This read has restructured my thoughts on Christianity during this time frame.
It helps show the challenges of defining the church of that time for the individual and how it relates to governments. It helped me understand an unfolding that should come to each of us within the time we are given to occupy our lives within while here on earth. This biography shows the incredible life of one who fell in love with God and truly followed His word. It imprinted in my heart that the choices I make each day will help me follow Christ and obey Him in the small and the great ways He will ask of me.
Not the kind of book you casually read. I had checked it out at the library and after reading it, decided I wanted to buy it so I could reread it and reference parts of it. It's full of rich history and theology and reveals what true martyrs Bonhoeffer and many others were during that time period.
In reading Bonhoeffer, I learned about an era in history which I knew little about and gained a greater understanding about just how Hitler came to power and was allowed to commit the horrific crimes against humanity that he accomplished. More importantly, I learned about the convictions & courage Detrich BonHoeffer, a man who understood God's instruction: "... and when you've done all, stand." This is a great lesson and example for Christians of our day. I appreciate the opportunity to read, learn and be inspired by this book and highly recommend it to others.