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A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer [Paperback]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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  • Paperback: 565 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition edition (3 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060642149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060642143
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pages: 592 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Dietrich Bonhoeffer was only thirty-nine years old when he was executed in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945. Yet his courage. Vision. And illiance have greatly influenced the twentieth-century Church and theology. Particularly through his bestselling classic. The Cost of Discipleship. Bonhoeffer profoundly shaped such minds and movements as Martin Luther King. Jr .. and Leonardo Boff. civil rights and leberation theology. A Testament to Freedom. completely revised and expanded for this edition. includes previously untranslated writings. excerpts from major books. sermons. and selected letters spanning the years of Bonhoeffer's pastoral and theological ...

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It was suggested to me to study Dietrich Bonhoeffer for my History dissertation, and this book was my major find of all those listed on the catalogues. I read a lot and was impressed, but for sheer committment to providing the biographical/autobiographical essentials in a comprehensive and historiographical manner, this one far exceeded anything I had come across. Not so much an academic book, which it is of course, this book is really what the authors Messrs Kelly and Burton-Nelson call it; 'The essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer'. Who was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I hear you ask. You don't have to be a Theologian, Academic or Historian to appreciate this book. My prediction is it will become a bestseller, no doubt after the film if not before. Don't be put off by preconceived ideas, discover quote upon quote that speaks as much for today as it did then. This book allows you a comprehensive introduction covering major events in Bonhoeffer's life from 1906 -1945, and a feast of writings arranged in categories which could compose mini- books themselves, for example: his letters and papers from prison; his letters to his fiancee; his letters to his close friends; his letters to his family. Discover the complex weave that his life followed, and the heroic words he used when with his co-conspirators he faced his death on an April morning. Glimpse the world response from outside Germany through the eyes of another, not after the event, but during it, and if you ever wanted more insight into how it really was for someone who could have walked away from the Germany of 1933-45, this book may surprise you. Buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God on the Gallows 17 Aug 2013
Woe be to the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture....
I will raise unto David a righteous branch and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely in confidence. And his name shall be called: the Lord our Righteousness.
Jeremiah 23.1-6

One of the most haunting and traumatic passages in modern literature is to be found in a slim autobiography - Night - by the Nobel prize winner Elie Wiesel. It is an account of an incident that occurred in his childhood, a childhood spent in the concentration camps. For Elie Wiesel was a Jewish boy born in Nazi Germany. In one of them, Buna, three Jews who had attempted to escape, two men and a boy, were hanged. The other prisoners were forced to watch. The men died quickly. The boy, being lighter, was strangled more slowly,

'Where is God? Where is he' someone behind me asked ... For more then half an hour the boy stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony under our eyes. And we had to look him full in the face. He was still alive when I passed in front of him. His tongue was still red, his eyes were not yet glazed. Behind me I heard the same man asking: 'Where is God now?'. And I heard a voice within me answer him: "Where is He? Here he is - He is hanging here on the gallows...'

That was it. For the Jewish boy hanged and for the Jewish boy watching, God died on those gallows and hope was buried for good.

In another concentration camp, Flossenberg, a Christian pastor, theologian and would-be assassin, was waiting for his own execution at the hands of the Nazis. He asked a similar question: 'Who is God?' and gave the answer, 'A crucified Jew'.
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As an Religious studies A-level student, I found this book invaluable as an introduction to the theology of such a great man. It gives an insight into both the man and his thoughts, set out in an easy to understand and highly lucid manner. definately a book worth reading, whether studying theology, or simply interested in the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 23 Feb 2013
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This is an excellent resource for the contemporary committed Christian who wishes to be guided by one of the great Christian
martyrs of the 20th century. We need familiarity with Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writings to understand how he allowed his gospel-based
Christian practice to guide him to a serene surrender to brutal death in a nazi concentration camp April 1945, weeks before the camp was liberated by advancing allied troops. The life and death of this young Lutheran Minister (b.1906) exemplifies the clarity of
his insight especially into Jesus's Sermon on the Mount. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a true witness to lived Christianity.
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Requested by my son a theologian so I can only go by what he said & as he quoted it in his next sermon I guess it went down well. Thrilled it arrived before Christmas as anticipated for after. Thank you
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