Kitty, My Rib

by E. Jane Mall
173 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Nienna

Fictionalized biography of Katherine Luther.


Raised in a convent, a nun since she took her vows at age fifteen, Katherina von Bora has read writings of an ex-monk named Luther, and she longs to be free from her cloistered life. With eleven other nuns, Katherine escapes the convent and flees to Wittenburg, where, rather than getting married, she lives with a church couple. Luther, meanwhile, is working himself into illness and refusing everyone's advice for him to take a wife. As for Katherine, he finds her proud and haughty, not to mention almost twenty years his junior.


Good. Doing God's will in love is their highest goal. Biblical virtues are upheld.

Spiritual Content

A lot of talk about God, the Bible, Catholicism, the Reformation, and other such things. Luther thinks that the Devil plagues him sometimes, but Katherine says that is nonsense.


Many people die of illness, including a couple of the Luthers' children.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wine is served at communion.

Sexual Content

Katherine gets engaged to a young man and they kiss several times. Katherine and Luther kiss each other on the head a few times. At one point Luther tells his wife that he loves her and then they walk up to bed. Katherine has several children.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



An easy, light read, 'Kitty, My Rib' is the highly fictionalized story of the woman who supported the great Luther. The story does stay true to the facts we know about Katherine Luther, and is an interesting look at being the wife of a famous preacher.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 11-12

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