“Bonhoeffer” by Metaxas
“From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.
A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism.
After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp at age 39. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the 20th century.
Bonhoeffer presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the 20th century, and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.”
WOW, I just finished this book. it took me longer then most books do but totally worth it. When I saw this book available to review on booksneeze I had to read it. When I was at MBI I studied the Holocaust and visited the Holocaust museum in D.C. and also visited a concentration camp in Dachau, Germany. This all impacted me deeply and made me want to study and research more. i didn’t understand how a whole nation could just sit by and let all this happen. I was hoping “Bonhoeffer” would give me more in-site on what the Christians were doing.
The book started out a bit slow, explaining his family’s back history and beliefs, intelligence and views on religion. This part was needed so we could see why Bonhoeffer thought in the way he did. They were taught to not just do frivolous talk but talk with meaning at all times. Bonhoeffer took this into his life once he found God. he questioned many times what the church really is and why the Gospel of God wasn’t reached more. When Hitler came into power and started making rules that said Jews weren’t people, Bonhoeffer felt this was wrong. he felt that Go’s love and Word was for everyone.
Hitler took his power and slowly and sneakily made his way into killing the Jews, handicapped, non-Aryan people, and just anyone who was in his way. Most Germans didn’t know what was going on or were too scared to do something about it. But not Bonhoeffer and a few of his close friends and family. They knew that something needed to be done, at all costs, including loosing their lives.
I got a lot out of this book. I learned so much more of a movement that was out there trying their best to stop the most evil person in history. I also learned of a man and his family that i have now come to admire and love. I may never get to meet anyone from his family but I feel a bond after reading this book. I also got a lot of in-site into my own life and how I’m living it for God. I found myself highlighting page after page of words that have given me a “slap int he face” to snap out of my comfort zone, spend more time with God and to love others with my whole heart.
I encourage all Christians(and non) to read this book. You will come out of it feeling wiser, closer to God and moved by the events of the reign of terror called Hitler.
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