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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
By Eric Metaxas

Synopsis: A biography covering the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Starts with a history of his family going back a few generations where we learn that Bonhoeffer comes from a long line of (at least somewhat) important intellectuals and theologians. Dietrich’s childhood and development as a theologian are discussed. The bulk of the book covers his resistance to the Reich Church and work as a conspirator against Hitler.

My Opinion: I really enjoyed this book and learning more about Bonhoeffer, Nazi Germany, and the world’s response to the Third Reich’s activities both political and religious. The author clearly likes Bonhoeffer and presents him in a particular light which may lead one to be cautious since the book is obviously not unbiased, but nonetheless it was written well enough to hold my attention throughout. It may not be the most balanced or scholarly work on Bonhoeffer out there, but I had honestly never read anything about him so it was all new information to me and it was delivered in a very accessible manner. It may not be a book for scholars, but it certainly is a book that will help the everyday person, like myself, learn about a really amazing theologian who lived out his beliefs to the very end.

FYI: Metaxas wrote another very-well received biography, Amazing Grace, on William Wilberforce (which I have not read or reviewed yet).

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