Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

83%

24 Critic Reviews

For the most part, Metaxas allows this epic story to play itself out, unhindered by commentary; where he does add his own voice, the conclusions are sage. A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents?including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts?to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.


"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


 

 

About Eric Metaxas

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Eric Metaxas es autor de más de 30 libros, entre ellos los éxitos editoriales Amazing Grace y Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask).
 
Published August 29, 2011 by Thomas Nelson. 625 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, War, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction
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All: 24 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
on Dec 15 2010

For the most part, Metaxas allows this epic story to play itself out, unhindered by commentary; where he does add his own voice, the conclusions are sage. A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 19 2010

Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by JOSEPH LOCONTE on Apr 23 2010

Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication...In "Bonhoeffer" we meet a complex, provocative figure...

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Paul Pace on Oct 29 2010

Metaxas has done a marvelous job in allowing the reader into the world of Dietrich Bonhoeffer to truly experience how deeply Bonhoeffer was committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Carmen Sterba on Jul 01 2014

...Eric Metaxas published the most comprehensive biography of DB in 40 years, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.

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Patheos

Above average
Reviewed by Tony Jones on Jun 26 2012

Metaxas’s account of Bonhoeffer’s life has been almost universally derided by Bonhoeffer scholars. They say that he simply took bits and pieces of Bonhoeffer’s biography — all cribbed from earlier books — and pasted them together to make his point...

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The New Republic

Good
Reviewed by Alan Wolfe on Jan 13 2011

Bonhoeffer’s life and work are certainly inspiring, ...his theological ideas were so conservative while his actions were so heroic

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The Gospel Coalition

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Robinson on Jan 18 2013

The work is well-written and impeccably researched...readers will be quickly drawn into the enthralling story that is part biography, part living theology and part spy story.

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Crosswalk.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Dr. Ray Pritchard on Jul 02 2011

We could use a few more Bonhoeffers today. To that end I hope that many people will read this fine book by Eric Metaxas.

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ForeWord Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Diane Gardner on Jun 15 2010

Metaxas masterfully weaves a tantalizing story even as he explores the biblical justification behind Bonhoeffer’s philosophy and the events that shaped it. Christians interested in Bonhoeffer’s theology will find it illuminated in the fuller context of his life.

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Kansas City Public Library

Good
Reviewed by Judy Klamm on Feb 05 2014

This is a complete biography of a great theologian. I never knew much about this individual, and enjoyed learning of his life and the trials he endured during the time of Adolf Hitler.

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The Christian Century

Below average
Reviewed by Clifford Green on Oct 05 2010

Metaxas writes as an omniscient narrator, a mind reader who knows Bonhoeffer's every thought and feeling. (Is this just a literary device, or does it reveal how much the author pro­jects his own views into the mind and actions of his subject?)

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The Aquila Report

Good
Reviewed by Marvin Padgett on Sep 02 2010

Since Bonhoeffer’s name is seared into our consciousnesses because of the backdrop of his life, Metaxas does an excellent job of painting this picture clearly.

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WND

Good
Reviewed by Ellis Washington on Nov 25 2011

Bonhoeffer transcended our defective human condition and demonstrated his enduring love of God, family and country by sacrificing his own personal safety and security playing a central part in two separate plots to kill Hitler...

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Christianity Today

Above average
Reviewed by Jason B. Hood on Feb 07 2011

Bonhoeffer can easily strike one as more evangelical than American liberal theologians from the same era, because the latter were locked in a death struggle with fundamentalism. But a writer of Metaxas's caliber should have known better.

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Before It's News

Excellent
Reviewed by Martin on May 20 2013

In the end, the story of Bonhoeffer’s life is both melancholy, and inspirational. Metaxas’ book is one that this reviewer will think about for a long time to come.

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Challies

Good
Reviewed by Tim Challies on May 25 2010

I’ve often said that there are two kinds of biographies: those where you feel like you’ve learned about the subject and those where you feel like you’ve actually met the subject. It is the latter that are the great biographies and Bonhoeffer is among that number.

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Relevant

Good
Reviewed by CASEY HOBBS on Mar 07 2011

From a personal perspective, as a disciple of the teachings of Bonhoeffer, I have been extremely pleased with the question Mr. Metaxas leaves us wondering throughout the work.

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The Well-Read Man

Good
on Jun 17 2013

Bonhoeffer is more than a biography. It’s also a call to worship, something that can’t be avoided given the lengthy excerpts from Bonhoeffer’s books and letters.

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Muse Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Megret on Aug 29 2011

It is inspiring to read about someone whose convictions and faith held so strong to the very end, even to that final day on earth. I have much more knowledge of and respect for Bonhoeffer, his family members, and close friends now that I have read this account of his life.

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Culture Watch

Good
Reviewed by Bill Muehlenberg on Apr 26 2011

In 600 pages his life story is told in careful detail. It is an extremely valuable book and has plenty of relevance for Christians today.

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Faith Village

Excellent
Reviewed by KELLEY MATHEWS on Jan 22 2011

In his 542-page, surprisingly readable tome, Metaxes introduces the German pastor-turned-spy to a new generation, packing his work with previously unpublished details and fascinating insight into Bonhoeffer’s personal life...

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Hearts & Minds

Good
on Dec 22 2010

Perhaps it can be said that Mr. Metaxas' tome isn't the best study of Bonhoeffer. Indeed, it is not a "study" at all, but a biography. Like any historian's work, the framing and interpretation of the historian comes in to play...

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Greg

Good
Reviewed by Greg on Aug 21 2010

Those wanting to read something by Bonhoeffer won’t be disappointed by his two most popular books: Life Together and/or The Cost of Discipleship. Those who have read one or both will find their understanding enriched by reading Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Spy.

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