From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, this is a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler. A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism.
After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.
Bonhoeffer presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the twentieth century and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.
©2010 Eric Metaxas (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“In Hitler's Germany, a Lutheran pastor chooses resistance and pays with his life…Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s story with passion and theological sophistication.” (Wall Street Journal)
“A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous research…Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history, and theology.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Metaxas presents a complete, accessible picture of this important figure, whose story is inspiring, instructive, and international in scope.” (Kirkus Reviews)
The life, death, and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer moved me very deeply. Metaxas has a neat way of jumping around yet still telling the story chronologically. I truly felt like I was suffering through Bonhoeffer's ordeal, and yet I was inspired and encouraged by the strength with which he lived out his convictions.
Masterfully researched, recounted, and read. This has given me such great admiration and appreciation for the life and ministry of Bonhoeffer. And great insight into the backdrop of the aristocratic and academic cultural milieu in opposition to Hitler and Nazi Germany. I especially appreciated getting so much of the back story around the assassination attempts of Hitler, including the famous Stauffenberg attempt. I'd had no idea how involved Dietrich and his family had been. Fascinating. He has joined my personal pantheon of heroes.
Didn't even get the slightest bit interesting until about chapter 30 something. I think it missed out on so many details that could have really been interesting and telling of the time but instead we got a lot of bible passages.
so glad this saint's story is not lost in the obscurity of history. Metaxas presents the story masterfully. excellent narration as well.
Excellent biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I felt that I got to know the man, his family background, his thoughts, theology, his struggles, and passions. The reader did an outstanding job reading the biography. The book and performance kept me engrossed in it to the very end.
I was initially concerned about enduring over 22 hours of listening to a book but that quickly evaporated once I started. Probably the level of details contained in the book - with innumerous letters and conversations (superb research by Eric Metaxas...) is what probably impressed me the most, making the listening enjoyable and interesting.
Bonhoeffer himself, and that had to be since it is a biography. He seemed to be very wealthy, or at least his family was, certainly well connected in the upper levels of the German society (why not say aristocracy). Nevertheless, he lived his life knowing the Cost of Discipleship.
First time listening Hillgartner and I was very pleased (will look into other books). The long listening was not boring considering I did 2 stretches of 5 hours each in 2 days while driving (that says something...) plus other commute driving days.
The whole story is captivating but his perspective of Christianity in America (the differences between NY and the South) vs. Christianity in Europe was quite interesting.
The only thing I would point out is that the author could not describe the horrors of the war the way it must have been (unless we have a different perspective of the facts - at least the way we know it). Bonhoeffer travelled back and forth throughout Europe (even to US) during periods of extreme turmoil and the impression I had was that it wasn't such a problem to do that.
An inspirational story and picture of history that might surprise you. A Christian's resistance to Hitler
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