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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich | [Eric Metaxas]

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Randall HOUSTON, TX, United States 10-10-12
    Randall HOUSTON, TX, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An Incredibly Intimate Account of Bonhoeffer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Bonhoeffer to and why?

    In it's attention to detail it compares to James Boswell's account of the Life of Samuel Johnson.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes of his boyhood and the description of his life in prison were most moving.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Melissa Rogers, AR, United States 09-22-12
    Melissa Rogers, AR, United States 09-22-12
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    "Thorough biography, interesting."
    What made the experience of listening to Bonhoeffer the most enjoyable?

    I wouldn't have time to read such a long book. I'm glad I could listen to it and get the information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great history about Bonhoeffer, Hitler, the Nazis and WW2.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Irmo, SC, United States 09-17-12
    Richard Irmo, SC, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A MUST READ"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bonhoeffer to be better than the print version?

    I would prefer to read, however time is the issue for me as I travel in work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not yet


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    adversity will not overcome faith


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billy Marksville, LA, United States 09-17-12
    Billy Marksville, LA, United States 09-17-12
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    "It was a good listen."
    Would you listen to Bonhoeffer again? Why?

    No. I don't listen to any books twice


    What other book might you compare Bonhoeffer to and why?

    The Diary of Anne Frank.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can survive in a world gone mad. Even if your enemies think your story had ended.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hidekazu Iwata, Japan 09-03-12
    Hidekazu Iwata, Japan 09-03-12
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    "To be sane in an insame world we need a Bonhoeffer"
    If you could sum up Bonhoeffer in three words, what would they be?

    a secular saint


    What other book might you compare Bonhoeffer to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.
    Hidekazu Utsunomiya
    8-3-2012

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    Steven Ellis Capitola, CA USA 08-22-12
    Steven Ellis Capitola, CA USA 08-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Limited viewpoint"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. Metaxas ignores great sweeps of Bonhoeffer's thought and deals only with that which fits with what I assume are his evangelical presuppositions.


    What was most disappointing about Eric Metaxas???s story?

    There is no significant exploration of what Bonhoeffer might have meant by "religionless Christianity". While some have taken enormous license with this to mean something quite post Christian, which is an impossible interpretation of Bonhoeffer, Metaxas shies away from Bonhoeffer's critique of the way his church failed to engage culture and the common good.


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    Lauren United States 08-14-12
    Lauren United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The best book I've read in ten years!"

    Eric Metaxas has done has superb job with this book. I would normally shy away from such a long authorship, but he never lost my attention. Quite the contrary! I couldn't quit listening. The audio is fabulous and never sounds like a dull script.

    My only fault with this audible book is that the postscript is not included with the audio version (I also have the book in print) and I was very disappointed to find that this significant portion of the book (the part that tell what happened to other significant characters) missing entirely. I suppose it was for the sake of time restraints, but I would have gladly listened to an extra half hour!

    I *highly* recommend this book (both audible and print) to everyone I meet. It is the best book of the decade and such a timely publish for our shaky world. Be prepared to be challenged, encouraged, and put in awe of this magnificent man named Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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    Palouse Walla Walla, WA 08-13-12
    Palouse Walla Walla, WA 08-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    If you could sum up Bonhoeffer in three words, what would they be?

    Stunning
    Necessary
    Relevant


    What did you like best about this story?

    That one human COULD do so much when acting without the restrictions of disabling fear and acting out of love for God, country and family. Relentlessly pursuing that which is right and being willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to see that right would win! We should all be as courageous!


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it is quite long. It worked perfectly on a road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    It amazes me how much history we don't know and aren't sharing with our children via the spoken or written word. The back stories behind any of our historical figures gives more of an insight to what compelled them to the actions they took. We all need to stop our everyday routines, approach history and learn.

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    Donald 08-13-12
    Donald 08-13-12
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    "Bonhoeffer - A New View of WWII - Never seen on TV"
    Would you listen to Bonhoeffer again? Why?

    The historical and emothional presentation must be listen to more than once - As a student of WWII , I never realized the church was so involved with the elimination of Hitler. This will stay in my library


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complete history of the Bonhoeffer family - the first book seems little dull, but is necessary to understand the develpment of the story. The back and forth in time was also helpful.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    Very good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Could not possibly do this, too intense and need time to think about it - This is not a "fun" quick story.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read from a historical and religious point of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-06-12
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    "Very interesting, but somewhat repetitive"
    Any additional comments?

    The book was very interesting about Bonhoeffer's life and also from a historical point of view. If you are looking for the definitive life of Bonhoeffer, this is it. The person who is looking for general information may find it too detailed. For me, it needed tighter editing and I found myself skipping parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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