Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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Thomas Nelson, Aug 29, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 624 pages
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WHO BETTER TO FACE THE GREATEST EVIL OF THE 20TH CENTURY THAN A HUMBLE MAN OF FAITH?

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents?including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts?to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.

"Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil. Includes Readers’ Guide “[A] beautifully constructed biography.”

—Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

“Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s story with passion and theological sophistication. . . .”

—Wall Street Journal

“[A] weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. . . .”

—Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas presents Bonhoeffer as a clear-headed, deeply convicted Christian who submitted to no one and nothing except God and his Word.”

—Christianity Today

“Metaxas has written a book that adds a new dimension to World War II, a new understanding of how evil can seize the soul of a nation and a man of faith can confront it. . . .”

—Thomas Fleming, author, The New Dealers’ War

“Metaxas has created a biography of uncommon power—intelligent, moving, well researched,vividly written, and rich in implication for our own lives. Or to put it another way: Buy this book. Read it. Then buy another copy and give it to a person you love. It’s that good.”

—Archbishop Charles Chaput, First Things

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

—Kirkus Reviews

  • 2011 ECPA Book of the Year
  • 2011 Canterbury Medal by the Becket Fund recognizing courage in the defense of religious liberty
  • 2011 Christopher Award winner highlighting the power of faith, courage, and action

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

-Kirkus Reviews

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Family and Childhood
5
Tübingen 1923
41
Roman Holiday 1924
49
Student in Berlin 192427
58
Barcelona 1928
69
Berlin 1929
88
Bonhoeffer in America 193031
99
Mars Ascending 1938
302
The Great Decision 1939
321
The End of Germany
347
From Confession to Conspiracy
358
Plotting Against Hitler
380
Bonhoeffer Scores a Victory
394
Bonhoeffer in Love
405
Killing Adolf Hitler
423

Berlin 193132
119
The Führer Principle 1933
138
The Church and the Jewish Question
150
Nazi Theology
165
The Church Struggle Begins
176
The Bethel Confession
183
Bonhoeffer in London 193435
195
The Church Battle Heats Up
204
The Conference at Fanø
234
The Road to Zingst and Finkenwalde
246
Zingst and Finkenwalde
261
Scylla and Charybdis 193536
278
Cell 92 at Tegel Prison
432
Valkyrie and the Stauffenberg Plot
475
Buchenwald
504
On the Road to Freedom
517
The One Thing I Regret About My Book
543
Notes
545
Bibliography
567
About the Author
571
Epilogue and Errata
575
Index
577
Reading Group Guide
593
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About the author (2011)

Eric Metaxas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther, Amazing Grace, and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and Metaxas has appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He is the host of The Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated daily radio show. Metaxas is also the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on “life, God, and other small topics,” featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Dick Cavett, and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, among many others. He is a senior fellow and lecturer at large at the King’s College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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