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 content of this book is meaty and riveting. I'm on my second listen to it because I feel there is much I might have missed the first time through. Highly recommend this book. Also, the narrator's voice is very pleasant to my ears. As a person who instinctively likes "happy endings" it was heartbreaking to bear witness to Bonhoeffer's untimely demise but inspiring to read of a true hero who stood for right at all costs. Additionally, I liked the historical timeline of Germany and the rise of the Nazi party included in this biographical look at this heroic pastor. Admittedly, I am embarrassingly ignorant of history so even a cursory glance would improve my knowledge base. Overall, cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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.
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