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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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    marylynn ruxton, MD, United States 11-07-11
    marylynn ruxton, MD, United States 11-07-11
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    My mood is somber as I complete this book. I rarely write any kind of review beyond a thumbs up or down, but I want so much to talk about this book. The thing that strikes me so much about Dietrich Bonhoeffer is not the tragedy of his death, but the importance of his life. He wasn't so much bold and brave as he was convicted by his faith, his complete trust in God. That he was a key figure in the Nazi resistance and member of one of Germany's academically elite families somehow take the back seat.

    Everyone knows what happened during the second World War; the atrocities of Hitler and the Third Reich, but this perspective is absolutely astounding. Hitler truly was the incarnation of evil, in an almost supernatural embodiment. Those who stood up to him were unbelievably courageous and those who lost their lives to his "work" are true martyrs. I'm surprised that Bonhoeffer's story is not more widely known or taught in our historical education.

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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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    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".

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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 2016

    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.

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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?


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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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    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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