Bonhoeffer Pastor, martyr, prophet, spy : a righteous gentile vs. the Third Reich

Eric Metaxas

Book - 2010

"Bonhoeffer" presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the 20th century, and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.

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Nashville : Thomas Nelson c2010.
Main Author
Eric Metaxas (-)
Physical Description
xiv, 591 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Foreword
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1. Family and Childhood
  • Chapter 2. Tübingen, 1923
  • Chapter 3. Roman Holiday, 1924
  • Chapter 4. Student in Berlin, 1924-27
  • Chapter 5. Barcelona, 1928
  • Chapter 6. Berlin, 1929
  • Chapter 7. Bonhoeffer in America, 1930-31
  • Chapter 8. Berlin, 1931-32
  • Chapter 9. The Führer Principle, 1933
  • Chapter 10. The Church and the Jewish Question
  • Chapter 11. Nazi Theology
  • Chapter 12. The Church Struggle Begins
  • Chapter 13. The Bethel Confession
  • Chapter 14. Bonhoeffer in London, 1934-35
  • Chapter 15. The Church Battle Heats Up
  • Chapter 16. The Conference at Fanø
  • Chapter 17. The Road to Zingst and Finkenwalde
  • Chapter 18. Zingst and Finkenwalde
  • Chapter 19. Scylla and Charybdis, 1935-36
  • Chapter 20. Mars Ascending, 1938
  • chapter 21. The Great Decision, 1939
  • Chapter 22. The End of Germany
  • Chapter 23. From Confession to Conspiracy
  • Chapter 24. Plotting Against Hitler
  • Chapter 25. Bonhoeffer Scores a Victory
  • Chapter 26. Bonhoeffer in Love
  • Chapter 27. Killing Adolf Hitler
  • Chapter 28. Cell 92 at Tegel Prison
  • Chapter 29. Valkyrie and the Stauffenberg Plot
  • Chapter 30. Buchenwald
  • Chapter 31. On the Road to Freedom
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In this weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas (Amazing Grace) offers a comprehensive review of one of history's darkest eras, along with a fascinating exploration of the familial, cultural and religious influences that formed one of the world's greatest contemporary theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous research to unpack the confluence of circumstances and personalities that led Germany from the defeat of WWI to the atrocities of WWII. Abundant source documentation (sermons, letters, journal entries, lectures, the Barman Declaration) brings to life the personalities and experiences that shaped Bonhoeffer: his highly intellectual, musical family; theologically liberal professors, pastoral colleagues and students; his extensive study, work, and travel abroad. Tracing Bonhoeffer's developing call to be a Jeremiah-like prophet in his own time and a growing understanding that the church was called "to speak for those who could not speak," Metaxas details Bonhoeffer's role in religious resistance to Nazism, and provides a compelling account of the faith journey that eventually involved the Lutheran pastor in unsuccessful attempts to assassinate Hitler. Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Review

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45) is high on any list of Protestant saints: a gifted pastor-theologian, he resisted Hitler's Nazification of the German Church, worked tirelessly to organize the dissenting Confessing Church, and was ultimately hanged following his involvement in a failed plot on Hitler's life. Despite these credentials, fundamentalists have traditionally warned students of the dangers of Bonhoeffer's liberalism. Metaxas (Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign To End Slavery) offers a moving, comprehensive, and engaging biography of the martyr's life, sensitively playing up those aspects of Bonhoeffer that will evoke evangelical sympathies, while dismissing radical theology's appropriation of Bonhoeffer as unjustified. Metaxas tells a compelling story, but his portrayal of theological issues is weak and slips into caricature. Nonetheless, his book will communicate with its intended evangelical audience. -VERDICT Recommended, but readers seeking more nuanced scholarship may prefer Ferdinand Schlingensiepen's Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance, due out in June. Those interested in Bonhoeffer's theology (especially his ethics) should turn to Larry Rasmussen's Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Reality and Resistance.-Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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