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. 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 48.26mm | 657.71g
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • 1595552464
  • 9781595552464
  • 44,753

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 author of the New York Times bestseller Amazing Grace, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask), Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About God, and thirty children's books. He is founder and host of Socrates in the City in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Marks Hill Review, and First Things. He has written for VeggieTales and Rabbit Ears Productions, earning three Grammy nominations for Best Children's Recording.
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