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Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Author Eric Metaxas
Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner
Runtime 22.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Blackstone Audio
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Release Date August 11, 2010
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, this is a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, this is a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg 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 presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the twentieth century and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.

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This provides an excellent overview of his life
A Wonderful book and audio book
Review by / (Posted on 10/19/2015)
Christian biography at its best
Metaxas brilliantly draws out the essence of this man of faith and conviction. Bonhoeffer lived his life fully alive to his Lord and fully engaged in the world. His courageous example will be a constant reminder to me that we have nothing to fear in this life: that the only thing that matters is our obedience to His call.
Review by / (Posted on 7/29/2015)
great book
it helps to get a real picture of Bonhoefers life Teaching and the history of that time. very challenging on many ethical issues
Review by / (Posted on 12/21/2014)
Amazing book
I love the detail Metaxas goes into with this book on Bonhoeffer. Metaxas has a point of view on the events and people he describes and I appreciate hearing his take on them.

I have the printed book, but would never have gotten through it in this decade. The audio format is ideal for people like me.
Review by / (Posted on 9/8/2013)
Excellent Book - Must Read
Even being from German background and knowing much of the history, this book gave me insight from a whole different perspective - that of the church - on the events of the Third Reich.

The only criticism I have is that they should have chosen a reader who is better familiar with the German language pronunciation. This way people like me could actually understand the names and places, whereas the way the book sounds it is hard to guess what the names are. That is unfortunate and a disadvantage to actually reading the book.
Review by / (Posted on 4/9/2013)
Life changing
The steady, consistent proclamation of true and real faith in Christ despite horrendous circumstances and inner turmoil sets a high standard for today's American Christians. The faithfulness and unwavering obedience to the Lord was very convicting. The audiobook is a gripping, thrilling and devastating true story. YOU MUST LISTEN!!
Review by / (Posted on 2/5/2013)
Inspiring book
This is one of the best books I've ever read. What a wonderful man Mr. Bonhoeffer was. Eric Metaxas is a wonderful writer, I'll read anything he puts out. If you want to be inspired, read this book.
Review by / (Posted on 6/22/2012)
Gripping in its relevance!
This is the bracing account of a prophet's valiant efforts to be faithful in the midst of the death of German Christendom. He developed a theology of resistance and called the church to step in line with Christ rather than with the Third Reich. Unfortunately, many found capitulation and inaction more convenient than martyrdom. I fear the same may befall the American church except we all likewise repent of our dereliction of duty and obedience in the areas of education, charity, and family life. May the Lord not let this literary seed fall to the ground without bearing forth fruit a hundredfold in return.
Review by / (Posted on 12/16/2011)
Spiritually encouraging and historically insightful
Some on the left have attempted to co-opt Bonhoeffer for their own agenda. Metaxas sets all that straight. Bonhoeffer was a true man of God AND the inerrant Scriptures, unusual in his short life of integrity and devotion.

The book also provides a sympathetic view of the many in Germany in the years leading up to the war and through the ordeal who rejected Hitler's third Reich.

Finally, I found the book chilling in its parallels to our own political war here in the US where Capitalism is assailed by Socialism to the general effect of the erosion of heretofore unquestioned freedoms. Even so, we find in "Bonhoeffer" that no matter how bad things might get, our God is a very great God and the struggle is both worth it and redounds to His glory.
Review by / (Posted on 12/12/2011)
Great book, great man
the story reads like a historical thriller. What he tried to accomplish was magifigant and his love for the lord showed no bounds. Thoroughly enjoyed the book
Review by / (Posted on 7/2/2011)
GREAT book - must read!
This is an amazing biography of a great man of God! I have been very inspired by listening to this book - it's long, but well worth it. Bonhoeffer reminds us to go back to God's Word and the Cross as the essentials of Christianity. After listening I bought a hardcover to give to my dad-in-law.
Review by / (Posted on 10/26/2010)