Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy : A Righteous Gentile Vs. the Third Reich

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"Bonhoeffer" presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the 20th century, and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.
Publisher: Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2011.
ISBN: 9781418556341
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 591 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill., ports.
Contents: Family and childhood
Tübingen, 1923
Roman holiday, 1924
Student in Berlin, 1924-1927
Barcelona, 1928
Berlin, 1929
Bonhoeffer in America, 1930-31
Berlin, 1931-32
The Führer principle, 1933
The church and the Jewish question
Nazi theology
The church struggle begins
The Bethel confession
Bonhoeffer in London, 1934-35
The church battle heats up
The conference at Fanø
The road to Zingst and Finkenwalde
Zingst and Finkenwalde
Scylla and Charybdis, 1935-36
Mars ascending, 1938
The great decision, 1939
The end of Germany
From confession to conspiracy
Plotting against Hitler
Bonhoeffer scores a victory
Bonhoeffer in love
Killing Adolf Hitler
Cell 92 at Tegel Prison
Valkyrie and the Stauffenberg plot
On the road to freedom.
Summary: "Bonhoeffer" presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the 20th century, and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.


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Jan 01, 2018

More of a hagiography than a biography, and a disturbing book in many ways. On the one hand, Bonhoeffer and his fellow conspirators against Hitler were clearly on the side of the angels. On the other hand, he espoused a theology which had more in common with the 15th than the 20th century, and he and his fellow conspirators opposed Hitler as much because he and the other Nazi leaders were low class slobs who threatened the dominance of the aristocratic ruling class as for moral reasons.

It is worth noting that Bonhoeffer's storybook romance was that of a 37 year old pastor with an 18 year old fiancee whom he had known since she was 12. He has elaborate Biblical and religious justification for it. My wife (whose family is from one town over in Alabama from where Roy Moore was banned from the malls) thinks it is creepy and disgusting. By modern American standards, it is.

Germany clearly needed heroes in 1945. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, because of his international ecumenical connections, was a convenient choice, but also a highly flawed one.

bookloverjane Sep 21, 2016

What an inspiration - to read about a man who had such a deep Christian faith and who clearly understood the evil that was Hitler. Metaxas is a gifted writer.

Aug 17, 2016

An engrossing book about a fascinating man and the times he lived in. Very educational re history and religion.

Librarian_Deb May 10, 2016

I cannot sing this books praises highly enough. It is a detailed and comprehensive account of the life of a man with a brilliant mind and inspiring spirit. In no way did I mind the details that were shared, for every part of Bonhoeffer's life was fascinating for the thoughtful and intentional way that he lived it. As someone who is fascinated with history I also found the background information about what was going on behind the scenes during the World War II era in Germany fascinating. This time period is one that so much is written about, but these new details gave me new understanding of how it affected the German people and their families. There were many moral dilemmas that Bonhoeffer tackled, such as the role of the church and the state, whether or not it is morally correct to lie in certain circumstances, and--of course--the rightness of being involved in a plot to assassinate the leader of a country. I couldn't always follow (or agree with) all of the reasoning that was shared, however there is no doubt that Bonhoeffer had a brilliant mind and that his life was cut short far too soon. The relationships he shared with family and friends, and his fiance were also fascinating aspects of the story, and not only added emotional impact but also suspense.

A detailed biography of Bonhoeffer. The book may be challenging to read through, but if you read a bit each day, it will be a great accomplishment. :) otherwise, this book is greatly informative and amazingly written

Feb 01, 2015

Just loved this book! A very in-depth biography of a very fascinating man!

Feb 08, 2014

This is definitely a "heavier" read, primarily because of the rich vocabulary and prevalent theological references. However, don't let the size or reading level scare you, because, as is often the case, the greatest rewards come from the hardest experiences. Finishing and pondering this book truly produces some amazing rewards — inspiration for you life, knowledge of a great man, deeper understanding of history, God, and more. And in truth, it isn't that horribly hard to read, especially since Bonhoeffer's story is so unique and captivating. If you want to read something that will challenge, encourage, and inspire you — and above all, make you think — delve into Metaxas' meticulously reserached, beautifully written biography of a fascinating hero.

Sep 14, 2013

I'm soooooooooooooooooo glad I finally finished this book! Although this is definitely for high schoolers (mainly because of comprehension level), the story of Bonhoeffer is compelling; now I realize how important he was in his time. A great read.

Aug 25, 2012

A fascinating and tragic tale of this Christian martyr to Nazi Germany. The book describes his development as a theologian so be prepared for much in-depth discussion.

Metaxas' biography has motivated me to seek to live out my Christian faith with more intelligence and courage. Bonhoeffer saw in advance where Hitler was taking Germany and the world. German churchgoers were easy prey for the dictator in part due to abandoning the authority of the Bible as the revelation of Jesus Christ and through confusing Lutheranism with nationalism. The Allies failed to encourage the German resistance, which probably prolonged the war and led to much additional suffering. Fascinating history. Inspiring, practical theology.

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Jan 15, 2015

Bohnoeffer had changed much from the 22 year old in Barcelona; the circumstances of life had obviously grown darker. In some ways it was if decades had passed. One sign of a deepening seriousness in him was his penchant for eschatological themes and a palpable longing for the "kingdom of heaven," which he communicated in his sermons. In a letter to Leibholz, he wrote that "one feels a tremendous longing for real peace, in which all the misery and injustice, the lying and cowardice will come to an end." he had believed these things five years earlier, but now he could feel them too.


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