This is one of the greatest biographies I've ever read. Absolutely riviting for anyone who is looking at world affairs today through the lens of history. Bonhoffer was like reading the headlines from todays media outlets and yet we see a man who challenges us to stand firm for truth and Christ in the midst of a "crooked and perverse" nation..... Thanks to Mr. Metaxas for a powerful book that I'm already sharing with my friends.
After eight months, one of my journeys has come to an end.
I am of course speaking about completing Eric Metaxas's massive volume entitled Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. I am so very thankful to Booksneeze and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read and review this book for free. They were even kind enough to send me a digital copy after I was about half-way through to help me finish it up on my Kindle. Booksneeze is very kind!
Let me just say from the beginning, this work has had a great effect on me. This great pastor/theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, has truly influenced me: his heart, his passions, his callings, his writings, and more importantly, his walk with the Lord. This book has challenged me, encouraged me, and strengthened me. There is only one other theologian that has had this much impact on my life this far. Through this biography, I found myself relating to Bonhoeffer. I can relate to his passions and love for the Word and the church. I can relate to his gifts and abilities. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was truly an amazing man, and this book is a testimony to that. As much as I found my similarities, I also assume that I would not have the faith of this man. His faith makes me feel ashamed of mine. I put up this tweet last week:
I wish that: 1) Dietrich Bonhoeffer was still alive 2) We were friends 3) I could speak German
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Metaxas is a gifted writer and researcher. It is very researched. It is so detailed, we are told of the meals Bonhoeffer ate. This may make it a little difficult to get through, but if you can make it through, you will definitely be blessed! The first half of the book is family history, Bonhoeffer's travels to different countries, and his educational background. As detailed as it is, it was still good to find out where he came from and his journey. I was surprised to know about his relationship with Adolf von Harnack, Karl Barth, Reinhold and Richard Niebuhr, and even Gandhi.
The second half of the book explains Bonhoeffer's involvement in a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler during the end of the second World War. It was a story of bravery, courage, principles, loyalty, and a strong faith in the Lord. Bonhoeffer stood strong on his God-given purpose and calling. It ended up costing him his life, two weeks before the Allies set the prisoners free at his concentration camp. I blogged about this recently, including the doctor at Flossenburg's response to Bonhoeffer's death. I was challenged by Bonhoeffer's discipline: his reading of the Psalms, meditation on the Word, and most importantly, his prayer life. It made me examine my own.
Maybe it is the time of my life that I am in now, but this book truly moved me. I nearly let the tears flow when reading about his death. This is a great man who has made a great influence for the Kingdom. I am thankful to Eric Metaxas for writing this genius literary accomplishment, and I hope this book only is only the beginning of a life-long study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, his writings, and his sermons.
History is repeating itself. You can not read Bonhoeffer and not see the glaring fact that National Socialism is being forced upon America by the current presidency. Christians need desperately to read this book.