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The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler

(Great Conversations)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  693 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Destruction and Evil Meet Life and Peace

Adolf Hitler spilled the blood of millions for his own sake. Jesus Christ shed his own blood for the sake of millions. Hitler set himself up as a god and the masses succumbed. Jesus Christ was God in the form of lowly man. Hitler created a living hell for the masses. Jesus endured hell to save the masses. Hitler’s name is synonymous
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Multnomah (first published 2005)
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Rod Horncastle
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics
I love these books - Read this in one day. (two cups of coffee - in different locations.)

Ravi is just about my favorite human being on this planet - don't tell my dog (he won't understand) and i'm attempting to read all of his books. I'm getting there.

This book is one of the few that i'm not sure I totally agree with. Ravi has Jesus saying "I would like to take you to My Father Adolph. He awaits all who will come to Him. Just follow Me."
Would Jesus really say that? The Calvinist in me shouts "N
Jesseca Wheaton
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
I want this book on my shelf.
If this hadn't been a library book, it would have been almost totally highlighted. Ravi Zacharias's writings never ceases to cause me to stop and think. I'm literally not even sure what to say about this. If you want to see and better understand the huge difference between the religion taught in Nazi Germany and the Gospel of Christ, then you need to read this.
I'm not sure what else to say. It's amazing. Read it!
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Home time ago I read a book, Between Heaven & Hell. It is a fictional conversation between Aldous Huxley, John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis "just on the other side" of death (the three all died on the same day). It was an insightful read and is one I like and even value.

This book is supposed to be a fictional account between Jesus and Hitler (with Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a sort of witness). Sadly this book wasn't really up to what I'd hoped to find. While it will to some be an uplifting read (at lea
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is another work by Ravi Zacharias where he writes of an imaginary dialogue between famous people in history. In this book, it centers on the conversation between Hitler and Jesus. I've enjoyed other works by the author in the similar vein as this book, but I thought it was not as superb as the one Zacharias wrote on Jesus and Buddha titled, The Lotus and the Cross. It is hard to situate a realistic setting of Jesus dialoguing with Hitler, and the beginning of the book begins with an America ...more
Adam Graham
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Peter Kreeft is good at these sort of books containing fictional dialogues between historical people. Unfortunately, Ravi Zacharias not so much in this book. Zacharias' Jesus doesn't really sound anything like Jesus as he rolls off dry apologetics and polemic statements. About a third of the way into the book, Dietrich Bonhoeffer joins the conversation and it becomes a double team.

Of course, the challenge with doing Hitler is that he's so indisputably evil, there's no one to reach through nicet
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ravi Zacharias clearly lays out in conversational tone some of the main tenants of the Gospel and scripture. What does it mean to be created in the image of God? Why is human life important? What is the true pursuit of glory? What is the purpose of the church? What does the separation of church and state look like from a scriptural point of view?

A great read for an introduction into the philosophical underpinnings of the Bible through conversation with an imposing figure in scripture.

The writing
Winston Jen
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Dull Platitudes that Ignore the Reality of Christianity

Ravi introduces his book by comparing Jesus to Adolf Hitler. What he forgets to mention is the blood-soaked history of Christianity, especially over the thousand years that were the Dark Ages. He ignores the true meaning of the word sacrifice (a permanent loss given up for the greater good) and lumps Jesus in the same category as Bill Gates and Doctors Without Borders. They sacrificed far more than Ravi's mythological figure, who, according
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Others have rightly compared this book to the one by Peter Kreeft on a postmortem encounter between Lewis, Huxley, & Kennedy, which I have also read. It definitely wasn't as good as Kreeft's book and I didn't think that was that great, but it was better than this one. So as for this book - not terrible - not great - somewhere in between. Zacharias had some good ideas such as working in Bonhoeffer's "Who Am I" but unfortunately all the characters, including Jesus, still seemed rather flat. They a ...more
Wendy Rabe
This book had some interesting facts about the Third Reich and made solid points about how Hitler's violent actions were totally consistent with a naturalistic worldview. It also contrasted God's view of relationship, as demonstrated in the eternal, perfect relationship between the persons of the Trinity, and Hitler's view: that relationships, and people created in God's image, were disposable and only a means to self-exaltation and achieving his own designs.
The book also wrestled with a seemi
Rachel N
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in developing a Christian Worldview
I first heard of Ravi Zacharias when I lived in India. The Christians there highly esteemed him as a great man of God and could not believe that I had never heard of him. Since then I have read several of his books and had an opportunity to hear him speak at University Presbyterian in Seattle. He is renown in the field of apologetics/worldview and, as an East Indian, brings a unique perspective to the field. His teachings and writings are deeply profound. In his "Great Conversations" series, Zac ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read the other books in this series, the with Krishna and Buddha have both been good. This was an interesting book to read, howeve I feel Mr. Zacharias failed to allow Hitler to rebut to Jesus talk about the Old Testament and how God allowed the Israelites to smite whole nations (including women and children.)

