By Eric Metaxas
From Publishers Weekly
In this weighty, riveting research of the lifetime of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas (Amazing Grace) deals a complete overview of 1 of history's darkest eras, besides a desirable exploration of the familial, cultural and non secular affects that shaped one of many world's maximum modern theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous examine to unpack the confluence of situations and personalities that led Germany from the defeat of WWI to the atrocities of WWII. plentiful resource documentation (sermons, letters, magazine entries, lectures, the Barman announcement) brings to existence the personalities and studies that formed Bonhoeffer: his hugely highbrow, musical kin; theologically liberal professors, pastoral colleagues and scholars; his vast research, paintings, and commute out of the country. Tracing Bonhoeffer's constructing name to be a Jeremiah-like prophet in his personal time and a transforming into realizing that the church used to be referred to as "to communicate should you couldn't speak," Metaxas information Bonhoeffer's position in non secular resistance to Nazism, and gives a compelling account of the religion trip that finally concerned the Lutheran pastor in unsuccessful makes an attempt to assassinate Hitler. Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a strong contribution to biography, historical past 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 tough revisionist money owed that make Bonhoeffer out to be a 'humanist' or ethicist for whom spiritual doctrine used to be simply disposable. . . Metaxas reminds us that there are kinds of faith -- good, domesticated, timid -- which could prove doing the devil's paintings for him. --_Wall highway Journal_
''In this weighty, riveting research of the lifetime of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas bargains a entire overview 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 examine. . . plentiful resource documentation brings to lifestyles the personalities and reports that formed Bonhoefferâ€¦Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a robust contribution to biography, background, and theology.'' --_Publishers Weekly_
''A welcome new biography of 1 of the 20th century's major lighting fixtures. 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 fellow on the grounds that Eberhard Bethge's Dietrich Bonhoeffer: guy of imaginative and prescient, guy of Courage (1970), Metaxas provides an entire, available photograph of this crucial determine, whose tale is inspiring, instructive, and overseas in scope. . . Metaxas rightly makes a speciality of his subject's lifestyles, now not his theology, even though readers will examine lots approximately his theology besides. the writer makes liberal use of basic assets, which carry Bonhoeffer and different characters to bright existence. For the main half, Metaxas permits this epic tale to play itself out, unhindered by means 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 overview)
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Here the outlines blur, and only one more scene will form in my mind: first games in the garden in 1911, Dietrich with a mass of ash-blond hair around his sunburnt face, hot from romping, driving away the midges and looking for a shady corner, and yet only obeying very unwillingly the nursemaid’s call to come in, because the immensely energetic game is not yet finished. Heat and thirst were forgotten in the intensity of his play. Dietrich was the only child to inherit his mother’s fair complexion and flaxen-colored hair.
Some readers may not agree with all of Metaxas’s arguments about Bonhoeffer, but that is not the point of this book. The point is to unsettle, to provoke, and to inspire. Crammed with insight, outrage, and urgency, this book positions Bonhoeffer where he belongs, in the ranks of the great Christian humanists who have struggled against the prevailing winds of culture to faithfully and bravely interpret Christianity for their historical moment. This is also a deeply humanizing book, full of vignettes that reveal Bonhoeffer as a son, as a lover, a pastor, a friend, all in the context of the deadly work for which he is most remembered: resistance to the growing menace of Nazism.
The war had been over for two months. The tyrant took his own life in a gray bunker beneath his shattered capital, and the Allies declared victory. Slowly, slowly, life in Britain turned to the task of restoring itself. Then, as if on cue, summer arrived. It was the first summer of peace in six years. But as if to prove that the whole thing hadn’t been a dream or a nightmare, there were constant fresh reminders of what had happened. And they were as awful as anything that had gone before. Often they were worse.
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. The Third Reich by Eric Metaxas