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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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2011 ECPA Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, the man who stood up to Hitler.

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism.

After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp at age 39. Since his death, Bonhoeffer's story has grown to be one of the most fascinating and complex of the 20th century.

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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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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About "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy"

2011 ECPA Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, the man who stood up to Hitler.

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism.

After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp at age 39. Since his death, Bonhoeffer's story has grown to be one of the most fascinating and complex of the 20th century.

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

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



- Publisher

Meet the Author

Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas is a truly versatile and prolific writer, whose works have ranged from popular apologetics to meticulously researched biographies, from cutting edge articles in top periodicals to children's storybooks. Whether it's essays, reviews, satire, or even poetry, Eric is a master communicator with the written word. He has even worked on Veggie Tales! His works have been translated into over twenty languages.

Eric is extensively involved in broadcasting, hosting his own syndicated radio program The Eric Metaxas Show since 2015, featuring in-depth interviews with high profile guests. He has also appeared on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News as a cultural commentator. He is an in-demand speaker internationally, and has delivered addresses at the White House, West Point, and many universities; he has also moderated public debates involving such high profile - and controversial - figures as Bishop John Spong, Peter Singer; and Bart Ehrman.

Eric's New York Times bestseller titles include the acclaimed Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (2011 ECPA Book of the Year); as well as Miracles; Seven Women; Seven Men; Amazing Grace, and If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty. He has written more than thirty children's books, including the bestsellers Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving and It's Time to Sleep, My Love, illustrated by Nancy Tillman.

Eric's writing was first published in Atlantic Monthly, and has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Regeneration Quarterly, Christianity Today, National Review Online, Beliefnet and First Things. The American Booksellers Association chose Metaxas's The Birthday ABC as a 1995 Pick of the List and Amazon.com honored his Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving with their Number One Bestseller Award for Thanksgiving 1999.

Eric is the founder and host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, a monthly event in New York City featuring entertaining and thought provoking discussions involving such speakers as Sir John Polkinghorne, Dr Armand Nicholi, Os Guinness, Lauren F. Winner and Peter Kreeft.

Eric was born in Queens, New York City in 1963 and grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. His father is of Greek descent and his mother of German, and he was raised in a Greek Orthodox environment, though he now attends the evangelical St George's Episcopal Church in New York. He graduated from Yale University, where he edited the humour magazine and won prizes for fiction writing. Eric now lives in Manhattan with his wife Susanne and their daughter.

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Brilliant and Challenging
5 stars By Andrew, Jun 30 2018
Bonhoeffer is my favourite biography hands down. An interesting and inspiring story that challenged my understanding and practical outworking of discipleship. 
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Impacting
5 stars By Luke, Nov 28 2017
Not many books have impacted me as much as this biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The book closely follows the life of Christian pastor Bonhoeffer as he struggles with Nazi Germany. Bonhoeffer believed that actions must follow what one believed otherwise they cannot claim to believe it and his life followed suit.
He now calls all believers to do the same.
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Mixed value
3 stars By Andrew, Jan 29 2016
It's with mixed feelings that I review this recent biography of Bonhoeffer. On the one hand, it is a compelling story of a man who grappled with extremely difficult situations under Nazi-ruled Germany during the 1930's and 1940's. It is well written and draws you into Bonhoeffer's life and family.

But... there are significant and weighty criticisms from Bonhoeffer scholars that the book gives an inaccurate summary of Bonhoeffer's theology - that the author unfairly turns Bonhoeffer into a conservative evangelical after his own image, and ignores aspects of Bonhoeffer's theology that appear to paint a different view of Bonhoeffer's beliefs.

I would give the book 2 stars, given these concerns, and yet the book is sufficiently well written to still recommend with 3 stars - yet, the reader should be willing to do some independent thinking and treat Bonhoeffer's theology with a little more caution than the gushing praise lavished upon it in ignorance by Metaxas.
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Thorough and worthwhile read
4 stars By Pedro, Dec 30 2014
This book gives a comprehensive overview of Bonhoeffer's life leading up to and during World War 2. It is very thorough, spending time on Bonhoeffer's theology and relationships, as well as his involvement in the resistance. Eric Metaxas's descriptions of Nazi Germany are quite captivating, giving an excellent insight into history - and as a result, helping Christians to better understand current world events (such as the persecution of Christians). A very timely book.
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easy read
5 stars By Aud, Dec 09 2014
a clear biography of bonhoeffer from his childhood all the way to his end, eric metaxas does an excellent job of engaging the reader, the theological issues of the time, and documenting a thorough record of bonhoeffers life. The details excellent yet the biography never gets bogged down with unnecessary details. 
a must read and an easy read. 
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  • Catalogue Code 319679
  • Product Code 9781595552464
  • ISBN 1595552464
  • EAN 9781595552464
  • Pages 624
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Aug 2011
  • Sales Rank #1132
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 41 mm
  • Weight 0.703kg
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