Though he did a good job of presenting how Jesus can speak to Hitler, and included Bonhoeffer, I think that Ravi did a poor job of presenting a more in-depth conversation that I reall
Becky B
Normally, I really like Zacharias' writing, but the first half of this book did not impress me. I felt it was awkward and disjointed. All of a sudden you're in the middle of the conversation of two modern day people but there's no introduction to them. Eventually you figure out they're setting the scene for the rest of the book, but I really wish Ravi had done it differently. Thankfully, the second half of the book is much better. When we finally got around to the three-way conversation between ...more
Steve Penner
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This very brief book is an imagined conversation following Hitler's death at the judgment seat of Jesus with a few witnesses called, but mostly Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Zacharias uses the conversation to expound his version of the Christian role in politics. I enjoyed it although some find the whole genre highly suspect. It is most reminiscent of Peter Kreeft's "Between Heaven and Hell" with overtones of C. S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce." If you don't mind the imaginative and intellectual nature of t ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book...really captured the mindset of Hitler. It also shows what it is to love people reguardless of their ethnicity, race, background, you name it... but that we are all made by God and should be treated justly reguardless...and how denying that truth comes from the lack of trusting that God made man. Heads into some major issues as to the fallibility in believing in an Evolutionary theory... I noticed Ravi points out an important truth for those who don't know about the ever present Hell ...more
Ken Mullins
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zacharais
"The reconciliation of liberty with law can be accomplished only when the heart is in tune with a higher law than merely man's law. When a people who have recognized their sin turn to God's grace, His law is seen a defining for the soul and for the well-being of a nation. Without redemption the law only serves to condemn them and draw attention to their shortcomings." (page 80)

Well written, easy to read book, but full of deep truths.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bible-theology
Not knowing what to expect, I found a plausible interpretation of heaven, judgment, and a multitude of other topics from Ravi Zacharias. It provides some interesting details from Adolf Hitler's life, particularly during his time as Fuhrer. Near the end, the dialogue and reasoning became much clearer than earlier on, talking about power, love, and church/state relations. Zacharias definitely explains the Scriptures well in this little book about Hitler and Christ. ...more
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
Ravi has a way of communicating that resonates with most individuals. For me, this dialogue between Jesus and Hitler was what I would imagine it to be in reality. It wasn't all that deep in theology or philosophy but it seemed to bring a vivid personal sense that outstripped the academic depth that many apologetic books are known for. In my opinion, it was a very enjoyable short book on Ravi's perspective on how Hitler's encounter was when he met Jesus. ...more
Patricia B. Gross
Awesome evangelizing tool

Awesome evangelizing tool

This comic is full of the theology of God's love written in a way that is easy to understand. The comic book format lends an entertainment aspect that could get people to read it when they might not initially want to read the Bible and then lead to a thirst for further Bible study and their subsequent salvation.
Nov 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would it have been like...that first moment Hitler was standing before His Maker a nanosecond after his earthly life was done? What might he have said to Jesus Christ? What answers might he have received? Zacharias--a brilliant thinker--imagines just that conversation...and it brings great issues and ideas to light.
Ashton Herrod
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, Ravi certainly took on a heavy topic, but I felt he did it with truth and sensitivity. Of course, we can't know what an actual conversation between these two would look like, but Ravi has given us a picture of a possibility. Ravi seems to know who Jesus is in his portrayal of him. A great read. I am glad to have read it. ...more
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I actually learned some interesting facts about Hitler that I didn't know as well as getting an easy to digest philosphical investigation into the conflict between Hitler and the true teachings of Christ. Well worth the read. ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-books
A very interesting look at what Christ might have said to Hitler when he was judged. What's sad is how likely his attitude (as portrayed in the book) would be to the real one and to other atheists' outlooks. ...more
Patrick Byrd
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Ravi. His intelligence along with his gift to teach really comes through in this great conversation between two very different characters from history. I love the guest appearance of Dietrich Bohoeffer!
Aug 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
very creative and thought-provoking read, but not life changing.
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding understanding of what the conversation between Hitler and Jesus could have been like.
Awesome. Does a great job of touching on relativism as well.
Aaron Carlberg
This is another in his Jesus talks to someone in history series. Not as good as the one with Buddha or Krishna, but OK.
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religious
Not anywhere near as interesting as the other books in the series.
Christian Proano
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion by far as a narrative is the best in this "conversations series" profound thought about politics and religion... is simply great! ...more
Mark Wood
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This one is in that genera of imaginary dialogues. It's pretty short, but worth a read. ...more
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great Book talking about the problem of evil
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Ravi Zacharias was a speaker and an author of over 25 books. He fully believed the truth of Jesus Christ can endure the toughest critiques and spent nearly 50 years addressing life’s great existential questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. He was founder and chairman of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (, headquartered in Atlanta with sixteen offices worldwide. He ...more

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