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

Eric Metaxas , Timothy J. Keller
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WHO BETTER TO FACE THE GREATEST EVIL OF THE 20TH CENTURY THAN A HUMBLE MAN OF FAITH?


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, known as much for such spiritual classics as The cost of Discipleship and Life Together, as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for his part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.


In the first major biography of Bonhoeffer in forty years, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer's life?the theologian and the spy?to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. 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.


In Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy?A Righteous Gentiel vs the Third Reich, Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer's heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safe haven of America for Hitler's Germany, and using extended excerpts from love letters and coded messages written to and from Bonhoeffer's Cell 92, Metaxas tells for the first time the full story of Bonhoeffer's passionate and tragic romance.


Readers will discover fresh insights and revelations about his life-changing months at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and about his radical position on why Christians are obliged to stand up for the Jews. Metaxas also sheds new light on Bonhoeffer's reaction to Kristallnacht, his involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in "Operation 7," the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.


Bonhoeffer gives witness to one man's extraordinary faith and to the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Nazism. It brings the reader face to face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully?even to the point of death. 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.



"Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology." ?Publishers Weekly


"[A] massive and masterful new biography." ?Christianity Today


"Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication." ?Wall Street Journal


"Metaxas magnificently captures the life of theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer . . . A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st Century." ?Kirkus

About the Author

Eric Metaxas is the author of New York Times #1 bestseller Bonhoeffer. He is currently the voice of BreakPoint, heard across 1,400 radio outlets by an audience of 8 million. He currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2161 KB
  • Print Length: 625 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595551387
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 20 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GY0K48
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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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
BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY
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
By SnowPharoah TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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 Sublime & Brilliant June 26 2010
By Peter Cantelon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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 disappoint...it will be a measure of what a biography should be for years to come.
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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 18 days 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 20 days 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 3 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 4 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
Published 10 months ago by Hal
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Wonderfully written ...encapsulated with historical and theological substance.i would recommend this book to anyone who loves history and who has a desire to see how God is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Heather Hyland
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Eric Metaxas account of the life of Bonhoeffer provides a glimpse into the personal life of a man who stood firmly for Who he believed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Karl Ingersoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring man.
I'm so glad I bought this book. I had read about Bonhoeffer before, but this was a book which revealed the total man, and his courageous faith.
Published 15 months ago by B. L. Trivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Story
This was a wonderful story of a man who was principled and had complete trust in God to the very end. Inspirational. Very well researched and written.
Published on April 20 2012 by teddington
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Published on April 6 2012 by Darlene F. Dunbar
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