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Clifford J. Green is professor emeritus of theology, Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, and author of numerous works on Bonhoeffer. He is the Executive Director of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works.

Michael DeJonge is graduate director at the University of South Florida. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University, having also undertaken doctoral work at the Freie Universität in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar. He is the author of Bonhoeffer s Theological Formation (2012).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You Can't Put A Price On This One! 9 Feb. 2014
By Jennifer C. Mcilwain - Published on
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I have read many books about Bonhoeffer's life and have come across quotes from many of his writings, but must confess that I've never actually read much of his writings...his own words. Fortress Press has made it easy to do that now with their offering of The Bonhoeffer Reader.
According to Michael P. DeJonge, in a Q&A with Patheos Book Club, "The very things that make DBWE the definitive resource for scholars might not suit the general reader interested in Bonhoeffer the theologian, the beginning student of Bonhoeffer, or readers of recent Bonhoeffer biographies who might want to go deeper. The Bonhoeffer Reader is designed for such an audience. It collects a significant and representative range of Bonhoeffer's theological writings in one convenient and affordable volume."
According to Clifford J. Green, in that same Q&A with Patheos, the most notable features in the book are: "In one volume, Bonhoeffer's essential theological writings are collected together. The concise editorial introductions to each of the selections are invaluable, setting each selection into Bonhoeffer's life and providing historical context for his writing and its theological significance.
Also, the selection of writings in The Bonhoeffer Reader represents the whole Bonhoeffer—his groundbreaking dissertations, his biblical interpretation (e.g. Discipleship), and his provocative Ethics and theological letters from prison. But we did not want to overwhelm readers with scholarly details, so we pruned notes with technical information available in DBWE, and added some notes to further clarify the text. And for those who wanted to work on the German Church Struggle and the Resistance conspiracy, we provided an appendix of resources; there's also an extensive bibliography."
The Bonhoeffer Reader is organized somewhat like a text book, but don't let that scare you. The Reader is an invaluable resource for anyone, like me, who wishes to take a closer look at the theology of Bonhoeffer. The biographies have given us a picture of his life and now we have the opportunity to read the thoughts and beliefs that shaped the way Bonhoeffer lived his days.
The texts from Bonhoeffer are organized chronologically and include excerpts from every major text and every phase of Bonhoeffer's career:
Student Writings: Berlin, Barcelona, New York
University Lectures
Ecumenical and Pastoral Writings
Theology and the Third Reich
Christian Life and Community
Christian Ethics and Public Life
Theology from Prison: Worldly, Religionless Christianity
You really can't place a value on a resource like this and I highly recommend it for anyone who desires to dig into the theology behind the amazing life and person of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

*Thank you to Emily Varner, freelance Publicist with the Somersault Group, for sending me the complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Investment and Delightful Read! 30 Nov. 2013
By John W. Matthews - Published on
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Clifford Green and Michael DeJong have assembled a marvelous collection of primary writings and letters of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, allowing the reader, who will not be securing all sixteen volumes of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (English) but, who desires to read the most important and representative of his works, to reap the inspiration of this twentieth century theological giant. The editorial introductions for the individual pieces provide outstanding commentary. A wonderful investment and delightful read!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful collection from this magnificent writer 28 Dec. 2013
By David Kenney - Published on
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The man who said, "A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol." and "One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons." is a man who should be on your must read shelf. Such is Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi, and founding member of the Confessing Church. His book, The Cost of Discipleship is a Christian "classic." Most notably he was a part of a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He was later arrested in April 1943 by the Germans and executed by hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp, only 23 days before the German surrender.

The Bonhoeffer Reader by Clifford J. Green and Michael DeJonge is a wonderful collection of essential theological writings from Bonhoeffer. In one-volume, the Bonhoeffer Reader brings the best English translation to students, and provides a ready-made introduction to the thought of this critical theologian.

This book makes the perfect companion to anyone who owns The Cost of Discipleship or Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas.

The reader contains his writings from Berlin, Barcelona and New York plus his university lectures. There are some sermons as well as some essays he wrote about the third reich. There is a short chapter on ethics and the volume closes with some of his prison writings.

Yes, at over 800 pages it's a lot of work to read, but because it's a collection - it's quite easy to break it down over time.

Thank you to Fortress Press for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Essential for Bonhoeffer Fans 1 Jan. 2015
By Darian Burns - Published on
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been a central figure in my growth as a Christian. He is without a doubt a personal hero. I first came in contact with Bonhoeffer’s story my freshman year of college and since that time have read three biographies and seen two movies on his life. His book “Life Together” shaped more than any other books my approach to ministry when I was a pastor. In my view everyone would read as much Bonhoeffer as possible.

“The Bonhoeffer Reader” is a much-needed addition to the study of this man’s life and teaching. It is particularly helpful for those who want a solid review of Bonhoeffer’s thoughts and writings. The book collects a wide range the best and most significant theological writings of Bonhoeffer in one convent volume. All of his essential writings are represented with concise, but helpful, introductions to each section of material. The collection also places each of Bonhoeffer’s significant teaching within their historical context. However, all of this information and depth is presented in a way that does not overwhelm readers but rather informs them.

This is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in Bonhoeffer. I highly recommend it.
Invaluable 29 Sept. 2014
By Dudley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Great collection of readings. The fact that they are from the recent critical edition translation and are conveniently referenced to them make the book both high quality and useful for those who want to turn to the critical edition.
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