Bonhoeffer Abridged: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

This was my first real exposure to the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who courageously defied the Nazi agenda and joined a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The book is a shortened version of the longer biographical work by the same author, and I found it difficult to put down once I began reading. I assume that the most important and interesting details of Bonhoeffer’s life were included to draw the average reader into this incredible narrative. At a time when the majority of people were either ignorant or afraid of opposing what was occurring in Germany, a respected Christian pastor dared to speak out against the unimaginable atrocities of Hitler. The chapters cover the progression of his life from childhood to death at age thirty-nine after two years spent in concentration camps. Excerpts of his writings and those of his contemporaries provide such an authentic feeling to this book that I was taken aback by their heart wrenching experiences. Bonhoeffer never wavered in his faith and trust in the Lord, who used him mightily before and after his imprisonment to counsel others, preach the Bible, and exhibit peace in the midst of horrible circumstances. I am inspired by this man’s tenacity and fearlessness in sacrificing his own life to speak out and take action against evil, maintaining a composure and grace that only God could provide.

untitledRequired Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through the BookLook blogger review program in exchange for an honest appraisal.

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