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Bonhoeffer

Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
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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.

In the first major biography of Bonhoeffer in 40 years, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer's life - the theologian and the spy - to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents - including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts - to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.

In Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer's heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safe haven of America for Hitler's Germany, and using extended excerpts from love letters and coded messages written to and from Bonhoeffer's Cell 92, Metaxas tells for the first time the full story of Bonhoeffer's passionate and tragic romance.

Listeners will discover fresh insights and revelations about his life-changing months at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and about his radical position on why Christians are obliged to stand up for the Jews. Metaxas also sheds new light on Bonhoeffer's reaction to Kristallnacht, his involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in "Operation 7," the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.

Bonhoeffer gives witness to one man's extraordinary faith and to the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Nazism. It brings the listener face to face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully - even to the point of death. Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.

"Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology." (Publishers Weekly)

"[A] massive and masterful new biography." (Christianity Today)

"Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication." (Wall Street Journal)

"Metaxas magnificently captures the life of theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st Century." (Kirkus)

©2011 Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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  • Courtney P. Mitchell
  • 07-02-2020

Disappointingly watery and worshipful

Bonhoeffer is a fascinating and timely character not just in history but in the world of faith and Christianity. Metaxas has done an admirable job incorporating fascinating research and weaving into an engaging story. I’m disappointed however that the author has approached his subject with stars in his eyes, lacking any air of objectivity. The result is a flat book about a nearly two-dimensional infallible hero, making Bonhoeffer and his acts of courage and dogged curiosity difficult to appreciate and the man himself hard to relate to at all. Bonhoeffer and his work and the decisions he faced are more relevant for us than ever, perhaps, and it’s unfortunate this does not introduce to the breathing, living, and very human hero of God that Bonhoeffer surely was.

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  • 10-03-2020

Mandatory Reading

This is hands down one of the best biographies ever written of a preacher. It is an encouragement to the believer and the historical accuracy woven throughout is a major plus for history buffs. In addition Mr. Metaxas does a phenomenal job in pointing out Bonhoeffer's dilemma with the church and the failings of church leadership to lay hold of the bible to and grasp the truths therein as their very lives depended on it. Honest in his approach to Bonhoeffer, the author doesn't exalt the man higher than he should be, nor does he approach him with disdain. In truth, I believe this book should not only be read, but studied by layman and preacher alike. So in my opinion, yes get this book!

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  • Jon & Talene
  • 26-01-2020

Amazing book about an amazing man

A must read, do not hesitate to spend time with this biography of Bonhoeffer. In its pages are hope, horror and a man so confident in God that his faith will cause your faith to grow with each page turned.

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  • MDY
  • 03-08-2020

This story was outstanding!

I was so glad that I listened to this story about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. From start to finish, I was mesmerized. You can tell the author went to great lengths to get this story right. Plus, the narrator was a cut above from the rest. His accents were believable and he always used the same kind of voice when he was Bonhoeffer, so you knew who was speaking.

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  • Perry W Merritt
  • 20-07-2020

Hard to get into

I'm three hours into this "read" and having a really hard time caring at this point. This is a shame because I've heard great things about the subject and I'm generally a Metaxas fan.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-07-2020

Looking at WW2 through the eyes of a Christian

I have always enjoyed WW2 stories, so this was a real gem. A gem because for the first time, I got to walk and look at German WW2, through the eyes of a man who had a deep love for God and the challenges he had to face as a follower of Christ!

There were two points that Bonhoeffer made, that pierced and challenged my walk of faith.

1. Love your life as if you are on the battle front.
2. The only fight we loose is the fight we give up on!

I totally recommend this book. I hadn’t heard of Bonhoeffer before and I definitely didn’t regret listening to this book. I will definitely be returning to this book in the future!

Also a big thank you to the narrator. You did an excellent job!

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  • Eric Newberry
  • 08-07-2020

incredible

loved the storytelling and the message of this book. long listen but worth it for sure

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  • Jayson C.
  • 25-06-2020

We know not what to do, but our eyes are on You.

“Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin and more about courageously and actively trying to do Gods will”

Such a convicting book about actively living out one’s faith. Learning that cheap grace also includes just building up your theological knowledge and not actively living as a Christian was insanely convicting.

All around, I highly recommend this book. It is has been very impactful to me. And the story itself is never boring for such a long book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-2020

amazing! the story really picks up more and more.

Eric metaxas does such a wonderful job telling the story of Bonhoeffer painting his portrait so wonderfully and easing the reader into every turn

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  • Boneman
  • 05-05-2020

Bonhoeffer is a Biographical Masterpiece

Eric Metaxas captures Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a man who truly lived his faith. I was saddened that Bonhoeffer was killed by an evil political system but celebrate his life as well lived. This is an example of a superbly researched biography assembled into even greater story.