Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy-Eric Metaxas

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Eric Metaxas

Thomas Nelson, Aug 30 2011, $19.99

ISBN: 9781595552464

This is a great biography of Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who while in his thirties confronted Hitler’s Nazi takeover of the Churches within Germany when hardly anyone even from outside the Their Reich would do so. His faith in the Lord guided him as he joined the failed assassination plot and was executed at the Flossenberg. Besides the insight into Bonhoeffer’s heroic martyred stand as a believer that the Church must speak for those without a voice. He had a strong faith in God he was an espionage agent. Eric Metaxas provides a powerful look at Germany from the defeat at the peace conference ending WWI to the ethnic cleansing atrocities of WWII. Well written with a profound look at Pastor Bonhoeffer and his Germany, but downplaying the detractors who give credence to his resistance and acceptance of death, but also take exception to the martyr’s theological positions that are not espoused with the same levels of zeal and clarity.

Harriet Klausner

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