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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Finally, all the pieces I've learned of Bonhoeffer's life and writings together in one magnum opus. This is a multidimensional social, political and historical tour de force: theological history, church history, political history, war history, and his personal history, so intertwined and seamlessly narrated. This is the story of the formation and development of one of the few members of the Christian church during Hitler's reign who maintained and grew in integrity in inverse proportions to those around him who grew in "dis" integrity, and participated in Hitler's evil, both implicitly and explicitly. This one man stands as a giant among most mortals, Christian or otherwise, during a pivotally-evil time in human history. He had an enormously positive influence and character development and family loyalty through his intellectually rigorous father and his morally astute mother, and generations of socially influential relatives. Bonhoeffer lived out his profound family membership with everyone he met, wherever he went in community, and especially to his vocation as pastor. This biography not only tells his personal development but also his theological development, including his theological training, his writings such as Ethics, Discipleship, Act and Being, his dialogue with other theologians, especially Karl Barth. The development of his faith is pointed out--at one point he goes all in, and commits himself to Christ, the Church and whatever God's will is for him day by day. At this point he becomes committed to serving the Church, and in his situation, the Church as it was in Germany--which raises all kinds of problems, because the Church sells out to Hitler, causing a crisis of faith and action for Bonhoeffer. I was constantly amazed by his torn loyalties between tradition, nation, family, and the struggle to act spiritually when these structures became poisoned by Hitler. He responded with his whole being and character, and turned death on its head.
The content of this book is meaty and riveting. I'm on my second listen to it because I feel there is much I might have missed the first time through. Highly recommend this book. Also, the narrator's voice is very pleasant to my ears. As a person who instinctively likes "happy endings" it was heartbreaking to bear witness to Bonhoeffer's untimely demise but inspiring to read of a true hero who stood for right at all costs. Additionally, I liked the historical timeline of Germany and the rise of the Nazi party included in this biographical look at this heroic pastor. Admittedly, I am embarrassingly ignorant of history so even a cursory glance would improve my knowledge base. Overall, cannot recommend this book highly enough.
If you are interested in a more personal view of WWII, this is an excellent book. It drags a little some times but very interesting. Bonhoeffer was an amazing person. Great story, Great buy!
An incredible story about an inspiring man. I am very grateful that I had the chance to listen to this great book. I was captivated through all the stories that were woven together in a way that mostly keeps the audience interested and excited. There were a few places that seemed to drag with painstaking detail but some may appreciate it -- as I did in many instances.
The narration was nothing but superb. I will look for Hillgartner's narrations in future books.
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This is a good book for someone who likes theology and preachy monologues. Most of the book, the author just reads Bonhoeffer's religious monologues either through his letters or diary entries. I was interested in learning about a pastor who became a spy during one of the worst times in the last century against a tyrant. But the author keeps his focus on Bonhoeffer's religious ideals during the whole time. There were hardly a chapter or two about his work as a spy.
This book celebrates life of Bonhoeffer and his principles but gets very long and tedious in the middle. I would recommend an abridged version of this book. Three-quarters of the book is about German Christians and Confessing churches differences.
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