By Eric Metaxas
From Publishers Weekly
In this weighty, riveting research of the lifetime of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas (Amazing Grace) deals a accomplished evaluation of 1 of history's darkest eras, in addition to a desirable exploration of the familial, cultural and spiritual affects that shaped one of many world's maximum modern theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous study to unpack the confluence of situations and personalities that led Germany from the defeat of WWI to the atrocities of WWII. ample resource documentation (sermons, letters, magazine entries, lectures, the Barman assertion) brings to lifestyles the personalities and studies that formed Bonhoeffer: his hugely highbrow, musical kin; theologically liberal professors, pastoral colleagues and scholars; his vast examine, paintings, and trip in a foreign country. Tracing Bonhoeffer's constructing name to be a Jeremiah-like prophet in his personal time and a becoming realizing that the church was once referred to as "to communicate in case you couldn't speak," Metaxas info Bonhoeffer's position in spiritual resistance to Nazism, and offers a compelling account of the religion trip that at last concerned the Lutheran pastor in unsuccessful makes an attempt to assassinate Hitler. Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a robust contribution to biography, background and theology.
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''In Hitler's Germany, a Lutheran pastor chooses resistance and can pay along with his existence. . . Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's tale with ardour and theological sophistication, usually hard revisionist money owed that make Bonhoeffer out to be a 'humanist' or ethicist for whom spiritual doctrine was once simply disposable. . . Metaxas reminds us that there are different types of faith -- decent, domesticated, timid -- that could prove doing the devil's paintings for him. --_Wall highway Journal_
''In this weighty, riveting research of the lifetime of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas deals a finished overview of 1 of history's darkest eras, in addition to a desirable exploration of the familial, cultural, and spiritual impacts that shaped one of many world's maximum modern theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous study. . . ample resource documentation brings to lifestyles the personalities and studies that formed Bonhoefferâ€¦Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a robust contribution to biography, historical past, and theology.'' --_Publishers Weekly_
''A welcome new biography of 1 of the 20 th century's prime lighting. Metaxas magnificently captures the lifetime of theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), who 'thought it the apparent accountability of the Christian-and the privilege and honor-to endure with those that suffered.' within the best therapy of the guy given that Eberhard Bethge's Dietrich Bonhoeffer: guy of imaginative and prescient, guy of Courage (1970), Metaxas offers an entire, available photo of this significant determine, whose tale is inspiring, instructive, and foreign in scope. . . Metaxas rightly specializes in his subject's lifestyles, now not his theology, notwithstanding readers will research lots approximately his theology besides. the writer makes liberal use of fundamental assets, which carry Bonhoeffer and different characters to vibrant existence. For the main half, Metaxas permits this epic tale to play itself out, unhindered by way of statement; the place he does upload his personal voice, the conclusions are sage. A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the twenty-first century.'' --_Kirkus Reviews_ (starred evaluate)
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Eventually the difference vanished altogether. Realizing he needed to fuel the British war effort, Prime Minister Winston Churchill fused the Germans and the Nazis into a single hated enemy, the better to defeat it swiftly and end the unrelenting nightmare. When Germans working to defeat Hitler and the Nazis contacted Churchill and the British government, hoping for assistance to defeat their common enemy from the inside—hoping to tell the world that some Germans trapped inside the Reich felt much as they did—they were rebuffed.
He eventually overcame this fear. He was also very frightened of Santa Claus, and showed a certain fear of the water when we twins learned to swim. . Later he was an excellent swimmer. Dietrich did well in school, but was not beyond needing discipline, which his parents didn’t hesitate to provide. When he was eight, his father wrote, “Dietrich does his work naturally and tidily. ” Once he attacked a schoolmate, whose mother suspected an atmosphere of anti-Semitism at home. Paula Bonhoeffer was horrified at the thought and made sure the woman knew that nothing of the kind was tolerated in her house.
But when the war at last ended, news of their two sons was slow to arrive in Berlin. A month earlier they had finally heard of the death of their third son, Klaus. But about their youngest son, Dietrich, they had heard nothing. Someone claimed to have seen him alive. Then a neighbor told them that the BBC would the next day broadcast a memorial service in London. It was for Dietrich. At the appointed hour, the old couple turned on their radio. Soon enough the service was announced for their son.
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. The Third Reich by Eric Metaxas