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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy [Kindle Edition]

Eric Metaxas , Timothy Keller , Timothy J. Keller
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As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents?including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts?to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.

"Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.  Includes Readers’ Guide  “[A] beautifully constructed biography.”

—Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

 “Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s story with passion and theological sophistication. . . .”

Wall Street Journal

“[A] weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. . . .”

Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas presents Bonhoeffer as a clear-headed, deeply convicted Christian who submitted to no one and nothing except God and his Word.”

Christianity Today

“Metaxas has written a book that adds a new dimension to World War II, a new understanding of how evil can seize the soul of a nation and a man of faith can confront it. . . .”

—Thomas Fleming, author, The New Dealers’ War

“Metaxas has created a biography of uncommon power—intelligent, moving, well researched,vividly written, and rich in implication for our own lives. Or to put it another way: Buy this book. Read it. Then buy another copy and give it to a person you love. It’s that good.”

—Archbishop Charles Chaput, First Things

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

Kirkus Reviews

  • 2011 ECPA Book of the Year

  • 2011 Canterbury Medal by the Becket Fund recognizing courage in the defense of religious liberty

  • 2011 Christopher Award winner highlighting the power of faith, courage, and action

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

-Kirkus Reviews


About the Author

Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times bestseller Amazing Grace, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask), Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About God, and thirty children’s books. He is founder and host of Socrates in the City in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Marks Hill Review, and Fist Things. He has written for VeggieTales and Rabbit Ears Productions, earning three Grammy nominations for Best Children’s Recording.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2497 KB
  • Print Length: 625 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595551387
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; abridged edition edition (Aug. 29 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GY0K48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonhoeffer - More Accessible than Ever Jan. 22 2011
By Harris
Format:Audio CD
By Eric Metaxas

So many books have been written on Bonhoeffer, including the definitive biography by his best friend Eberhard Bethge. So why another one? Eric Metaxas has done a masterful job offering us a biography that is accessible to a new generation of North Americans who may not have any sense of the European context at the beginning to mid-20th century within Germany and beyond. In particular, Metaxas highlights the large opposition to Hitler and the Nazis within Germany, as well as the failure of the Allies to recognize and support such opposition, leading to repeated failures to bring down Hitler and the Nazis from within. Metaxas also does a great job chronicling the development of thinking that lead a group of Germans traditionally supportive and respectful of the rights of a legitimate ruler elected by the people, to the radical conviction that such a ruler and his party must be brought down by any means possible, including murder.

Bonhoeffer is a key player in this drama, and Metaxas offers us accessible ways to comprehend Bonhoeffer's personal and theological journey, his efforts within the church as both pastor and theologian, his witness in the ecumenical movement, and finally his involvement with the "Abwehr" (German Secret Service) in plans to assassinate Hitler and find support among the Allies for such a task.

While this is the dominant story line, Metaxas also beautifully chronicles Bonhoeffer's various relationships, especially with his parents and siblings, his best friend Bethge, and his growing love for Maria.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story; brilliant writing July 3 2012
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This is a wonderfully well written biography of a key figure in 20th century Christianity. Eric Metaxas has done a masterful job of communicating the zeitgeist of early and mid-20th century Germany, the inter-relationships between church and state amidst the growing popularity of the National Socialist Party and the incongruity of being a Christian, and adhering to official NAZI party lines. Four points are particularly well made:

First, there can be no doubt that one of the key issues that Bonhoeffer must respond to throughout his early life is the way the German Church - the church of the reformation that has so highlighted the importance of scripture, salvation and reconciliation with God by grace through the redeeming work of Christ on the cross - the German Church had adopted habits, that made it vulnerable to collaborating with government abuse of different populations. The German church is portrayed as simply offering up all kinds of deep compromise to the NAZIs. This biography begs the question: how do you interpret scripture in a way that will make you stand in the face of evil, cover your neighbor's back, look after the poor and the rejected, even if it means your end? To what extent will you go?

Second, the question takes on even more depth when applied to each individual's personal life. The question is not how to live your life without sin, without making mistakes. The question is: How do you respond with your entire life to God's calling? This question is incredibly significant in the face of a modern day Christianity that is strong on cultural judgement and too often thin on judging the atrocities and calamities that go on all over the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging journey Jan. 4 2011
I have read a bit of Bonhoeffer's story in the past but Metaxas in this recent writing does a fine job of introducing this complex person in such a way that I the reader felt somewhat transported back in time to process the amazing challenges of living under such life pressures. The book is excellent in that it keeps moving without bogging down, but also gives enough depth and detail to enable us to understand not only the context of Bonhoeffer's life but also probe into his thinking and agonizing over such difficult life and death decisions that he must make. If you enjoyed the author's "Amazing Grace" coverage of William Wilberforce, you will thoroughly enjoy his engagement of Bonhoeffer's life and times. I felt emboldened to be less concerned with what others think about my actions and decisions after examining this outstanding life.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime & Brilliant June 26 2010
The historical biography genre is alive and well in the hands of Eric Metaxas...his book about famous pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is so fluid and alive that it transports the reader to another world. That the subject matter of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is eminantly important is beyond a doubt and Metaxas weaves an incredibly readable and highly relevant biography that captures details that have been missed or downplayed in other sources.

It is something when you can say that a biography is so compelling you find it hard to put down but this is just such a biography.Metaxas writes with a clear awareness of the relevance of Bonhoeffer to our own culture and emphasizes certain aspects of his life and theology such as the question of "what is the church?" Truly a biography for our time.

The author's biographical skills are not the only thing showcased in the text, his attention to historical detail is also constantly at the fore.

For those who know and appreciate Bonhoeffer you will be very happy with Metaxas' treatment of him. If you are unaware of him or simply not a fan of biographies I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to check out this book. You will be introduced to a person who will challenge and sharpen you and you will be given a wonderful and unique perspective about a critical period in world history - early 20th century Europe.

I promise you that this book will not will be a measure of what a biography should be for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well written, very detailed look at not only Bonhoeffer but those he influenced including friends, family and students. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ,George
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Very well written and integrated in the history of the time
Published 6 months ago by Ruediger Pfeil
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Biography at it's finest in every sense
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars "Whoever I am, thou knowest, O God, I am thine." Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
What more remains to be said about Dietrich Bonhoeffer? More to the point, what can I contribute to what so many others have already said about him and this amazing book? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
One of the most telling and useful books on how to live your life in this wrecked civilization.
Spellbound by the depth and clarity of this book and his others. It is a gem.
Published 14 months ago by willem maas
5.0 out of 5 stars If you ever wanted to know the fine details of this great man's life
If you ever wanted to know the fine details of this great man's life, this is the book! Well done, Eric!
Published 16 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story of an extraordinary life
This is a very engaging account of a very interesting life. Bonhoeffer was a complex character who lived in complex times. Read more
Published 16 months ago by D Glover
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject matter
This book was recommended to me by my massage therapist- great story about actual historical events- worth a read and then a reread.
Published 19 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and inspirational!
I had a vague notion of this story before reading it on the recommendation of a friend but to learn of the details of Bonhoeffer's development, life and death, presented in such a... Read more
Published 20 months ago by RHS
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting History
Don't accept his reasoning for justifying his plot against Hitler. Paul was not involved in a plot against Nero who was probably as demonic as Hitler. Read more
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