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Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
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Sep 18, 11

bookshelves: adventure, christian, historical, political, war, nonfiction
Recommended to Steve by: Richard Cash
Read from September 06 to 17, 2011

Easy to see why this book was a winner last year. It's great to learn something new, and this one gives a different perspective on a number of fronts:

[++]Bonhoeffer, the man: The relevant angles are all covered; birth, family, education, calling, major life events, his courage, his writing, engagement, death, and a brief afterward.
[+]Bonhoeffer, the theologian: The primary purpose of the book was explaining how the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer drove his life.
[+]Life in the Weimar Republic: Most history mentions this phase of German history only as it set up the conditions that allowed Hitler to come to power. But what was it like to live it?
[++]The German Aristocracy: Who knew that there were a lot of Germans that hated Hitler? And that they sat by and did very little because they were even more ticked off over the Treaty of Versailles?
[+++]The German Military: Despite the fact that a large number of Generals hated Hitler, they nonetheless fought against the Allies due to their love of country (and perhaps a little because of the way WWI ended).
[++++]Bonhoeffer, the spy: Theology drives life, and for Dietrich Bonhoeffer this meant joining the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. Ultimately this is what cost Bonhoeffer his life.


If you want to know someone, read his letters. Metaxas quotes extensively from Bonhoeffer's correspondence and pieces together a portrait of an oft-misunderstood man. His brilliance and his deep Evangelical faith are clearly on display here, and the author takes careful steps to attempt to shore up some misunderstandings that others have reached from some of Bonhoeffer's words.

A grand book.
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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason would you call Bonhoeffer an evangelical or a neo-orthodox theologian, based on what you read in the book?


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