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Bonhoeffer Audiobook

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

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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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    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 02-20-11
    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 02-20-11
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    "Remarkable man"

    An engrossing and thorough review of the life of a 20th century saint. In addition to the biography of Bonhoeffer, author gives insights into the horrific psyche of the Nazis. A comparison of Bonhoeffer to the Nazis is chilling. Realizing that both he and they were members of the human race beggars the imagination. The author and narrator are both excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 02-09-11
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 02-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "offer that which costs you something"

    good book about a great man and a great life
    metaxas tone is through and detailed and respectful
    he does not attempt to undermine or exploit his subject

    bonhoeffer's background was frighteningly aloof and academic
    at many points in his youth he seemed to hold life at arm's length
    the war and nazi politics stripped all of that away

    he embraced the opportunity to confront evil head on
    the assassination plots seems amateurish in retrospect
    his disregard of american seminaries seems spot on

    his embrace of the african-american church is perceptive
    the book hinges on his decision to return to germany from NYC
    he willingly faced almost certain death but saw no other choice

    what does it mean to be a christian in the 20th century ?
    no man ever answered that question better than bonhoeffer
    "... i will not offer that which costs me nothing ..."

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Blythe California 02-27-16
    Blythe California 02-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Somewhat heavy on theology but still interesting"
    What did you like best about this story?

    We don't often hear the stories of Germans who opposed the Nazis, and this book describes the heroic and often tragic efforts by those Germans who DID see the evils Hitler was bringing in, and tried desperately to stop him. Lessons and people very worthy of remembering.


    Any additional comments?

    Having grown up mostly hearing the history of WWII from the English perspective, I'm only recently learning more details of the brave Germans who tried from within to resist and overthrow the Nazis.

    During the war Churchill deliberately chose to ignore their efforts and paint all Germans as evil Nazis for propaganda reasons, and to some extent that's the image that prevails to this day. But there were Germans horrified by what was happening, there were several assassination attempts from within, and many good people and their families were tortured and executed in retaliation when these failed. The Bonhoeffer family was one of those heavily involved in the resistance, and the youngest son Dietrich was especially prescient about the evils to come. Through this biography of Dietrich the author paints a picture of the situation in Germany for those horrified by Hitler's actions, and lays out the failures and frustrations of the resistance.

    Bonhoeffer was a pastor and theologian so this biography is fairly heavy on the aspects of his faith, but not in a way that detracts from the story. Whether you share Bonhoeffer's faith or not, his dedication to it is clearly admirable and his faith led him very clearly to see before most how wrong the Nazis were and how much worse it would get if not stopped. He worked tirelessly to get German Christians to denounce the Nazi version of "Christianity", spread the word of what was really happening through his church contacts in England, and supported the plot to kill Hitler. He was clearly a remarkable thinker and man of faith, and through his writings and letters this biography reveals both the man himself and the circumstances and tragedies of his life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brigham 12-15-15
    Brigham 12-15-15

    I am what you might call a literary philanderer...

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    "Having Never Heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer..."

    Wow. Having never heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I was surprised I stumbled into this title. Lists of algorithm-generated recommendations are hit-or-miss at best, yet in this case, I was pleasantly surprised.

    I did not foresee agreeing with so many details of Bonhoeffer's theology. The fact that I did continues to please me. Here is a man, born into a world of religious ambiguity, who finds himself compelled toward religious and theological pursuit. In his pursuit, he obtains a Doctorate of Theology before he is 30 years old. He breaks from rhetorical tradition. And he introduces the idea that God is very real rather than merely axiomatic.

    This is but the beginning of what the book offers. As far as biographies go, it was well researched, well organized, and well presented. The author has succeeded, as my next thought is to find an English translation of Bonhoeffer's "Ethics".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mpdc 01-01-15
    mpdc 01-01-15
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    "incredible, inspiring!"
    Where does Bonhoeffer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be one of the best I have ever listened to - both in terms of content and performance.


    What other book might you compare Bonhoeffer to and why?

    Long Walk To Freedom - to hear about a truly committed person who is inspiring just by who he was.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. I would say this is a must read for anyone who is searching for examples of a life well lived.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay smith 08-14-14
    Jay smith 08-14-14 Member Since 2017

    As a volunteer librarian, I have a reverence for books, from C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity or R.A. Salvatores stories of Drizzt D'Urden.

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    "Bonhoeffer VS Cheap Grace"
    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    Deep voice, but did not make me fall asleep. Was very engaging.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most of the book moved me, I found myself tearing up or feeling like I could shout encouragement like a cheerleader.


    Any additional comments?

    A great biography for everyone to have under their belt. And the details are great, unexpected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 02-08-14
    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 02-08-14 Member Since 2010

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    "An Inspiring History of a Great Man"

    Eric Metaxas wrote a carefull biography of a man intended to live accordingly with the Bible. His narratives about the events that composed Bonhoofer life allowed the reader to understood the dilemas faced by this man of God. By listened to it, one will have a good account about Bonhoofer's life, family and dificulties. Bonhoofer's life inspired every cristian who desires to live in a significative manner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 03-18-13
    Benjamin 03-18-13
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    "Wow... expanding and enlightening"
    Where does Bonhoeffer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is the second best audible book I have ever listened to. The best would be Team of Rivals. This book has the ability to change you. How does your faith influence your actions? Does your faith play in your lens of how you view your world? It should. If it doesn't, is it really faith?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Richmond, KY, United States 03-02-13
    Chris Richmond, KY, United States 03-02-13
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    "How petty it makes our personal lives seem today."

