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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; 1st Edition edition (30 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802869025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802869029
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 873,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Library Journal" (STARRED review) Of books relating to the Third Reich there is no end. This book is not typical of the genre; it celebrates the quiet heroism of 11 preachers. . . . The superb editing and introduction by former Presbyterian pastor Stroud set the sermons in context and tell us that some of these brave men died for their convictions. . . . An immense contribution to the literature of Christian witness and should be read by all pastors and serious historians of Christianity. "Christian Century" In the Hitler era, a small number of German pastors associated with the Confessing Church dared to speak against Nazi rule. Some lost their lives for doing so. . . . Stroud describes the political situation and the prevailing religious attitudes that these pastors courageously engaged. The sermons show the power of good theology, biblical exposition, and practical application. "Christianity Today" While many German churches caved under Nazi pressure, compromising their doctrines and moral integrity, others courageously held firm. This volume examines sermons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, and other preachers who refused to be intimidated into silence. "Ecumenism" This look at Christian life inside the Third Reich gives readers a real sense of the danger that preachers opposed to Hitler faced every time they went into the pulpit. . . . A running commentary offers cultural and historical insights and each sermon is preceded by a short biography of the preacher. "Church Times" Dean Stroud provides a masterly introduction to the historical background to this selection of 12 sermons, illustrative of the Christian counter-attack on the key fascist heresies. . . . Each one is prefaced by a short biographical note, and given its context in the life of the Church. Allan Boesak-- author of Dare We Speak of Hope? Searching for a Language of Life in Faith and Politics"After his thorough and superb presentation of the historical context, Dean Stroud provides captivating examples of biblical preaching and prophetic witness by pastors of the Confessing Church in Nazi Germany. He leaves no doubt about the life-threatening crisis the Nazis presented to Germany and the church. Neither is there any doubt about the response of the prophets here brought to life. One is simply stunned by the courage of prophetic faithfulness and by the sheer power of the Word preached in persistent obedience and at enormous risk. Here are voices that cannot be stilled. . . . Preaching in Hitler's Shadow is simply a towering book. It will inform, provoke, unsettle, move, and inspire."John Wilson-- editor of Books & Culture"In these sermons we see (and hear) pastors staying true to their calling, despite the pressures to remain silent or -- far worse -- to praise evil. Dean Stroud, who has gathered these sermons and who situates them for us, is attentive to moral complexity, as is clear in the range of responses represented in the sermons and the diverse fates of the pastors who preached them. At once sobering and inspiring, this book is a treasure."George Hunsinger-- editor of Torture Is a Moral Issue"In this book we see what it is like to proclaim the gospel courageously in the midst of dire political circumstances. The idea that preaching must always avoid being political is exposed for the falsehood that it is. This is a sobering and a heartening book. Gregory Paul Wegner-- author of Anti-Semitism and Schooling under the Third Reich Stroud's book is a reminder that historians attempting to understand the legacy of Protestantism under the Third Reich would do well to seriously examine the theological underpinnings of these sermons of resistance."

About the Author

Dean G Stroud is Professor Emeritus of German Studies at the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse. As a former Presbyterian pastor, he has long been interested in sermons preached by opposition pastors in Hitler's Germany.

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Unsung Heroes 16 Feb. 2014
By David V. Stroud - Published on Amazon.com
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an outstanding book for believers and nonbelievers. Dr. Stroud is as near an expert on this subject as anyone and those ministers who risked their life reaching in Hitler's shadow deserve their rightful place among WWII heroes. Dr. Stroud's editing is to be envied by German speakers and approached by those of us who do not speak, read, or write Dutch.
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Today's pastors take note 2 Mar. 2014
By Peta Slaney - Published on Amazon.com
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This book should be an eye opener to today's pastors. They don't know how well off they are with being able to preach almost anything they want to without getting into trouble about it....the pastors in this book preached, even thouhg their lifes were threatened, nevertheless, they preached the Word as it was written.....very good book.
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How could it have happened? 15 Mar. 2014
By Jeannie Bauske - Published on Amazon.com
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This book should be read by every thinking person. So much of what happened in Germany is what is going on now. Most of this generation has no idea how bad it was or how easily it can happen.
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Phenomenal 4 Dec. 2013
By Dorian Dorado - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing read! The author has done a phenomenal job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think this by far is one of the best books ever! You don't have to be a history junkie to enjoy this book.
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Profiles of Christian Heroes 21 Nov. 2014
By William R. Bouknight - Published on Amazon.com
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Dean Stroud is both a trained theologian and a gifted historian. He gives fascinating biographical sketches of each of the German preachers whose sermons are included in the book. For example, few people outside Germany know that the first Christian martyr of the Nazis was Rev. Paul Schneider. Stroud gives us a wonderful introduction to the courageous pastor. One comes away from this book with an awesome respect for these Confessing Church pastors who risked their lives and families in order to be faithful to their Lord.
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