Eric Metaxas wrote a carefull biography of a man intended to live accordingly with the Bible. His narratives about the events that composed Bonhoofer life allowed the reader to understood the dilemas faced by this man of God. By listened to it, one will have a good account about Bonhoofer's life, family and dificulties. Bonhoofer's life inspired every cristian who desires to live in a significative manner.
Bonhoeffer is one of the most intriguing people from World War II. He and his co-conspirators were so repulsed and horrified by the Nazis that they risked everything to bring them down. Unlike so many, Bonhoeffer and his family recognized the Nazis for what they were when they first came to power, and they worked in many different ways to oppose them. I was particularly interested in the family and in Dietrich's relationship to them. Theirs was a very close family, and Dietrich's co-conspirators included his brothers-in-law. It's a fascinating story and well worth the time.
There was a good deal of repetition, both from the author and in the quoting of Bonhoeffer's writings; I felt the book would have benefited from better editing. I like Malcolm Hillgartner and have listened to one or two other books he has narrated. With this one, however, he goes overboard on the expression, not letting the writing speak for itself, hitting the pathos and tragedy too hard . . . the book's events and Bonhoeffer's writings are so clear and intense that there is no need for this!
slow moving story, did not know what to expect. just did not care for story line. wish to get a refund.
none for now
could not listen , too boring and slow moving
did not listen to whole story, too slow moving to get any info out of the little i listen too
can i get a credit back again for this book
Letting the rest of the world go by
The book is more than a biography. The historical context of the times (pre-nazi Germany and the war years) was incredibly enlightening. The book also gives a great explanation of religious philosophy and how Bonhoeffer thought about theology. There were even some good peeks into the US in the early 1930's.
There's something to be said for a biographer who admires the person he is writing about as much as this author obviously does. It makes the story fairly easy to listen to. I would suggest that the author would have been better served by not making everything Bohhoeffer did seem so perfect and justifying any mistake Bonhoeffer might have made. Sometimes the mistakes we make serve to make us more divine and don't need to be explained away.
The narrator did an excellent job. He reads it with the idolizing tone the author had intended and he doesn't butcher the German passages at all.
You'll get a uncritical biography (which make for the most listenable biographies), some of the best historical context of the time, and good explanation of the theology of Bonhoeffer.
This may be the best biography I've ever read.
Bonhoeffer. (Stupid question.)
An examined life, well lived.
Reads like an exciting novel -- Against the background of the Nazi rise to power and WW2, Bonhoeffer''s life is gripping and inspiring. Answers the question,
My mood is somber as I complete this book. I rarely write any kind of review beyond a thumbs up or down, but I want so much to talk about this book. The thing that strikes me so much about Dietrich Bonhoeffer is not the tragedy of his death, but the importance of his life. He wasn't so much bold and brave as he was convicted by his faith, his complete trust in God. That he was a key figure in the Nazi resistance and member of one of Germany's academically elite families somehow take the back seat.
Everyone knows what happened during the second World War; the atrocities of Hitler and the Third Reich, but this perspective is absolutely astounding. Hitler truly was the incarnation of evil, in an almost supernatural embodiment. Those who stood up to him were unbelievably courageous and those who lost their lives to his "work" are true martyrs. I'm surprised that Bonhoeffer's story is not more widely known or taught in our historical education.
Wow. What a great and detailed account of what happened in Germany from the prospectus of the resistance. I had not heard of Dietrich Bonfoeffer until Glenn Beck talked about him on his show. This book is well worth the time.
Husband, father, one whom Jesus loves, Entrepreneur, Constitutional Conservative, etc etc
I am only thru the first two parts, and waiting for the final part to finish downloading as I type this. I am completely undone by the strength of the resolve of this man in the face of one of the worst atrocities mankind has experienced. Talk about a man who lived this life to the fullest impact possible.
I could only hope that I would respond as well in the face of persecution as he did. I'm not sure how I will be changed by his life, but I can tell that the Lord is doing something very deep in me as I hear his story.
My spirit is awakened and sobered.
I like History and Christian Fiction. I like to recommend books that are descriptive, but not something I wouldn't recommend to my kids.
A great book to read for the story of Bonhoeffer, but also for understanding what a true walk with Christ could be if we would allow Him to work in and through us.
When I read (or listened to) this book I was struck by how God worked through those years, in Germany and around the world. It was a terrible time in terms of loss of life and human struggle, but Hitler didn't leave the scene until God allowed it. I don't think any of us will understand this until sometime after we leave this earth.
I would love to find more books like this.
Eric Metaxas' presentation of Bonhoeffer's life was gripping. I feel I came to know this great man and his family as the history of the German people, and the harshness of the WW-1 reparations leading to the rise of the Nazi's is told, interwoven with Bonhoeffer's story. I have been challenged to not accept cheap grace. I especially admire the Christian habits than made Bonhoeffer great; daily Bible reading and meditation, a quest for truth, and a desire to see others grow in this truth.
I'm amazed at how he chose to leave the safety of the U.S. and U.K. and go back to Germany to do what he could to save the German people and church, and paid the ultimate price.