fired into the man’s back. The man died five days later from his wounds.

The man killed was Edmund Drummond the secretary to the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel. McNaughton had mistaken Drummond for Peel. He had intended to kill Peel because he believed that the government was persecuting him and trying to kill him.

During McNaughton’s trial, nine witnesses testified that McNaughton was insane. He was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity. The aftermath of the trial was the codification of what became the McNaughton rules, the standard for the establishment of the insanity defense.

One of the primary standards under the McNaughton rules was the ability to know right from wrong. In order for a defendant to effectively use an insanity defense, he would have to prove that he didn’t know what he was doing, or didn’t know what he was doing was wrong. For instance, if someone sliced another’s throat, but actually thought he slicing a loaf of bread, he could be declared insane because he didn’t know what he was doing. However, he could also be declared insane if he cut off the person’s head in their sleep because he thought it would be fun to watch them try to find it after they awoke. In this latter case, he wouldn’t have understood it was wrong.

Knowing Right from Wrong

Likewise, Christians can be saved from spiritual insanity if they have a wise, discerning heart to determine what’s right and what’s wrong. In this article, I hope to help you develop a strong spirit that correctly discerns right from wrong. Everything God says is right. Everything that disagrees with what God says is wrong. Therefore, the key to understanding right and wrong is being able to discern the voice of God.

If the only voice that spoke to us was the Holy Spirit, that would be easy. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In addition to the Spirit’s voice, we also hear the voice of our flesh, the speech of the world’s system, or voices from the pit of hell that try to dissuade us from walking the straight and narrow path that God sets for us.

The Voice of Our Flesh

To begin with, we must separate the voice of God’s Spirit from the voice of our own flesh. Paul tells his disciples. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” – Galatians 5:16-18 NKJV. Our own flesh carries us away from God’s word to our spirits when we, like Eve, see the tasty fruit on the forbidden tree. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” – Genesis 3:6 NKJV.

The World’s Propaganda

We must also be aware of the world’s propaganda that speaks to our hearts. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.” – 1 John 2:15-16 NKJV.

Always be suspicious of “new” ideas that contradict the wisdom of the ages. Things like, “Science has proven that the Bible is simply a myth!” Or, “All talk of a spiritual world beyond the material is just wishful thinking!” Maybe you have heard this one, “There is no such thing as sin. You can do anything you would like, as long as no animals are harmed.” Okay, that last one is an exaggeration, but you get the point.

Technology has advanced and we have a gateway to all kinds of information that formerly was inaccessible. However, our knowledge does not mean we are more wise. Knowledge does not equal truth. Don’t be fooled by the supposedly new ideas the world tries to feed us.

An Angel of Light

Finally, sometimes the voice may be the same one that Jesus heard after fasting in the wilderness for 40 days. Satan, or one of his fallen spirits, will speak to our hearts in a very deceptive way. His voice may sound a lot like God, to the undiscerning. Paul tells us that at times, men will pass themselves off as “false apostles” and then says this, “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14 NKJV.

It is almost a cliché. A tortured soul commits some unspeakable act. He then tells the media as he is led away in handcuffs, “God told me to do it.” I don’t know the source of the voice they heard, but I can guarantee you, it wasn’t God’s.

When Satan appeared to Jesus, Jesus was able to counter all of his temptations by quoting the standard of truth, the Bible. Likewise, we should be taking in the scriptures daily in preparation for the day that Satan speaks to our heart.

The Three Faces of Temptation

Take note of these three temptations used against the Lord. After forty days in the wilderness without food, Jesus was very hungry. Satan appealed to Jesus’ flesh. “…. command this stone to become bread.” – Luke 4:3 NKJV. The second was Jesus’ eyes, “Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.” – Luke 4:5 NKJV. The devil offered to exchange all of the kingdoms for Jesus’ worship.

And finally, Satan appealed to Jesus’ ego. “Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.’” – Luke 4:9 NKJV. What a spectacle this would have been! All the people worshipping, all the priests serving, see Jesus floating down from the tippy top of the temple. He would lightly touch down with a flourish and exclaim, “Ta-da!” But Jesus knew this wasn’t the plan, so he resisted once again.

