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


From EricMetaxas.com:

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, known as much for such spiritual classics as The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together, as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for his part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

Rating 10 out of 10

Get to know one of the most incredible men from World War II, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and his tale of faith and love in a time of hate and intolerance in Nazi Germany.  An incredible story which will give you a perspective of that fateful time from a unique and personal perspective, written with insight and wit by the grand Eric Metaxas.

You may have heard the name Dietrich Bonhoeffer in history but more as a side note than anything else.  This book brings this man’s story to life, impacting your mind, heart and soul.  A man who stood for the Love of Christ above all else and how it impacted a Germany overthrown by one of the most notorious mass murderers in history, Adolf Hitler.  This book tells not just Bonhoeffer’s story but the story of Germany’s eventual descent into shadows of despair and pain.

What made this book so powerful was the strength of a man who stood for his faith even when all power of the land stood against it.  It is what gave him his heart for each and for the unity in diversity of humanity, no matter the ethnicity or nationality, that through Christ we are to love one another and help one another.  A powerful lesson, impacting our hearts today more than we’d like to admit.  This biography reflects themes and questions which impact to this day.  The story isn’t merely historical, it’s relevant.

Providing wonderful insight into an insightful life, Eric Metaxas holds the attention of story, only deviating from the life story to give helpful historical information adding to the context of the content.  He helps you feel as if you are there with these historical figures, experiencing the joys and the horrors right along side them.  Highly recommend this book and hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.


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