If you are interested in a more personal view of WWII, this is an excellent book. It drags a little some times but very interesting. Bonhoeffer was an amazing person. Great story, Great buy!
An incredible story about an inspiring man. I am very grateful that I had the chance to listen to this great book. I was captivated through all the stories that were woven together in a way that mostly keeps the audience interested and excited. There were a few places that seemed to drag with painstaking detail but some may appreciate it -- as I did in many instances.
The narration was nothing but superb. I will look for Hillgartner's narrations in future books.
I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it
This is a good book for someone who likes theology and preachy monologues. Most of the book, the author just reads Bonhoeffer's religious monologues either through his letters or diary entries. I was interested in learning about a pastor who became a spy during one of the worst times in the last century against a tyrant. But the author keeps his focus on Bonhoeffer's religious ideals during the whole time. There were hardly a chapter or two about his work as a spy.
This book celebrates life of Bonhoeffer and his principles but gets very long and tedious in the middle. I would recommend an abridged version of this book. Three-quarters of the book is about German Christians and Confessing churches differences.
I write few reviews, but I felt I had to comment on this book. It is one of the most eye-opening books I have ever heard! This story about a man's struggles with the loss of Germany to the Nazis could be just as easily a story about an American's loss of America...to who? Maybe from studying this man's values, we have a chance to get into the homestretch in the rescue of our Christian America!
It is slightly difficult to follow at the beginning as we learn a lot of background, but you must hang on. The book is monumentous in its content!
Bonhoeffer lived an amazing life and experienced more by age 20 than most people do in their entire lives. The book is well written and uses many letters and papers written by Bonhoeffer himself, which gives a factual look into what was happening in his life at that time. I probably should have bought the abridged version, only because it goes further in-depth with his religion than I cared to listen to, which is the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. But I put this on my listen again list and will wait patiently wait for Hollywood to take notice like they did with Valkyrie and Defiance, his story also deserves a feature film.
Wow, I just finished the book and have to say it was one of the most enjoyable reads ("listens") I have had in a while. A thoroughly rewarding experience. The wonderful narrator did a wonderful job of leading me through a fine book that manages to balance history, theology, politics, love story and martydom into a fine nexus of a book.
At no point was I distracted or overwhelmed by the content. Each aspect of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer was well represented. Not overly deep in detail on any one topic, but enough to leave me wanting to investigate more at a later time. A wonderful way to present so many aspects of a single man who made such an impact.
The book will be on my list of books to give to others, as is Metaxes' other book on William Wilberforce.
Please read this book to ensure that the things that Bonhoeffer stood up for have meaning even today.
I was most interested in this book from a historic point of view and how it might contribute to the very good question about why churches did not do as much as they could to resist the Third Reich. The book does provide a lot of interesting insight into this. However, there is a great deal also about sermons, preaching, the Bible, and general Christian theology, that was not for me. If you have an interest in both theology and history, you will really appreciate this book. The reading is excellent.
Semi-retired labor and delivery nurse, wife, mother and grandmother of 10. Love to read for pleasure. B&B owner in the Texas Hill Country.
Of course Bonhoeffer. His parents were very unique people though and I was fascinated by them. Opposing spiritual views did not impede their united parenting and successful marriage.
He didn't get in the way of the story.
No laughing really. Knowing the outcome, his early departure from this earth, was sobering. Without calling attention to himself he was a true hero.
Bonheoffer was a Christian on the order of Paul the Apostle. I can't wait to meet him someday in glory.
If enjoying a book on the Third Reich and the Holocaust is an oxymoron then loving one is insane.
I have heard mostly ministers speak in glowing terms of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and although I had never studied his work, I simply parroted what I heard others say about him: “Great Prophet;” “Gave his life for the cause of Christ;” “Very few like him;” etc. However, it was not until I listened to Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich that I developed an admiration for him that I usually set aside for prophets of the Holy Scripture. Listening to this book about Bonheoffer challenged me to muse over this point: How committed am I to the things that really count in life; not whether I’m paying too much for cable TV, but the issues of life where I can make a real difference in the quality of life of others? My conclusion: Unfortunately for me, examining a life like Bonheoffer’s shows me that I am not disciplined enough, and it illustrates in me an unwillingness to lay my life on the line as Bonhoeffer did. Consequently, I would be satisfied living in the shadows of this giant of the 20th century.
This is a well researched book and this is evident with the attention to meticulous details of Bonhoeffer's childhood and family. Listening to the events of his early life really plunge you into his character as a person. While I wholeheartedly believe reading is more beneficial than listening. The audio version of this book does not takeaway from being absorbed into the various characters. Actually it helps those who do not speak German - learn the names and helps differentiate individuals as narrator is adept at changing inflictions.
While I enjoyed and learned quite a bit about Bonhoeffer in this book, I gleaned a new perspective regarding Karl Barth and his impression upon Bonhoeffer. This biography is of course hinged on the main antagonist of this era - Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer's love for Christ and his linking of practical theology to his mission of sacrifice is what makes this book illuminate - real Christianity. Of course one could and many do - banter about arguing over Bonhoeffer's role in trying to assassinate Hitler. The linking of the era and the characters is done extremely well.
As aforementioned the narrator did an excellent job in my humble opinion. Since I cannot speak German it is hard to know if he spoke the language well. What he did do was differentiate the characters and used emotion really nicely.
Overall, I would rate this book a solid 4.5 it kept my interest. It made me study Bonhoeffer and look at his other works. As any good biography it compels you to want to know more about the individual. I think Eric Metaxas is a great writer that really enjoys studying and researching the nuances of his subjects. Very, very good book...