Also, note, the same three ways that the world tries to deceive – “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” And also the ways Eve was tempted, “the woman saw that the tree was good for food (the flesh), that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise (pride).” We should guard against appeals to our appetites, anything that looks nice like a new car or expensive clothes, or whatever makes us feel important or boosts our ego. I’m not saying that anything that appeals to us on these bases is bad. We just should be careful about such things. The devil uses these natural desires to turn us from following hard after God.

The Original Question

So, let’s go back to our original question. How do we hear the voice of God? The answer is simply to listen. However, we must listen with a discerning heart. We must discern God’s voice from the other voices that speak to us. If we learn to discern God’s voice from all the imitators, we do well. We will be able to please him and promote his will on earth as it is in heaven.

To read more on this topic, check out this article, As I See It: Quenching, Suppressing, and Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

What God Says in the Scriptures About Your Money

The Bible says a lot about money. In today’s world, the topic is something that many people have on their mind constantly. Here’s what God says in the scriptures about money.

God Owns It All

One of the primary lessons the Bible teaches about money is that Gods owns everything. Anything that we claim as our own is actually God’s and he gives us a small portion to manage. David tells us, “The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.” – Psalm 24:1 NKJV.

This is a mindset that we as Christians must develop. All of our possessions are actually God’s possessions. We are just managing them for him. This should give us a different perspective on how we are to manage our finances.

We should want to not be wasteful with God’s money. We should think carefully about what we spend it on and manage the budget we are given carefully. Jesus tells a story about three stewards to whom a master (you could read this business owner) had entrusted large portions of his wealth.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.” 

Work and Rewards

“Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.”

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “

The Wicked and Lazy Servant

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. ‘And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “

“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. ‘So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. ‘Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.’ ” 

” ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. ‘And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ” – Matthew 25:14-30 NKJV.

We as stewards of God’s money should want to hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

The Love of Money Brings Ruin

Paul tells us, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” – 1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV. We must view money as a tool. We aren’t to see it as our goal or the scorecard of how we are fairing. Use money as a tool to accomplish your goals, but it should never be the goal itself.

We can’t set money up as a god in our life. The true God doesn’t share his rightful place on the throne of our heart with anything. Jesus tells us, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24 NKJV.

If you set money as your god, you will never be satisfied.

Wealth is a Test

If you make over $100,000 each year, or you have a bank account of more than a million dollars, you are being tested. I’m not saying that either of those situations is a bad thing. On the contrary, God has found you to be worthy to trust with that kind of wealth. He gives “to each according to his (or her) own ability.” If you are a good steward, God rewards you with more. This is especially true when you are generous. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38 NKJV.

The way you handle the various aspects of this life dictates largely the way you will spend the next life. Our eternal salvation does not depend on works but is determined solely by God’s grace. However, we are rewarded in eternity according to our faith and the works we do are a clear indication of our faith.

Jesus asks a telling question in the gospel of Luke. “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” – Luke 16:11 NKJV. This question says to me that how we manage our money is a test of our ability and the responsibility we are given. We have earthly responsibilities and heavenly responsibilities. How we handle the earthly is an indicator of how we will handle the heavenly.

To learn more about handling your money, get my book, Financially Faithful, available at Amazon.com.

Independent Author Spotlight: David Ramos

This new book is about to hit the marketplace tomorrow! Keep reading and we will give a preview of it. The book is called What the Bible Says About Purpose by David Ramos. David is a good friend of this blog. I was able to get an advance copy and read it. If you are interested in discovering what God is calling you to do, you need this book.

Who is David Ramos?

David Ramos is a Christian author and Bible teacher. He is passionate about communicating the life-changing truths found in the Old Testament. However, his book shows that he says a lot about the New Testament, as well. He has a B.A. in Classical and Medieval Studies and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary. When he’s not writing, you can usually find David chasing down the newest food truck or helping his passionate wife Brea change the world. David, Brea, and their library currently reside in Cleveland, Ohio.

Knowing Your Purpose Begins With Understanding Scripture

Everyone reading this knows what frustration feels like. You describe yourself as a person of faith, of trust, and even of ambition. But for all the work and energy you’ve poured into your life, you still find yourself hitting walls. Big brick roadblocks are keeping you from the thing you’re meant to do.

