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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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    Dianne GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 10-26-11
    Dianne GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Well researched story of a true martyr."

    The author has produced a work that gives a well-rounded look at what Germany was like as Hitler rose to power. Drawing from extensive sources, he shows how one man held fast to his convictions. This is an informative, yet not boring explanation of Bonhoeffer's theology as well.

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    Bruce Dulles, VA, United States 10-21-11
    Bruce Dulles, VA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "For Theologians, NOT WWII Historians"

    I had high expectations and was REALLY disappointed by this story.
    Fresh from a viewing of "Valkyrie" (which I LOVED) I jumped into the era by purchasing this book.
    The work does provide some interesting descriptions of daily life in Hitler's Germany, but for the most part it is detailed account of Bonhoeffer, his family, friends & his career as a theologian.
    Considering his profession, I should have expected the book would feature long passages concerning God and the struggle between good and evil in the context of Bonhoeffer's role as a prominent protestant theologian.
    If you're a believer, then you might find the work to be very interesting. For me, as a non-believer, I found it to be very tedious listening to the intellectual dissection of God and the struggle between good and evil and the role man should play in all of this. From my perspective these dilemmas were pointless and made listening a rough go.
    The story is an account of Bonhoeffer's internal turmoil and for me that is not satisfying enough to recommend this book to others.

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    Steven New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada 10-10-11
    Steven New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada 10-10-11 Member Since 2013
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    "An excellent historical biography"

    A compelling story of one of the heros of the German people during an incredibly dark season in their history and the history of the world. Very well read by Malcolm Hillgartner. He made the story and the charactiers come to life as he painted a vivid picture through his interpretation and expression. A highly recommended read - or listen!

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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 09-11-11
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 09-11-11 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "An incredible story."

    This is a very sad but very uplifting book. For me, it never dragged, even the reading of Bonhoeffer's writings. In the end, I liked the narrator, but at times his pronunciation was off -- for the first part of the book, he said "Bonhoofer," rather than "Bonhoffer," which it is much closer to. Other than that, great book.

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    morganti HILLSBOROUGH, NC, United States 09-06-11
    morganti HILLSBOROUGH, NC, United States 09-06-11
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    "Well Written, Skillfully Narrated"

    An exceptional biography. The ending of the book left me seriously depressed-- not so much because of Bonhoeffer's fate, but because the story was over.

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    Curtis 08-14-11
    Curtis 08-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Relevent for today"

    Very interesting book on how a church and a nation can cave in and lose their way when they feel they need to appease the masses. Presbyterian USA members would be well advised to read this book after what happened at the July 2011 conference. This has happened in the past and could very well happen again.

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    Hika 08-12-11
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    "Must listen"

    A story of someone who stood up for his principals while other religous leaders and institutions sold out to the nazis. Listeners will find much to think about after hearing this book. There are many lessons that apply to ourselves, our churches, our employers, and our government. Narration good, research exellent. Very highly recommended.

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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 08-09-11
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Powerful….moving"

    An exceptional book about the life of an extraordinary man. This book was recommended to me by my father who is a Christian and theologian himself. He regards Bonhoeffer as one of the premier theologians of the 20th century. The book appealed to me on many levels. I have become more interested in Christian “thinkers” (C.S. Lewis, etc) as I have grown up and I very much enjoy history—especially related to World War II. Obviously this book is both!

    I walked away from this book thinking that Bonhoeffer was truly a living saint for the short time he was alive. The effect that this man had on everyone who crossed is path was quite remarkable—often including his jailers and those who were persecuting him.

    Today you could probably not find a single World War II era German who would ever acknowledge support for Hitler and the National Socialist/Nazi movement; however somehow they and Hitler managed to rise to power right under all of Germany’s noses. Germans such as Bonhoeffer showed extreme courage in their consistent resistance against the Nazis and their horrific treatment of the Jews and others. Bonhoeffer likely knew he would pay for it with his life (which he did), but through it all his faith in Christ and his faith in what was right never waivered. God bless this man.

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    Neryl BAULKHAM HILLS, Australia 07-04-11
    Neryl BAULKHAM HILLS, Australia 07-04-11
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    "Affecting"

    Anyone with an interest in WW2, or in theology, or in church history, or in inspiring personalities, should read this book. The reader does a great job of representing the various characters using small changes in tone and accent. Well Done.

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    pooka55 CA USA 06-30-11
    pooka55 CA USA 06-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating and Well Read"

    This book was a joy to listen to. It is well written, compelling, and informative. Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner is easy to listen to. As I listened, I sensed that the narrator was accurately presenting the material as the author intended and was truly interested in what he was reading. He drew me into the story and it was difficult to "put the book down", in an audio way of course. I will probably listen to this book again someday. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Bonhoeffer or 20th century history.

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