Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric MetaxasBonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

byEric Metaxas

Paperback | August 29, 2011

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WHO BETTER TO FACE THE GREATEST EVIL OF THE 20TH CENTURY THAN A HUMBLE MAN OF FAITH?

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents?including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts?to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.

"Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.  Includes Readers’ Guide  “[A] beautifully constructed biography.”

—Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

 “Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s story with passion and theological sophistication. . . .”

Wall Street Journal

“[A] weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. . . .”

Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas presents Bonhoeffer as a clear-headed, deeply convicted Christian who submitted to no one and nothing except God and his Word.”

Christianity Today

“Metaxas has written a book that adds a new dimension to World War II, a new understanding of how evil can seize the soul of a nation and a man of faith can confront it. . . .”

—Thomas Fleming, author, The New Dealers’ War

“Metaxas has created a biography of uncommon power—intelligent, moving, well researched,vividly written, and rich in implication for our own lives. Or to put it another way: Buy this book. Read it. Then buy another copy and give it to a person you love. It’s that good.”

—Archbishop Charles Chaput, First Things

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

Kirkus Reviews

  • 2011 ECPA Book of the Year
  • 2011 Canterbury Medal by the Becket Fund recognizing courage in the defense of religious liberty
  • 2011 Christopher Award winner highlighting the power of faith, courage, and action

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

-Kirkus Reviews

 

Eric Metaxas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of  Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther, Amazing Grace, and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and Metaxas has appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN,...
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Title:Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, SpyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.63 inPublished:August 29, 2011Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unsparing Detail Reading as a secular humanist, I value Bonhoeffer's insistence that religion is not a cover, nor an identity within which one can burrow. None of that. There's fault everywhere, including with the British who early refused the outstretched hands of alarmed Germans who sought to collaborate in the ousting of Hitler. A compassionate humanitarian, Bonhoeffer took a wide view of the nature of evil. He understood the desperate action of the grossly oppressed but did not hesitate to confront evil in the most emphatic manner - as a spy prepared to kill. Detailed and riveting,
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Though very detailed at some points and amazing narrative that was easy to read.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent A fascinating and captivating look at a World War II hero!!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-20