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)
How shallow are our thoughts in comparison! Incredible what he accomplished in his short time. This is a model of manhood that we should be teaching to our young generation.
The life and death of this man is truly incredible. I was encouraged and challenged the whole way through. I am grateful for the stories of the great men of character and valor that have come before me. I am inspired by this story to live a better life worthy of the calling that God has put on each and every one of us.
Metaxas captures the essence of this remarkable life in this thorough and well written biography. The audio performance is great and I flew through the 24 hours worth of this book with ease and will listen again in the future.
Very thorough and complete story of a great Christian man in World War II Germany! Very good example of how we should live with total dependence and reliance on Christ!
I would never have read this very lengthy biography if not for Audible. I enjoyed it for the history lesson from a different angle that it was on WW2, and for the very human and deep thinker that he was. I am inspired by it, and would recommend people know who this much admired man was.
By the end of this book, I felt as if I had known Bonhoeffer personally and loved him as a brother. I knew beforehand the facts of how Dietrich's life would end, but I felt the sorrow of loss in a way I have never felt for an historic man before. The exploration of the man, not the myth, was thorough and respectful. Great care was taken to give a full, rich picture of who he was in the context of his thoughts, personal growth and the historical events he was living through without being a white washing of this man's life and character. Contradiction and personal struggle was made plain, but in the almost tender way a dear friend would lay out your own flaws and complexities, or at least with the grace you would want them to grant your story after you are gone.
Would Mr. Metaxas please consider writing my biography?
This man was not just a model for Christians of all faiths but a model for all mankind to aspire to. His life transcended denomination and rebeled against "religion".
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was interesting and encouraging.
I think when listening to a book the person reading it makes a big difference. The person reading Bonhoeffer did a great job.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys biographies.
This great man was truly a saint by any measure of the word. Beautifully written wonderfully narrated. While I bought this as an audible book I will now purchase a hardback for my library.
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