David has been where you are. He’s hit those same walls, and yet – he knows beyond the shadow of a doubt he’s walking in his purpose.

Over the last 5 years, David has published over a dozen books, spoken at churches, universities, and built a vibrant online community for Christians looking to do more with their lives. He’s been able to accomplish these things because of what he has learned. He has written that information in this book. This book holds everything he has learned from the Bible about purpose, along with some wisdom from men and women of God who have walked the path of purpose much longer than he has.

In this book, David has given us a gift, but more importantly, a “permission slip” from God. You don’t have to wait until you’re “good enough.” Good enough doesn’t exist. All there is, all you can be, is a person dedicated to glorifying God in the profoundly unique way only you can.

When you do that, when you begin to accept where you are and who you are as enough, that is when amazing things start to happen. And suddenly all those brick walls crumble into stepping stones.

What’s In the Book

Inside What The Bible Says About Purpose, you will find:

  • 10 incredible chapters on the themes of purpose, calling, and God’s plan for your life.
  • Hundreds of Bible verses to give you an excellent foundation
  • Answers to some of your most-asked questions:

o   What if God asks me to do something I don’t want to do?

o   When should I wait versus when should I take action?

o   What does a calling from God look like in our modern world?

  • A Bonus chapter which includes resources from today’s top leaders, pastors, writers, and more!

The book is available for pre-order right now if you don’t think you can wait until tomorrow, so go ahead and order it. Be one of the first to get this great book! And start living the purpose for which God has created you today.
https://www.amazon.com/What-Bible-Says-About-Purpose-ebook/dp/B076YZFJJB/

Awesome Power: The Source of a Christian’s Strength

Samson lost his strength when Delilah passed the secret of his strength to his enemies. They cut his hair and were able to subdue him. Before this, his enemies could not overcome his power. Is there a source of strength for the Christian? Where does a Christian’s power come from?

How do we as Christians maintain our power in the face of attacks. Our spiritual enemies would subdue us and take us captive. As Christians, our power does not come from our uncut hair. We, like Samson, do have a source of strength that gives us victory over our enemy, the devil. If we utilize the source of our strength, our enemies will be helpless in their attacks.

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Deep Community: Loving and Building Relationships with Others

Rugged individualism is fine if you’re taming a wild frontier, but has no place for building community. There are no “lone ranger” Christians. If you are a believer, God has not called you to go it alone. He has ordered our world so we can work in a community.

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Independent Author Spotlight: Rachel Larkin

Being an independent Christian author myself, I know the struggle to get someone to notice my books. Independent authors do not have a large advertising budget like the big publishers have. We don’t have connections just a phone call away at the literary magazines or the Sunday book review section in a major newspaper. So, I want to help these independent authors by giving them space here to promote their books.

I also want to give you, my dear readers, a chance to discover some of these lesser known, but just as talented writers. I intend this to be a regular feature on the blog. So, if you are looking for a great Christian book that won’t be displayed in the window of the shopping mall’s bookstore, I ask you to take a look at the books offered here. If you find something that seems good, tell your friends. When they wonder, “Where do you find these great books?” you can just smile knowingly.

Our First Independent Christian Author

Rachel Larkin lives in New Zealand with her husband and their three young adult sons. She writes about growing in faith and developing your potential on her website at- https://rachellarkin.com/ She is also a practicing Chartered Accountant, homeschooling parent for fourteen years, Bible study leader, and speaker.

Just in time for Thanksgiving Day, the first book in our independent author feature is 21 Prayers of Thanksgiving: Transform Your Prayer Life by Giving Thanks. You can be thankful for Rachel because she is offering a PDF version of this book for free to anyone who signs up for her mailing list. Here’s a short description:

Thanksgiving prayers are powerful! This book will transform your prayer life through using the everyday spiritual tool of thanksgiving. Using the 21 prayers will open your eyes to the unseen, draw you into God’s presence, unlock conversations with God, keep you hopeful, banish fear and doubt, bring you clarity and allow you to experience miracles.

