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.
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.