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Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A new comprehensive biography of this hugely important Christian martyr, 60 years after his execution at the hands of the Nazis Bonhoeffer has gained a position as one of the most prominent Christian martyrs of the last century. His influence is so widespread that even 60 years after his execution by the Nazis, Bonhoeffer's life and work are still the subject of fresh and ...more
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published June 3rd 2010 by Bloomsbury T&T Clark (first published September 30th 2005)
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Andrew
Apr 06, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
Having read both Bethge's classic biography and the more recent one by Metaxas, I read this work by Schlingensiepen not to learn new information, although there is some of that, but to see how the author portrays Bonhoeffer. Schlingensiepen's writing style does not read as easily as Metaxas, but overall he presents a fuller, deeper, more rounded picture of Bonhoeffer. Metaxas may provoke more interest in Bonhoeffer, but in doing so presents a somewhat limited picture of the man. I would recommen ...more
Adam Shields
Mar 24, 2012 Adam Shields rated it really liked it
Short Review: I have read Metaxas biography of Bonhoeffer. And while I think it is a decent biography, this one is better. Bonhoeffer's place in Germany, his theology, the history and his own writing are all better presented here. The problem with the biography is that it is expensive and harder to find. But I would make the effort, track the price of the kindle book or look in used book stores. Bonhoeffer is worth the effort to explore.

My full review is on my blog at http://bookwi.se/1906-1945/
Mark Vermaire
Dec 24, 2013 Mark Vermaire rated it it was amazing
A fine biography of Bonhoeffer. Whereas Metaxis's biography (as engaging a book as that is) seems to try to make DB into an American evangelical, Schlingensiepen shows much more clearly both his German theological roots and his connection--both personally and theologically--to Karl Barth. This won't be as easy for most Americans to read but it seems more faithful to Bonhoeffer's life and thought.
Robert D. Cornwall
Jan 21, 2011 Robert D. Cornwall rated it it was amazing
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the seminal theologians of the 20th century and a person's whose life exemplified commitment to the ideals of Jesus Christ. This biography is, in my mind, the best introduction to his life that is available today. It is fair and comprehensive. It deals with the relevant sources and doesn't try to claim Bonhoeffer for a particular religious party. If you want to know about Bonhoeffer, here is the place to go!

Thomas
May 05, 2011 Thomas rated it really liked it
The best short(er) academic biography of Bonhoeffer available. Especially strong in its description of the church struggle in Germany and Bonhoeffer's role within the struggle and the ecumenical movement, and how this tied together with his opposition to Hitler. Also includes additional primary source material and description of the German situation that some other biographies lack.
Ron
Feb 18, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it
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Denise Dietrich
Jun 09, 2012 Denise Dietrich rated it it was amazing
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life has forever changed the church and thinking surrounding "religion". His story is one that is captivating and he truly followed God's calling without fear or resignation. Dietrich's presence can be felt through reading about him, and thoughts of him linger even after you've put the book down. This will really challenge your beliefs or at the very least open your eyes to true theology.
Mary Licking
Manageable size for me to read and the reading went along well. It is no secret this is largely based on Bethge's biography, but there were enough new revelations to keep my interest. The family tree was helpful and the timeline included was something not all biographies on Bonhoeffer have. I had to send away to get this; it was worth the trouble and the wait.
Mauberley
This is a wonderful introduction to an important voice in 20th century theology. While it in no way obviates the need to read the man himself, there are a sufficient number of citations from his work and letters to give a newcomer such as myself a taste of Bonhoeffer's theology. The book's particular excellence lies in providing the historical and biographical background to Bonhoeffer's thought.
Richard
Feb 24, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing
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A very good biography…it covers the man, his times and what he accomplished…and it reads "well"…these are what one expects a very good biography to do…
Dwight Davis
Feb 07, 2011 Dwight Davis rated it really liked it
A really good introductory biography. Much, much better than Metaxas' biography. But no biography of Bonhoeffer can hold up to Bethge's.
Jennings Peeler
Dec 28, 2014 Jennings Peeler rated it it was amazing
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A very good biography…it covers the man, his times and what he accomplished…and it reads "well"…these are what one expects a very good biography to do…
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