Pronounced Bonhoofer apparently. I found I didn't enjoy the bits about his theology (he was very conservative) except for his idea of 'cheap grace' and taking action for what you believe in. He was a very warm and nice man who stood up for what he believed in and they killed him out of spite.
He was no saint though, for instance, he decided to get engaged to an 18 year old when he knew the Nazis were closing in? Why get her and her family involved? I found the explantion lame, I think he could be a bit of a salesman when he wanted to be.
This was also a good history if you wanted to see German history from a German layman's point of view. I knew there were some assassination attempts on Hitler but not that many. Crazy how he escaped all of them by a hair. Bonhoeffer should have escaped too but didn't make it. Life is very random.
This audio verion is wonderfully done.
Bonhoeffer demonstrated unbending courage to stand against the Nazis and even the failings of his own church!
Hillgartner did a magnficient job of portraying each character differently and with great emotion bringing forth the sadness, joy, and horror of the times.
This audo book will remind all Christians that Salvation may be free but that it never truly comes without a tremendous cost.
I highly reccomend this relevant biography of Christianity in action!
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WAY out of my normal interest in books, but it was time well spent. Interesting and educational read. If you have some free time on your hands, you could spend it in a lot less entertaining and informative ways than reading this book. It is educational and thought provoking on many levels. I suspect that most will find it interesting primarily from historical, religious and spiritual perspectives. I found myself alternately being bored and then needing to look for more references in the first 1/3 or so. After that, things moved much more quickly. It was interesting to me learning more about the German Church’s complicity in Hitler’s rise and a small group of men’s internal and external struggles in trying to bring him down as part of Valkyrie.
Soar into a new world of honor and faith when you listen to the amazing story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer!!! This book challenges your ideas of right and wrong and makes you dwell on the lives of faithful, bold men and women from the past. His inspiring story will make you live every day with the question of "what if it's my last?" and will affirm your suspicions that wealth and title are not the only things worth living for..... Great work by Eric Metaxas and wonderful narration!
Read excellently. I had no idea the man Bonhoeffer was. Truly a privilege to get to know him. How incredibly sad this amazing and gifted man was taken from our world.
The entire book held me captive.
The guard in the jail commenting upon watching Deitrich pray how he couldn't get over the fact that 'Deitrich prayed as a man assured his God was listening'.
Well couldn't to that for over 20 hours but sure wanted to, yes, found it very hard to let go off.
READ IT. You won't be the same.
I appreciated learning more of this important person in the Christian faith. However, the book is very poorly written, At first I thought that the narrator had made a mistake and repeated a rather large section of the material. But then it happened again and I realized that the author deliberately repeated himself very often. I would rather have ahard copy so I could pass over the repeated sections.
I listened to this book months ago. It is still ringing in my mind. It is one of the bests books I've heard or read in a very long time. I thought I knew Bonhoeffer before, but I only knew about him. Metaxas took me into this amazing life. I love his faithfulness to all he believed. I ached with his fiance's grief when he was martyred. His theology challenged me to better examine my own. I bought the hardbound book because I wanted to be able to refer to it and print is better for that. We have listened to Audible books for years and this is my first review. This book is that good.
A must listen for every Christian, Jew or anyone interested in history. In addition to being an excellent biography, Metaxes accurately relates the events prior to and during WWII in a way that is hard to take breaks from listening
The reader does an admirable job and held my interest. He also made very good decisions in understating accents that could have been distracting.
The book itself, however, can best be described as "uneven."
The majority of the book is very strong on telling Bonhoeffer's and Germany's history in a palatable manner and relating the details of Bonhoeffer's life and internal growth and struggles. However, the author would sometimes add an casual turn of phrase now and then that just didn't fit the rest of the tone of the book. A good editor should have caught these lapses. Was the author trying to seem "trendy" or "with it" as he threw in a contemporary idiom or expression?
Also, I found myself gritting my teeth as we worked our way through some sections. The longest was Bonhoeffer's "too good to be true" childhood. I came close to giving up on the book but stuck with it. (I think the technical term is that he was bordering on "uncritical hagiography" there.) Once we reach adulthood, it was a more "human" picture that was presented...usually.
Since I'm not strong on German history myself, I can't comment on the accuracy of the specifics that are offered as the background to Bonhoeffer's tale, but their inclusion was very helpful in putting him in the context of his times. (It also made me wonder about possible parallels in contemporary society. ...but that was me, not the book.)
I'm glad I stayed with the book to the end. It is pretty long, but it needed to be this long in order to do him full justice. I had no trouble with the theological discussions because of my background and I've read lots of Christian stuff previously. I don't know how a reader who is not familiar with these themes would handle the book.
Despite the book's length, it always kept my interest. This could be because this is my first book on Bonhoeffor and my knowledge of things German and this time era was minimal.
I liked the discussion of the family and how the events affected these people over time. I was interested in how Bonhoeffer interacted with all the major Christian thinkers of his era. I liked how they disagreed without becoming enemies. I was impressed by Bonhoeffer's loyalty to Germany. It was facinating to see how he "touched" such a great diversity of the people of his era.
I am better for having seen this time period through Bonhoeffer's eyes.