You should also read Rachel’s other book, Simple Prayer: The Guide for Ordinary People Seeking the Extraordinary.

Radical Stewardship: Managing Our Finances, Time, and Health

The term stewardship is one of those “churchy” words you usually only hear on Sunday mornings. We seldom apply it to anything but money or finances. However, I don’t think it only applies to this area of life. It certainly includes finances. However, I believe the way I use the term, is more in keeping with what it truly means.

If you refer to your favorite dictionary the word is probably defined something like this:

Definition of Stewardship

1: the office, duties, and obligations of a steward

2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially :the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care

  • stewardship of natural resources

(The source I used is: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/.)

The first definition doesn’t tell us much. If you know the definition of steward you probably can take a reasonable guess at the definition of stewardship. But, look at the second definition. Do you see that a more common word, management, is a synonym for stewardship? I’m suggesting management means the same thing as stewardship. The difference is that no one, most likely, will misunderstand management. However, people who speak about stewardship are most likely “preaching to the choir.”

If you take “stewardship” out of the context of the church, it means something different. Try applying it to your daily life. Here, at Ordinary Believer, when we refer to Radical Stewardship, we mean managing your life. It is not just managing your life in the same way the world manages their lives. We aim to manage our lives in a way that honors our Lord. We want to manage our lives radically.

Three Areas of Radical Stewardship

Using the word stewardship in our context, means more than just putting a tithe in the offering plate. The way we use the word, is radical. We want to help you manage what God has provided. Yes, he has given you money with which to live. But, he has also provided you with time that you can use for his glory or waste on selfishly on yourself. Finally, he has given you life and a body to perpetuate that life. You can abuse your body with harmful addictions and excesses. Ot nurture your strength and ability to fight off disease by caring  for your body, Proper nutrition, exercise, and rest work wonders.

Finances, Time, and Health

Radical stewardship primarily means managing your finances. Money is necessary if you are to do whatever it is that God has called you to do. Use our money one of two different ways. You can buy everything we want until our money is all gone and then use credit for whatever else. Or you can spend only what you need and put what you don’t into a savings account. The day will come when you need a little extra.

It also means managing your time. Whether we live to be 40, or 110, you must use the time wisely. God gives us time on this earth to do the things he has purposed for us to do. You should be managing our time, each hour, day, month, and year to complete the tasks he has assigned you. This takes planning and being intentional about the things you do. Alternatively, you might just watch cat videos because the YouTube algorithm feeds them to you.

Finally, you must be careful about how you manage your health. You can’t weigh 300 pounds and expect to be ready if God calls you work at a physically demanding task. You shouldn’t be concerned with your body image for vanity’s sake. But, you should know that being fit and trim will open doors of opportunity. A fat, out-of-shape person will never be offered these opportunities.

Parable of the Talents

I’m not trying to “fat-shame” anyone here. We all are given different gifts and in different amounts. Consider the following parable Jesus told:

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. and to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. ‘And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 

Therefore, take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.’For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'” – Mat 25:14-30 NKJV

(Note: The term “talent” is an amount of money. It is believed by some to be worth about 20 years of a typical person’s wages. Others have calculated it to be about 75 pounds of gold.)

One servant was given ten talents, another five, and another one. We also are given what we have from the Lord in varying amounts. Some people seem to always be in the right place at the right time to seize financial opportunities. Others struggle just to pay the rent. Others seem to be born with the genes that keep them thin and trim. Still others gain weight if they only think about eating, it seems.

However, just as the steward with one talent, we must do our best with what we’re given. If you are born with handicaps, have medical conditions, or was injured in an accident, you may not ever be as fit as an aerobics instructor, but you are still responsible to manage what you’ve been given.

If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check out the first post in this series at: Growing On Purpose: Spiritual Growth through God-Given Pursuits

Growing on Purpose: Spiritual Growth through God-given Pursuits

 

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At Ordinary Believer, we believe that God has a specific purpose for everyone. He has given each person special skills, talents, and abilities. We believe these are spiritual gifts, given to edify (that is, to build up) the church.

