It is a great mix of inspiration and history. It illustrates the struggle between good and evil on a global level and how one devote christian man made a huge difference in the world, with the help of his Lord. I am glad I know the story of Bonhoeffer, I feel like I knew him. what a wonderful man.
Of Course Bonhoeffer
Yes I cried
Very well written and inspiring biography. This really gave an interestingly detailed perspective of German pre and post World War I and the events that lead up to WWII. I really enjoyed reading about Bonhoeffer's life starting from childhood. Bonhoeffer was truly a brilliant individual as a theologian, musician, pastor, and Christian, but remained incredibly disciplined and humble. It is interesting to read about a Christian who was focused on the Kingdom to come but also paid much attention to the political scene of his time. It seems that he did this because he felt that it was a job of Christians on this earth to be a 'voice for the voiceless.' Bonhoeffer seemed to know before anyone else just how evil Hitler was. It seems that his dedication to prayer and his connection with God enlightened him to what would come.
This is a must read for Christians and those interested in History and Theology. I highly recommend the read.
This was a book about a wonderful man's story in an awful time and place. He could of chosen the easy road and lived a wonderful life. But he chose to follow his heart for God instead. Really enjoyed.
This would be one of my favourite books, combining both an interesting historical account with an engaging personal story.
The unique insight it gave into this period of European history.
Would be enjoyed by people with an interest in evangelical Christianity under the Nazi regime, and anyone looking for a social history of this period of history.
This is an excellent treatise on the life of a giant, and at the same time serves as a cautionary tale. It happened once, it can happen again. Only principled people living principled lives of courage stand in the way. In Bonhoeffer we are given a template to model. Few will have his intellect but all have the capacity to live their beliefs with integrity.
I must admit that I did not know much about Bonhoeffer going in, but what I did know intrigued me. On a personal quest to answer nagging questions about God's grace in our lives I decided to read this biography of the author of Costly Grace. To say that Bonhoeffer reached across the decades of history to rock my world puts it mildly.
My entire life I have wondered how German Christian's could have allowed Hitler to happen. Now I know, at least in part. For my entire life I have wondered why Christians did not stand against Evil. Now I know that some did.
The volume also does much to describe life in Germany during the war, something that is not all that common. I found it interesting as a view into the psyche of the German people of the time, albeit with a focus on the elite of German society owing to the Bonhoeffer family's position and influence.
All of that is interesting from a historical perspective, but this volume's most memorable impact is much deeper in my own experience. As a Christian I have of late been challenged by the common definition of Grace, and that has caused me to question my own security. In the end I cannot deny the pure simple logic and wisdom of Bonhoeffer's philosophy of Costly Grace. In it I find challenge, truth, inspiration, and confidence. In it I find purity of thought that resonates. In him I find a light that projects The Light through the darkness of time.
this was a wonderfully written and performed account of the life and theological ideology of Bonhoeffer. As someone who studied some of Bonhoeffer's writings and Theology in Seminary, I was very impressed with the historical, cultural, and familial context the author delineated beside Bonhoeffer's ideas. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
I loved this book. What an inspiration Bonhoeffer was, is. I love Eric Metaxas writing, I'll read anything he writes. If you want to be inspired, read this book on Bonhoeffer.
I had only vaguely known Bonhoeffer's name before a friend recommended this book! Am I ever glad she told me about the book! This one man's life has had a great affect of so many, and his efforts to stiffle Natziism in Germany put him on the level of a saint!
Bonhoeffer, himself, is my favorite character, but I also fell in love with his grandmother!
This book has made me aware how easy evil can inculcate itself in what would normally be a decent society. We, oursleves, are not immune.
Ready for some serious thinking? Listen to Bonhoeffer!
I didn't expect such a drawn out focus on his religious beliefs. I thought it might be more based on morals that he acted the way he did.
Eric Metaxas' voice served the story well enough, but even his reading couldn't drag it out of its boredom.
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.