Book Review: Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged
Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
By Eric Metaxas

From the New York Times Best-Selling Author Eric Metals, an abridged version of the groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century a man who stood up to hitler. A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation bullied a continent and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe a young pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and he was hanged in Flossenburg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century. Bonhoeffer brings the reader face-to-face with a man determined to do the will of God radially, courageously, and joyfully-even to the point of death. It 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. 

Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Bonhoeffer; Amazing Grace; Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness; and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. ABC News has called Metals a "photogenic, witty ambassador for faith in public life." He speaks to thousands around the United States and internationally each year, and he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. 

I'd like to think that I'm quite in the know when it comes to WW2 stories (I mean I did read Out of the Depths and visit an Air Museum) but I'd never hear of Bonhoeffer. The story is really inspiring, and so is the man. Eric Metaxas does an amazing job writing it. For sure something I'm going to have to pass on to my dad, and then maybe donate to the local library. 

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