Children’s Book Review — The Woman Who Helped A Reformer

Rebecca Vandoodewaard. The Woman Who Helped A Reformer Edinburgh, UK: Banner of Truth, 2017. Board Books. $9.

ISBN: 9781848717695

You can purchase the book here.


Here is a description of the book from the publisher’s website.

What does Katharina Luther do with an old monastery, lots of children, a busy husband, many guests, and little money? Work very hard!

In The Woman Who Helped a Reformer, take a peek at Katharina Luther’s days looking after it all out of thankfulness to God.

These simple stories, written with 1-3 year olds in mind, have beautiful, engaging illustrations that will have your children asking you to read them over and over!

Hear the author herself tell you why she wrote these books.


I am really happy to finally post my review of this book and the rest of this series of books that I have purchased and read. Children love to be read to and need to be read to, and this series gives me something exciting to read to my children that I hope will have an impact on them for eternity.

The Woman Who Helped A Reformer is a short depiction of the life of Katharina Luther, the wife of the well-known reformer, Martin Luther. The work that she did to help her husband be free to preach and teach the Word of God during a pivotal time in church history is shown with wonderful imagery. Although the book is very well-written and captures the little one’s attention, it is the illustrations that put the entire story together. Thoughtful parents will take time to ask their children questions like “How many things is Mrs. Luther carrying on this page? and “What is that in her hand?” in order to engage young readers’ attention.

The quality of the book is wonderful as my rough and tough little guys haven’t destroyed it. I love the fact that my kids are learning a little history, and not just the popular history like “Here I stand; I can do no other,” but the history of the real people who contributed to the reformation and the church and Bible we still have today. My sons are 3 and 6 and they will each sit through a reading of this book and ask for it again and again.

I am also appreciative of something I noticed in all the books in this series that I own. Instead of calling the main character “Katharina,” the author chooses to refer to her as Mrs. Luther, and to Martin Luther as Mr. Luther. Little things like this show that the author is truly trying to give parents a tool to raise children in the Lord who respect adults. Well done!

I wholeheartedly endorse this book along with the rest of the series.

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