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)
I have heard of Bonhoeffer for years but never studies much about him. I'm glad I finally has the opportunity to remedy that. One of the best books I have read in some time.
A very difficult listen. Repetitive reaffirmations of sunjects religious beliefs that seemed unending. There is clearly much more to the individual than his dedication to God. Would have been great to have an analysis on the political and not such a heavy weight on reestablishing the religous convictions.
I knew many things of Bonhoeffer and yet I knew nothing of the man. Bonhoeffer was an incredibly complex man with very deep thoughts on God and his relation to man. Yet that is not the entire story and I very much enjoyed this portrait.
The author does a great job of painting a very detailed image of not only Deitrich, but those around him and the dark world in which he lived.
Malcolm Hillgartner did a great job reading this as well. He brought life to the text.
What an interesting and extensive portrayal of Bonhoeffer, while also offering a huge lesson in history simultaneously. It was both informative and engaging, with wonderful voices by Mr. Hillgartner. I'm so glad I listened to it as my pronunciation of the German would've been terrible. I also hope to be a better person because of how Bonhoeffer lived his life.
This is one of the most valuable apps on our phones. My kids get car sick if they read. Books keep them quiet. No fighting!
While I knew how DB's life ended, I found myself hoping I was wrong. What an enormous foot print Mr. Bonhoeffer left not only on Christianity, but our world.
I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.
When others from the prison he was in wrote how uplifting and calm he was while most others were in dispair. He knew what he was in for and knew what god had in store for him.
No particular scene, just the bits of the book that show that even though he was a devout Christian and was willing to die for his religion he was a man who loved to play. Whether it was table tennis, soccer or whatever he was also a big kid at times.
If you want to listen to an uplifting christian book that is also a great history book this will certainly do.
This book is without exaggeration the best biography I've ever read. It is also the only book I would claim had changed my life. Eric Metaxis does this biography much better then others I have read since on this great man. I have also read all the works of Dietrich Bonheoffer since reading this bio. Highly recommend this audio book.
"Inspiring humbling history, from the other side!"
Having never considered the possibility of Christianity existing in the country which produced the Nazi regime and Hitler, I was totally amazed at this magnificent biography. I was humbled to hear the grief expressed by a German Christian at the horror of Auschwitz, and the virtual annihilation (or attempted), of Jews, Gypsies, disabled people, and many another minority groups. I had, to my disgust, assumed that all Germans were similar to Hitler, in their thoughts, beliefs, and general demeanour. How wrong I was! I suppose because I come from a generation whose parents were affected by the second world war – their parents either fighting against 'the Germans' physically, or widowed because of the war. Because of never studying history from an unbiased perspective, I am ignorant. I am very much aware of the difference between those of Nazi-mentality, many of whom exist today, and those German Christians, many I'm sure exist to this day. I'm very grateful for having my eyes opened. One should never ASSUME anything! Praise the Lord!
"Inspiration for the discerning reader"
This biography has come under various degrees of criticism from scholars who accuse Metaxas of hijacking Bonhoeffer for the evangelical cause. They no doubt have a point, but then every side has wanted to claim this remarkable, courageous, ambiguous man as their own. As a card-carrying evangelical I tried to listen with discernment, but nevertheless emerged with a deep sense of gratitude for the life of such an astonishing and inspirational individual. Metaxas is a superb writer, and I found the narration to be excellent. Whatever quibbles one might have about how the author interprets some of the details of Bonhoeffers life and theology, only the hardest heart will fail to be moved by this wonderfully told account.
Excellent, thoroughly enjoyed. Long but necessarily so, to do justice to Bonhoeffer and his remarkable and challenging story.
Narration very pleasant and easy to listen to.
"This story is extraordinary"
This book is detailed and reveals a though telling of Bonhoeffer's life and theology. It is challenging and a worthwhile read.
'enjoyable'.. but a really easy to listen to book and deeply thought provoking,
if you want an insight into the war and Bonhoeffer - excellent, easy and very difficult to read at the same time. Wasn't graphically horrible, but you get the gist.
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