    Bonhoeffer had everything to live for, His family had all the connections needed to secure him a comfortable life without worry. He chose an education in Theology at age 12, step by step he examines the questions of God, Christ and the Holy Bible from an academics perspective. As he moved through his education and the historical occurrances of Europe (Nazi's and Hitler) you laugh with him and cry as well at the love and conviction he developed along his short but fulfilling life. On a side note if you believe in Christ and have questions due to a number of reasons or if you want perspective to solidify your faith read this now and buy a hard copy for your home library as well. You'll read it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 11-09-12
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2016

    l'enfer c'est les autres

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    "Hagiographic telling of an interesting person"

    The book is more than a biography. The historical context of the times (pre-nazi Germany and the war years) was incredibly enlightening. The book also gives a great explanation of religious philosophy and how Bonhoeffer thought about theology. There were even some good peeks into the US in the early 1930's.

    There's something to be said for a biographer who admires the person he is writing about as much as this author obviously does. It makes the story fairly easy to listen to. I would suggest that the author would have been better served by not making everything Bohhoeffer did seem so perfect and justifying any mistake Bonhoeffer might have made. Sometimes the mistakes we make serve to make us more divine and don't need to be explained away.

    The narrator did an excellent job. He reads it with the idolizing tone the author had intended and he doesn't butcher the German passages at all.

    You'll get a uncritical biography (which make for the most listenable biographies), some of the best historical context of the time, and good explanation of the theology of Bonhoeffer.

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    CHELMSFORD, United Kingdom
    3/7/12
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    "Inspiring humbling history, from the other side!"

    Having never considered the possibility of Christianity existing in the country which produced the Nazi regime and Hitler, I was totally amazed at this magnificent biography. I was humbled to hear the grief expressed by a German Christian at the horror of Auschwitz, and the virtual annihilation (or attempted), of Jews, Gypsies, disabled people, and many another minority groups. I had, to my disgust, assumed that all Germans were similar to Hitler, in their thoughts, beliefs, and general demeanour. How wrong I was! I suppose because I come from a generation whose parents were affected by the second world war – their parents either fighting against 'the Germans' physically, or widowed because of the war. Because of never studying history from an unbiased perspective, I am ignorant. I am very much aware of the difference between those of Nazi-mentality, many of whom exist today, and those German Christians, many I'm sure exist to this day. I'm very grateful for having my eyes opened. One should never ASSUME anything! Praise the Lord!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    4/18/12
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    "Inspiration for the discerning reader"

    This biography has come under various degrees of criticism from scholars who accuse Metaxas of hijacking Bonhoeffer for the evangelical cause. They no doubt have a point, but then every side has wanted to claim this remarkable, courageous, ambiguous man as their own. As a card-carrying evangelical I tried to listen with discernment, but nevertheless emerged with a deep sense of gratitude for the life of such an astonishing and inspirational individual. Metaxas is a superb writer, and I found the narration to be excellent. Whatever quibbles one might have about how the author interprets some of the details of Bonhoeffers life and theology, only the hardest heart will fail to be moved by this wonderfully told account.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Pad de Braye
    London UK
    3/24/17
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    "Powerful, Humbling, and Prescient"

    It is, of course, impossible for any biography to fully capture and convey everything there is to say about the individual concerned but this book accomplishes something extraordinary in its telling of this extraordinary man's life.

    Piecing together the historical evidence, the stories and anecdotes of those who knew him, the photos and love letters passed too and from the man, you're left with a clear sense of what it must gave been like to live amidst the struggles of these years and of what drove this passionate and brave theologian to live out the message of Christ the way he did.

    This book is not only a great read, it presents us with an extremely timely message that the church again will need to address in the days ahead.

    The lessons Bonhoeffer took pains to define and declare in his day are ones we today would at our own peril ignore.

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  • Matt Fry
    Bromley, UK
    3/23/17
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    "Humbling account"

    An incredible man, described in great detail. Well read, sensitive and good pace. I recommend this book if you are interested in the German perspective of the lead up to and the years of the Second World War

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/18/16
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    "Bonhoeffer"

    An excellent book about an excellent man. An audio book worthy of listening to multiple times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr S Harris
    Cardiff Wales
    10/16/16
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    "Well worth the 20 hours of listening"

    A thorough and detailed look at the life, faith and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    An inspirational man who's life is a challenge to us all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    4/16/15
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    "Enjoy"

    Excellent, thoroughly enjoyed. Long but necessarily so, to do justice to Bonhoeffer and his remarkable and challenging story.
    Narration very pleasant and easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    4/2/15
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    "This story is extraordinary"

    This book is detailed and reveals a though telling of Bonhoeffer's life and theology. It is challenging and a worthwhile read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte Faint
    3/21/15
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    "excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to Bonhoeffer the most enjoyable?

    'enjoyable'.. but a really easy to listen to book and deeply thought provoking,


    Any additional comments?

    if you want an insight into the war and Bonhoeffer - excellent, easy and very difficult to read at the same time. Wasn't graphically horrible, but you get the gist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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