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.
I have given this book as a gift twice with most excellent feedback. The book is interesting and brings to light much history of which I was unaware. I believe it is well written and seems to be historically accurate. It is an inspiring book for those of the Christian faith.
I thought this was an OUTSTANDING book. Metaxas does a wonderful job of telling the story of Bonhoeffer's life. I was captivated by Mataxas' writing skill and style in revealing the details of Bonhoeffer's struggles and development as a son, a brother, an independent thinker, a minister, a mentor, a theologian, and a conscientious objector. Metaxas shows the reader the humanity, the complexity, and the consistency of Bonhoeffer as a person. In contrast, Metaxas also shows the reader the inhumanity, the complexity, and the deviousness of Hitler and the development of his Third Reich. The intersection of these two parallel stories makes for compelling reading.
As a young Christian I recall hearing a pastor say, "If you are not serving God in a Christian manner, please don't tell others you are a believer." Since that time I have read biographies with an eye to finding those Christians who lived what they believed, and believed in what they lived. I could not read BONHOEFFER through in a few days. I read it on my Kindle, put aside and pondered, read more, and put aside and pondered. It took me nearly a year. I told others about it, recommended it before I had finished reading, and bought more copies to share.
When I had finished the book, it was with a deep sense of having been touched by God through the life of a truly Godly man. I am so thankful to Eric Metaxis for following the leading of God in writing a book he did not want, in the beginning, to write.