Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy Hardcover – 20 Apr 2010
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About the Author
Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times bestseller Amazing Grace, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask), Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About God, and thirty children's books. He is founder and host of Socrates in the City in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Marks Hill Review, and First Things. He has written for VeggieTales and Rabbit Ears Productions, earning three Grammy nominations for Best Children's Recording. Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. He has also mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch over 200 churches in 35 global cities to date.
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"Christians in Germany will face the terrible alternative of either willing the defeat of their nation in order that Christian civilization may survive, or willing the victory of their nation and thereby destroying our civilization. I know which of these alternatives I must choose, but I cannot make that choice in security."
After reading the book, I also feel I understand the horrors of the Nazi regime as experienced by Germans themselves better than I did before - the book manages to be more than a simple biography, almost a commentary on the times. Its also a fascinating account of Bonhoeffer's own spiritual development and faith.
All in all, this is such a good read and such an important book. I cannot recommend it too highly.
The book itself is one of the best researched books on Bonhoeffer I have ever come across. It includes numerous quote sections from his letters, books, sermons and personal testimonies. It includes writings from other parties, who wrote about Bonhoeffer and a story narrative that never fails to draw the reader on. Despite the size of the book I cannot recall ever feeling like my interest began to wane whilst reading it.
Bonhoeffer came from an aristocratic and noticeably scientific German family. At a young age he decided to defy tradition and become a theologian. His most noticeable writings are: Life Together, Cost of Discipleship and Ethics (all of which of fantastic). Together these books are his opus maximus (great life's work). Every theologian has heard of Bonhoeffer and studied his writings at some point or another. The depth of his writings are awe inspiring and thoroughly thought provoking.
What is probably less known about Bonhoeffer is his role in Nazi Germany, or the fact that because of this there is today a statue of him on the side of Westminster Abbey. At an early point in the history of Nazi Germany Bonhoeffer decided that the regime was evil. Originally he preached against it, but after Hitler experienced numerous military successes, he resigned himself to bringing down the beast from within. To this end he joined the Abwehr and began smuggling Jews out of Germany. Because of the interplay between the Gestapo and the Abwehr Bonhoeffer was eventually arrested and detained for 18 months at Tegal Prison.Read more ›
Bonhoeffer was a rare person - he combined spirituality with a brilliant mind but above all, he had the courage to obey God. Highly recommended.
Bonhoeffer certainly did not despise the uneducated (or confuse lack of education with lack of intelligence - not that he despised lack of intelligence either - after all some clever people do terrible things, and some very ordinary people do outstandingly good things), but he clealy did have negative feelings towards people who made a big show of their education (boasting that they knew more than everyone else), but actually (under their big talk and long words) turned out to be both ignorant and rather stupid.
However, this book is a lot more than an account of theological disputes.
It tells the story of a fight against evil, but also of a man's inner life.
What is it to be good? What does this specifically mean in practice?
Should one always tell the truth, or can it ever be right to lie or decieve?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amazing book about this man of God. So much detail about those awful days in nazi Germany that I never knew. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Gordon A. Elliott
Excellent a book for our times highly relevant Should be read by everyone with a concern for today and the futurePublished 3 months ago by John S
An insightful read. The author captures reader interest through commitment to historical accuracy and thorough knowledge of subject matter.Published 3 months ago by Linda J Bradshaw
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Historic, informative and the man had such conviction. Couldn't put it down. Thank you Eric Metaxas for your findings.... Read morePublished 6 months ago by rosebud wainwright
Eric Metaxas gives you fly-on-the-wall access to one of the most remarkable Theologians of the 20th century. Although a daunting 600-odd pages, you'll never want to put it down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Jones
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