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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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inspiring

slow to start but tells the story of one of the greatest men of faith who ever walked the earth.

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Fascinating!!

Amazing story of an interesting man! Never criticize anyone before hearing their story. Deeply moving! Highly recommended!! Inspires me to read Bonhoeffer's books.

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Well-researched

To read this book, I had to appreciate not only the magnitude and uniqueness of the subject but of the author writing it. Eric Metaxas certainly understood his subject matter and presented Bonhoeffer and away that showed the quality of his research in a way that was comprehensive and engaging. I felt like knowing more about Bonhoeffer was to learn more about myself and the world in which I live.

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Slow moving and repetitious, but ...

Based on diary entries and letters of an introspective person that gives every thought and action great consideration.. It could have been shorter! However, I did learn about Hitler's methodical takeover of Germany, the errors made by the German people and others that allowed Hitler's power to grow and what some countries did to prevent their country from falling prey to the Nazi regime.

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Incredibly Interesting and Inspiring

This book was much more than a biography. As a biography, the writer used a vast number of original sources to set forth Bonhoeffer's life. But he did much more, quoting from Bonhoeffer's books, letters, poems, and sermons--words that can greatly inspire a Christian to live wholly and completely for the Lord. The book also provides great insight into the German resistance to the Nazi regime. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I'm a better person because of this book

this is an excellent book. It is extremely well-written and researched and I feel better for having listened to it. It was easy to listen to and I did not struggle working my way through it as I have an interest in German history and Christian theology but even someone who didn't have an interest in those areas would find the book compelling for many reasons. The narrator does a good job and only struggles occasionally pronouncing German words. I highly recommend the book and I'm grateful to have had an opportunity to learn about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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Amazing and intense!

Loved it! The narrator did an amazing job, the book is very intense and he conveyed that. You really get taken in.

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Incredible Story I had never really heard before

If you could sum up Bonhoeffer in three words, what would they be?

An incredible story - ! He is now an inspiration to me... incredibly sad story for us to listen to but what a joyous reward he is now receiving...!

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great biography

a very good biography. written well and is full and complete. this work contains the most important and meaningful quotes, letters, and events in Bonhoeffer's life.

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Incredible

Incredibly story about an incredible servant. It was life changing and inspiring. Well be listening to this one again.