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A Testament To Freedom

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was only thirty-nine years old when he was executed in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, yet his courage, vision, and brilliance have greatly influenced the twentieth-century Church and theology. Particularly through his bestselling classic, The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer profoundly shaped such minds and movements as Martin Luther King, Jr., and ...more
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Published 1995 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published November 1990)
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I had been court-ordered to rehab in the Summer of 1995, and bought this book on the way... It probably saved my sanity, which was under severe strain due to the fact that I was surrounded by crackheads for nearly 4 and-a-half weeks. I spent my early childhood in the last Lutheran church in North America which still had a German-language service every Sunday (St. Matthäus Kirche, a.k.a. St. Matthew's, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The legendary missionary Ernst Wendland had been Pastor there; he ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a hero of mine, without a doubt. While many of us question the kinds of decisions we would make in a given place, Bonhoeffer left us no doubt which is the way of sacrifice, much like the writings of Boethius. While he is quite capable of admitting his fear and sense of indecision even when in jail awaiting what he senses (correctly) will be his execution, his profound outpouring of love for Christ is raised to the point of both magnificence and self abasement in a remarkab ...more
Randall Luce
Feb 13, 2012 Randall Luce rated it it was amazing
For anybody interested in the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "A Testament to Freedom" is an excellent overview.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and pastor during the 1930s and 1940s. He spent his career fighting a losing battle for the independence of the church and the Gospel from Nazi influence, not the least of which was Bonhoeffer's criticism of anti-semitism. That battle ultimately cost Bonhoeffer his life, as he imprisoned and, finally, executed just days before the end o
Mar 12, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Keep this book right next to your bible. I have been so challenged, spiritually and intellectually, by this man's writing. It illuminates scripture and the human condition in a powerful way.
Jul 19, 2016 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good reader of Bonhoeffer's works, capturing his thought and growth throughout his academic and published life. It serves as a topical primer and introduction to his works, well referenced for those who will use it for further study.
Matt Moran
A collection of Bonhoeffer's work from 1928 up through the prison letters of 1944. Much of this is excerpted from his major works but I loved reading his correspondence with people like Karl Barth, his friend Eberhard Bethge, and his fiancee Maria. Also includes some prison poetry.

"A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, does various unessential things, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent."
Aug 06, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, a sampling of the critical written work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, provided an enlightening glimpse into the life and thought f an important theologian. I was impressed with the way Bonhoeffer consistently brings things back to the cross. I was also surprised at his challenge to things "religious" in his later years. I think he came to understand the risk that "religion" can so easily become idolatry. Overall, an excellent read.
MK Fong
Mar 20, 2010 MK Fong rated it it was amazing
Here is a man that is brilliant, passionate about life, and gave his all in following his real Lord and not the manufactured one called Hitler. He had his wits and the resolve not give in while his countrymen succumbed to the pressure of mass conformity. His writings reveal how this backdrop of Nazi Germany influenced his perspective. This book is a great launching point for his other writings such as his Ethics.
Mar 04, 2009 Andrew rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best and most accessible compilations of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writings available in English translation. The authors did an excellent job selecting some of the best of his works and his personal correspondence. If you read no other Bonhoeffer, this would be an great choice to get to know this important figure. I plan to reread it myself and I have most of his works in full.
Timmy Dy
Mar 21, 2013 Timmy Dy rated it it was amazing
it's rare for me to give a book 5 stars, especially one that i've only read half-way.

the section of Bonhoeffer's sermons alone is worth paying for this book.


i finally understand all you Piper/Keller fans out there. haha. I guess you could call me a Bonhoeffer fan.
Mar 03, 2013 James marked it as to-read
I don't think I'll ever get enough Bonhoeffer. What a powerful oeuvre he left the world, and what an amazing testament is his life to humanity and our struggle with God.
May 04, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading snippets of Bonhoeffer's work, but at the same time, it always left me with the strong desire to read the whole thing and not the snippet!
Ann Barber
Jul 24, 2011 Ann Barber rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is truly one of the twentieth century's best theologians. He is a unique example of one who lived what he believed.
Drew Darby
Nov 30, 2010 Drew Darby rated it really liked it
This is a great introduction to Bonhoeffer's thought for anyone who is totally new to him. Mostly excerpts, though.
Feb 20, 2012 June rated it really liked it
Very thought provoking. I had to read it in little bits & chunks and will return!
Sep 08, 2008 Pointer rated it it was amazing
A wealth of great material here to wrestle with for a lifetime.
Feb 05, 2013 benebean marked it as paused-progress
I liked Cost of Discipleship more... this one is odd
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Sep 15, 2007 Chris Wheatley rated it liked it
read in parts.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian. He was also a participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism, a founding member of the Confessing Church. His involvement in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler resulted in his arrest in April 1943 and his subsequent execution by hanging in April 1945, sho ...more
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