Bonhoeffer : Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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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, known as much for such spiritual classics as The cost of Discipleship and Life Together, as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for his part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

In the first major biography of Bonhoeffer in forty years, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer's life?the theologian and the spy?to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. 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.

In Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy?A Righteous Gentiel vs the Third Reich, Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer's heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safe haven of America for Hitler's Germany, and using extended excerpts from love letters and coded messages written to and from Bonhoeffer's Cell 92, Metaxas tells for the first time the full story of Bonhoeffer's passionate and tragic romance.

Readers will discover fresh insights and revelations about his life-changing months at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and about his radical position on why Christians are obliged to stand up for the Jews. Metaxas also sheds new light on Bonhoeffer's reaction to Kristallnacht, his involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in "Operation 7," the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.

Bonhoeffer gives witness to one man's extraordinary faith and to the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Nazism. It brings the reader face to face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully?even to the point of death. 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.

"Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology." ?Publishers Weekly

"[A] massive and masterful new biography." ?Christianity Today

"Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication." ?Wall Street Journal

"Metaxas magnificently captures the life of theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer . . . A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st Century." ?Kirkus
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Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 53.34mm | 839.14g
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • 1595551387
  • 9781595551382
  • 37,971

Table of contents

From the Contents:
- Foreword
- Prologue
- CHAPTER 1: Family and Childhood
- CHAPTER 2: Tubingen, 1923
- CHAPTER 3: Roman Holiday, 1924
- CHAPTER 4: Student in Berlin, 1924-27
- CHAPTER 5: Barcelona, 1928
- CHAPTER 6: Berlin, 1929
- CHAPTER 7: Bonhoeffer in America, 1930-31
- CHAPTER 8: Berlin, 1931-32
- CHAPTER 9: The Rihrer Principle, 1933
- CHAPTER 10: The Church and the Jewish Question
- CHAPTER 11: Nazi Theology
- CHAPTER 12: The Church Struggle Begins
- CHAPTER 13: The Bethel Confession
- CHAPTER 14: Bonhoeffer in London, 1934-35
- CHAPTER 15: The Church Battle Heats Up
- CHAPTER 16: The Conference at Fanø
- CHAPTER 17: The Road to Zingst and Finkenwalde
- CHAPTER 18: Zingst and Finkenwalde
- CHAPTER 19: Scylla and Charybdis, 1935-36
- CHAPTER 20: Mars Ascending, 1938
- CHAPTER 21: The Great Decision, 1939
- CHAPTER 22: The End of Germany
- CHAPTER 23: From Confession to Conspiracy
- CHAPTER 24: Plotting Against Hitler
- CHAPTER 25: Bonhoeffer Scores a Victory
- CHAPTER 26: Bonhoeffer in Love
- CHAPTER 27: Killing Adolf Hitler
- CHAPTER 28: Cell 92 at Tegel Prison
- CHAPTER 29: Valkyrie and the Stauffenberg Plot
- CHAPTER 30: Buchenwald
- CHAPTER 31: On the Road to Freedom
- Notes
- Bibliography
- About the Author
- Acknowledgments
- Index
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About Eric Metaxas

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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