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Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
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Oct 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-books-read, kindled-ebook, nonfiction
Read from September 10 to October 01, 2011

This book fascinated me. I've heard Dietrich Bonhoeffer quoted often, most usually in a sermon at church. Last winter when I was teaching 7th grade social studies we studied the Holocaust, and I ran across this biography. It took me until now to have time to read it. Even without his martyrdon, Bonhoeffer must have been a truly remarkable man. He appeared to affect everyone he met and he seems to have an indelible mark on those who knew him well. Eric Metaxas paints a full picture of Bonhoeffer - his personal life, his spiritual life, and his political life. While the explication of Bonhoeffer's theology may not be everyone's cup of tea, I was very interested. So interested in fact, that I will be seeking out some of Bonhoeffer's books. Metaxas also did a really good job of explaining the despair that faced post WWI Germany which made Hitler's rise to power possible. I learned a great deal more about the struggles of the German church than I had known before too. This book was not a fast read for me. I found myself going back to previous letters and passages. This is one book I wish I'd read in hard copy and not on a Kindle, because of that.

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