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)
this was a wonderfully written and performed account of the life and theological ideology of Bonhoeffer. As someone who studied some of Bonhoeffer's writings and Theology in Seminary, I was very impressed with the historical, cultural, and familial context the author delineated beside Bonhoeffer's ideas. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
I loved this book. What an inspiration Bonhoeffer was, is. I love Eric Metaxas writing, I'll read anything he writes. If you want to be inspired, read this book on Bonhoeffer.
I had only vaguely known Bonhoeffer's name before a friend recommended this book! Am I ever glad she told me about the book! This one man's life has had a great affect of so many, and his efforts to stiffle Natziism in Germany put him on the level of a saint!
Bonhoeffer, himself, is my favorite character, but I also fell in love with his grandmother!
This book has made me aware how easy evil can inculcate itself in what would normally be a decent society. We, oursleves, are not immune.
Ready for some serious thinking? Listen to Bonhoeffer!
I didn't expect such a drawn out focus on his religious beliefs. I thought it might be more based on morals that he acted the way he did.
Eric Metaxas' voice served the story well enough, but even his reading couldn't drag it out of its boredom.
Pronounced Bonhoofer apparently. I found I didn't enjoy the bits about his theology (he was very conservative) except for his idea of 'cheap grace' and taking action for what you believe in. He was a very warm and nice man who stood up for what he believed in and they killed him out of spite.
He was no saint though, for instance, he decided to get engaged to an 18 year old when he knew the Nazis were closing in? Why get her and her family involved? I found the explantion lame, I think he could be a bit of a salesman when he wanted to be.
This was also a good history if you wanted to see German history from a German layman's point of view. I knew there were some assassination attempts on Hitler but not that many. Crazy how he escaped all of them by a hair. Bonhoeffer should have escaped too but didn't make it. Life is very random.
This audio verion is wonderfully done.
Bonhoeffer demonstrated unbending courage to stand against the Nazis and even the failings of his own church!
Hillgartner did a magnficient job of portraying each character differently and with great emotion bringing forth the sadness, joy, and horror of the times.
This audo book will remind all Christians that Salvation may be free but that it never truly comes without a tremendous cost.
I highly reccomend this relevant biography of Christianity in action!
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WAY out of my normal interest in books, but it was time well spent. Interesting and educational read. If you have some free time on your hands, you could spend it in a lot less entertaining and informative ways than reading this book. It is educational and thought provoking on many levels. I suspect that most will find it interesting primarily from historical, religious and spiritual perspectives. I found myself alternately being bored and then needing to look for more references in the first 1/3 or so. After that, things moved much more quickly. It was interesting to me learning more about the German Church’s complicity in Hitler’s rise and a small group of men’s internal and external struggles in trying to bring him down as part of Valkyrie.
Soar into a new world of honor and faith when you listen to the amazing story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer!!! This book challenges your ideas of right and wrong and makes you dwell on the lives of faithful, bold men and women from the past. His inspiring story will make you live every day with the question of "what if it's my last?" and will affirm your suspicions that wealth and title are not the only things worth living for..... Great work by Eric Metaxas and wonderful narration!
Read excellently. I had no idea the man Bonhoeffer was. Truly a privilege to get to know him. How incredibly sad this amazing and gifted man was taken from our world.
The entire book held me captive.
The guard in the jail commenting upon watching Deitrich pray how he couldn't get over the fact that 'Deitrich prayed as a man assured his God was listening'.
Well couldn't to that for over 20 hours but sure wanted to, yes, found it very hard to let go off.
READ IT. You won't be the same.
I appreciated learning more of this important person in the Christian faith. However, the book is very poorly written, At first I thought that the narrator had made a mistake and repeated a rather large section of the material. But then it happened again and I realized that the author deliberately repeated himself very often. I would rather have ahard copy so I could pass over the repeated sections.
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