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.
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“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)
His character. He answered a lot of question.
Great! He is a great reader
A True Chrisitan. Or Second Joshua.
If the book would have been small it would have been great.
Although the book dragged for me a couple of times, overall I enjoyed it very much. As well as the inspirational quality of his life, one got a good feel for how the privileged, conservative Germans, people of influence in German society, reacted over time to Hitler. It is an interesting group and one he had to manipulate to achieve his success, yet would also later contribute to the attempts on his life.
At times, one saw connections to our time, which I didn't feel was forced on the story. Of course a writer looks at a subject through a particular lens and, for me, that strengthened my interest in the subject.
inspiring, role model examlples, light in the darkess
Garden of the Breasts
bio of Bonhoeffer with collaborating other testimonies.
Caught up in the Nazi storm spanning three decades, Bonhoeffer taught by example how God meant humans to live. Submitted to God's call back from America's safety, Bonhoeffer's returned to Germany. His love for the Church universal and in Germany was evident by his willingness to help her stand to her feet and face a nations ire and scorn. His live gives great meaning to the term patriot. Bonhoeffer knew that without the salt and light of God's witness,the church, the moral ties to biblical moorings of faith, hope and love were cut and the great German people drifted out into an unprecedented fury- Hitler's Third Reich.
Fascinating. Inspiring. Tragic.
There were many things to like. I loved Metaxas's skillful and engaging writing. That coupled with the compelling story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the awesome narration made this the most captivating book I've read all year. It wasn't just interesting on a biographical and historical level; it also engaged the reader on philosophical, theological, and ethical questions. How could it not when it's about a Christian man who was involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler and deeply believes he is doing God's will? The book was just amazing on every level. Highly recommended.
I really enjoyed hearing his voice and I thought his performance was awesome. The German pronunciations were seamless and helpful, and when quotes from letters were read, he used different voices, which made it clear whether you were listening to Metaxas or someone else. He also was animated with his tone of voice (e.g., joyful, mournful, cynical) which helped me follow the book while I was driving and made sure that I never, ever lost interest. My ears were absolutely glued to it the entire time.
Well, it's 22 hours long, but I think I would have if I could have!
You have to hear this man's story! If you read no other biography this year, let this one be it!
I was able to read it in 3 weeks during my 9-hour/week commutes (an hour and a half each way 3x/week), so if you listened less than an hour each weekday (say you have a 30 min commute) you could finish it in a month.
This book takes you into the mind of Bonhoeffer and treats you like you are his best friend. It's a book that will move your heart to action.
In it's attention to detail it compares to James Boswell's account of the Life of Samuel Johnson.
The scenes of his boyhood and the description of his life in prison were most moving.
It has changed my outlook on my call to stand against the forces of evil in this world. It has drawn me back to an intimate relationship to God.
Not only the writing, but also the narration is outstanding. It provided an insider's look at the extreme challenges that the Christian Germans faced during Hitler's rise to power. It chronicles the faithfulness of Bonhoeffer, who was able to stand against the forces of evil and it makes one ponder, "What would I do in such a circumstance?" You can't read this book without being miraculously changed.
I wouldn't have time to read such a long book. I'm glad I could listen to it and get the information.
Great history about Bonhoeffer, Hitler, the Nazis and WW2.
I would prefer to read, however time is the issue for me as I travel in work.
the heart of the Bonhoeffer family, the history of not only Germany, but human nature as it relates to power, the legacy of Mrs. Bonhoeffer (this should be an encouragement to mothers everywhere) and the Providence of God told as history, as it should be, in the life of Mr Bonhoeffer.
adversity will not overcome faith
No. I don't listen to any books twice
The Diary of Anne Frank.
You can survive in a world gone mad. Even if your enemies think your story had ended.
a secular saint
There is no direct connection, but sometimes the name of John Milton comes up to my mind:
When the 17th century poet was traveling in Italy, he heard that Civil Revolution broke out in Engand. He decided to return to England to be a part of the Revolution. Bonhoeffer also returned to Germany to save his country although his American friend advised him to stay on in America.
No. This is the first time I have listened to his narration. Superb! Although English is not my native language, I could feel his enthusiam, breath, feelings, and rhythm of sympathy with the author and Bonhoeffer.
This book reminded me of my boyhood. I spent my boyhood in Yokoham, Japan, during the World War II. I know what wars are. Wars make people crazy and insane. In wars, they cannot make correct and right judgements. In this sense, nationalism is a kind of drug.
Are we free from narrow nationalism? It is always encouraging to discover that there existed such brave and conscientious men like Bonhoeffer.
I was glad to find this book in your reading lists. When I was a student, I read some of Bonhoeffer's works and was impressed and influenced by his theology - Christians must be able to live without God before God. Of course, Bonhoeffer's God was different from the conventional God --deus ex machina. However, most Christians, and sorry to say, many clergies are still asleep and content with the conventioanl concept of God. Bonhoeffer's theology has much to say even today. This is a must read.
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