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

Format:  Paperback,

608 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub

Publish Date: Aug 2011

ISBN-13: 9781595552464

ISBN-10: 1595552464

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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. In this "New York Times "best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer's life--the theologian and the spy--and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer's heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler's Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer's involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in "Operation 7," the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.

""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. Includes Readers' Guide " A] beautifully constructed biography."

--Alan Wolfe, "The New Republic"

" ""Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication. . . ."

--"Wall Street Journal"

" A] weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. . . ."

--"Publishers Weekly"

"Metaxas presents Bonhoeffer as a clear-headed, deeply convicted Christian who submitted to no one and nothing except God and his Word."

--"Christianity Today"

"Metaxas has written a book that adds a new dimension to World War II, a new understanding of how evil can seize the soul of a nation and a man of faith can confront it. . . ."

--Thomas Fleming, author, "The New Dealers' War"

"Metaxas has created a biography of uncommon power--intelligent, moving, well researched, vividly written, and rich in implication for our own lives. Or to put it another way: Buy this book. Read it. Then buy another copy and give it to a person you love. It's that good."

--Archbishop Charles Chaput, "First Things"

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

--"Kirkus Reviews"

  • 2011 ECPA Book of the Year
  • 2011 Canterbury Medal by the Becket Fund recognizing courage in the defense of religious liberty
  • 2011 Christopher Award winner highlighting the power of faith, courage, and action

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

"-Kirkus Reviews"

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Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub
Publish Date: Aug 2011
ISBN-13: 9781595552464
ISBN-10: 1595552464
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 608
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.75

About the author

Biography of Metaxas, Eric

Eric Metaxas was born in New York City in 1963, and grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University, where he edited the Yale Record, America's oldest college humor magazine. He has written several biographies, including Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and the New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet. He has also written over 30 children's books, including It's Time to Sleep, My Love and Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving.

Biography of Keller, Timothy

Timothy Keller was born in 1950. He received a B.A. from Bucknell University in 1972, a M. Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1975, and a D. Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1981. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America and served as a pastor in Virginia for nine years. He is founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, New York. He has written several books including Grace Changes Everything, Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just, and The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, which won awards from World Magazine and Christianity Today.

Chapter outline

Forewordp. xv
Prologuep. 1
Family and Childhoodp. 5
Tbingen, 1923p. 41
Roman Holiday, 1924p. 49
Student in Berlin, 1924-27p. 58
Barcelona, 1928p. 69
Berlin, 1929p. 88
Bonhoeffer in America, 1930-31p. 99
Berlin, 1931-32p. 119
The Fhrer Principle, 1933p. 138
The Church and the Jewish Questionp. 150
Nazi Theologyp. 165
The Church Struggle Beginsp. 176
The Bethel Confessionp. 183
Bonhoeffer in London, 1934-35p. 195
The Church Battle Heats Upp. 204
The Conference at Fanop. 234
The Road to Zingst and Finkenwaldep. 246
Zingst and Finkenwaldep. 261
Scylla and Charybdis, 1935-36p. 278
Mars Ascending, 1938p. 302
The Great Decision, 1939p. 321
The End of Germanyp. 347
From Confession to Conspiracyp. 358
Plotting Against Hitlerp. 380
Bonhoeffer Scores a Victoryp. 394
Bonhoeffer in Lovep. 405
Killing Adolf Hitlerp. 423
Cell 92 at Tegel Prisonp. 432
Valkyrie and the Stauffenberg Plotp. 475
Buchenwaldp. 504
On the Road to Freedomp. 517
Afterword: The One Thing I Regret About My Bookp. 543
Notesp. 545
Bibliographyp. 567
About the Authorp. 571
Epilogue and Erratap. 575
Indexp. 577
Reading Group Guidep. 593

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-06-01)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45) is high on any list of Protestant saints: a gifted pastor-theologian, he resisted Hitler's Nazification of the German Church, worked tirelessly to organize the dissenting Confessing Church, and was ultimately hanged following his involvement in a failed plot on Hitler's life. Despite these credentials, fundamentalists have traditionally warned students of the dangers of Bonhoeffer's liberalism. Metaxas (Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign To End Slavery) offers a moving, comprehensive, and engaging biography of the martyr's life, sensitively playing up those aspects of Bonhoeffer that will evoke evangelical sympathies, while dismissing radical theology's appropriation of Bonhoeffer as unjustified. Metaxas tells a compelling story, but his portrayal of theological issues is weak and slips into caricature. Nonetheless, his book will communicate with its intended evangelical audience.

Verdict: Recommended, but readers seeking more nuanced scholarship may prefer Ferdinand Schlingensiepen's Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance, due out in June. Those interested in Bonhoeffer's theology (especially his ethics) should turn to Larry Rasmussen's Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Reality and Resistance.

-Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, 2010 (United States)
  • Christopher Book Awards, 2011 (United States)
  • Christian Book Awards, 2011 (United States)

Book description

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. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.

"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. Includes Readers’ Guide “[A] beautifully constructed biography.”

—Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

“Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s story with passion and theological sophistication... ”

Wall Street Journal

“[A] weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer... ”

Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas presents Bonhoeffer as a clear-headed, deeply convicted Christian who submitted to no one and nothing except God and his Word.”

Christianity Today

“Metaxas has written a book that adds a new dimension to World War II, a new understanding of how evil can seize the soul of a nation and a man of faith can confront it... ”

—Thomas Fleming, author, The New Dealers’ War

“Metaxas has created a biography of uncommon power—intelligent, moving, well researched, vividly written, and rich in implication for our own lives. Or to put it another way: Buy this book. Read it. Then buy another copy and give it to a person you love. It’s that good.”

—Archbishop Charles Chaput, First Things

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century".

Kirkus Reviews

  • 2011 ECPA Book of the Year
  • 2011 Canterbury Medal by the Becket Fund recognizing courage in the defense of religious liberty
  • 2011 Christopher Award winner highlighting the power of faith, courage, and action

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century".

-Kirkus Reviews

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