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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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    Kismet 06-12-12
    Kismet 06-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Very disappointing"

    Metaxas writes history, not as an historian would, but like a high school student: first this happened, then that happened, and then this other thing. He has no overarching thesis to develop, no interpretation of Bonhoeffer or his life. When he does offer commentary, it is almost always a banal repeating of a direct quotation in slightly different words.

    Bonhoeffer was an extraordinary person and not even the author's plodding narrative can hide this. But I regret that so many people will know Bonhoeffer only through this caricature of a biography.

    The narration is fine, except for most of the German pronunciation, which again sounds like an American high school student, and not very close to how we actually pronounce German words.

    It may take ten years or more before there is room in the publishing world for a new English language biography of Bonhoeffer, but I predict this one will quickly and rightly be forgotten once that happens.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    mpdc 01-01-15
    mpdc 01-01-15 Member Since 2014
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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 2014

    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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    Judith Schiffer 10-31-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is close to nothing about Bonhoeffer helping to rescue Jews in this book, which makes sense, since according to Yad Veshem, he did not save any Jews.
    The book was much too long, and too full of long sermons and correspondence by Bonhoeffer. Since he was saying essentially the same things in his sermons and most of his letters, it became very repetitive and I started to feel like I was in a Sunday School class. It would have been a much better book had it been at least 1/3 shorter.


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was superb.


    3 of 4 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 2015

    Letting the rest of the world go by

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Pearland, TX, United States 03-24-12
    Beth Pearland, TX, United States 03-24-12
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    "Listen to this book!"
    Where does Bonhoeffer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This may be the best biography I've ever read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bonhoeffer. (Stupid question.)


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Animation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An examined life, well lived.


    Any additional comments?

    Reads like an exciting novel -- Against the background of the Nazi rise to power and WW2, Bonhoeffer''s life is gripping and inspiring. Answers the question,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 06-25-11
    Rebecca 06-25-11 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "A curious mind wonders why Hitler happened"

    If solely the subject was critiqued, it would be quite high. Bonhoeffer was brilliant and unwavering that his purpose was to serve God. However, I found much of the book uninteresting and tedious.

    I was introduced to Bonhoeffer in Richard J. Evan's three volumes on the third Reich. I approached that and this book with curiosity - why could a sophisticated, cultured people allow Hitler to happen? I loved those three books and want to learn more.

    The book helped me with my understanding. As with everything, its very complicated, and certainly not the black and white of good vs. evil. I learned more about the religious resistance, albeit small, and the plot to kill Hitler. I was moved by the demonstration of intellectualism and faith by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his family and friends. To do what is needed for the bigger end, including being a double spy, and plotting Hitler's death is going much deeper than following faith by rote. I was moved also by the sacrifice his parents made would be devastating (losing 3 sons and 2 son-in-laws).

    Perhaps if rather than a historical curiosity, I was approaching from wanting to learn more about Bonhoeffer's Christian philosophy I would feel differently, but for me this book was a long 22 hour listen.

    The narration by Malcolm Hillgartner was excellent. There is simply too much detail.

    This is the second book I read by Eric Metaxas. I enjoyed "Amazing Grace - William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery" much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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