Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
By: Metaxas, Eric
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Paperback / 591 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: August 2011
ISBN: 1595552464; 9781595552464
From the "New York Times-"bestselling author of "Amazing
Grace" comes a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich
Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century,
a man who stood up to Hitler and the monstrous evil that was
Nazism. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate
the Fuhrer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp.
"In this weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas offers a comprehensive review of one of history's darkest eras, along with a fascinating exploration of the familial, cultural and religious influences that formed one of the world's greatest contemporary theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous research to unpack the confluence of circumstances and personalities that led Germany from the defeat of WWI to the atrocities of WWII. Abundant source documentation (sermons, letters, journal entries, lectures, the Barman Declaration) brings to life the personalities and experiences that shaped Bonhoeffer: his highly intellectual, musical family; theologically liberal professors, pastoral colleagues and students; his extensive study, work, and travel abroad. Tracing Bonhoeffer's developing call to be a Jeremiah-like prophet in his own time and a growing understanding that the church was called "to speak for those who could not speak," Metaxas details Bonhoeffer's role in religious resistance to Nazism, and provides a compelling account of the faith journey that eventually involved the Lutheran pastor in unsuccessful attempts to assassinate Hitler. Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology." Publishers Weekly, Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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