That is quite a thesis statement; don’t you think? Some of you reading this will disagree with my thesis, or at least one or two of its parts. You may believe that everybody has a general purpose, for instance, to love others. But do you believe you have a specific purpose that is unique? Or you may think talents, like playing the guitar, or painting, aren’t spiritual gifts.

Let me see if I can convince you that my statement is firmly congruent with what the scriptures teach. If you still disagree or still question that it’s accurate, please respond in the comments below.

Does the Bible Speak to Individuals or the Church?

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Are Financial Calamities God’s Will?

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus prayed that God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. 

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” – Mat 6:10 NKJV 

God’s Will on Earth?

This implies that God’s will is not always done on Earth. There are things that happen on this planet that God doesn’t want to happen. Earthquakes, tornados, floods, and even volcanic eruptions destroy massive amounts of property. Sometimes hundreds of human lives are lost. To say that God wants, or wills, this to happen just doesn’t fit with our theology of God. Atheists taunt believers. They argue that God is not all powerful and can’t stop these tragedies. Or else, he is not all good. How can a good God allow such calamities? 

What these mockers don’t realize is that through our ancestors, Adam and Eve, mankind rejected God’s rule and will on Earth and instead opted to promote Satan to be “the ruler of this world” giving him the right to preside over the affairs of men. Our world is caught in the devil’s system which brings suffering and death. 

The way back to God’s kingdom is through the power of Jesus’ sacrifice, death, and resurrection. Jesus’ victory on the cross is spreading across the world. It may seem that his light is growing dimmer in the US and Europe, but it is shining brightly in Africa and Asia. 

The problem of Satan’s rule and corruption in this world affects our relationship with our money also. Instead of trusting that God will meet all of our needs, we elevate the value of money and put our trust in our bank account. We think that we can ward off the problems of floods and hurricanes because the insurance company will mitigate any loss and pay us to rebuild–bigger and better. 

In God We Trust

We don’t fear growing too old to work and produce because we have the promise of a government social security check and an IRA to protect us against old age infirmity. Our government prints the phrase, “In God We Trust,” to remind us from where true security comes. However, we continue to set up the dollar sign idol in our hearts and think that if we can only pile up enough cash, we can buy any kind of comfort we need and ignore the true Comforter. 

Jesus scolded us for our preoccupation with money and the material things it buys. He reminded us that the birds didn’t work at building computers or selling real estate each day, but God still feeds them. The lilies don’t stare into their closet for five minutes every morning wondering which outfit to put on, but Armani never dressed anyone as beautifully as God dresses the lilies. 

We have to learn the lesson Paul learned. Be content with enough for food and clothing (1 Tim 6:8). Don’t try to “keep up with the Joneses” or covet the blessing God gives your neighbors. Determine what God’s will is for you and seek that and nothing more. 

Book Review: Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk

How much influence does your wife have over you? If you are like me, the answer is, “A lot!” Apparently, we are in good company. In Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk, Michelle DeRusha addresses this issue. Martin Luther had a tender and loving relationship with his wife, Katharina de Bora. DeRusha, the author, tells us that story.

The Backgrounds of Katharina and Martin Luther

Katharina was one of the nuns who escaped from a convent after hearing Luther’s radical views. However, Luther, who played matchmaker for the escaped nuns, failed a couple times to match Katharina with eligible suitors. So Luther decided (after the suggestion by Katharina) to marry her himself. The book is a tribute to the Luthers’ successful practical experiment that showed the holiness of marriage even by, or especially by, persons wholly devoted to the Lord.

The story gives the background of the troubled family lives of each, Martin and Katharina. And it tells of the unusual circumstances that brought the two together. Also, the book gives the details of the heartbreaking tale of the Luthers’ loss of two of their daughters. Finally, the story ends with Martin’s sudden death and Katharina’s fight for her rights. In the era they lived, widows were often neglected.

A Great Story But Not the Typical Lutheran History

There are other books if you are interested in Martin Luther’s theology. You can learn the history of his fight against the unjust system of indulgences. There are better books that explain the heroic posting of his 95 theses and the burning of papal bull. But if you want to know about his personal life and gain keen insights into the man himself, you won’t find another book that gives you as much of a penetrating look at the man and his wife as this one.

To get a copy of this book, go to: http://amzn.to/2nWq00x