Saturday, September 03, 2011

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

How blessed was I to have the chance to review this anointed work by author Eric Metaxas!  The New York Times best-selling author of Amazing Grace has once again delivered a book that helps one better understand how evil can take hold of a nation yet how one person can stand up for righteousness. I am a passionate student of everything Bonhoeffer. I digested this 544 page book in quick order.

One cannot read this book without also reading the Foreword by Timothy J. Keller and the Prologue which introduced the context of WWII as it related to those loved and best knew Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As the subtitled Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy so aptly gave this man several hats, the Prologue segues the reader into a well laid foundation for Dietrich Bonhoeffer the child into the man with all of the hats the subtitle awarded him.

I found it fascinating that Dietrich's mother home schooled her children and had a liberal slant in regard to faith. Dietrich grew into a faithful follower of Jesus Christ after his travels brought him to realize who God was and how the face of evil belonged to the enemy of God.

A nice touch were the photos in two sections of the book. There were several photos of Adolph Hitler and the Holocaust Museum. A copy of his handwritten poem Who Am I was also included. Here is a link to it. It is too special not to share in this review. Hear it below with text.

The biggest takeaway for me after I digested Bonhoeffer was my increased ability to relate to him. Clearly, his love for God allowed me to understand his passion to fight evil at all costs. He loved God and sought to serve Him and only Him. He became a martyr because he did not back down in the face of evil. This book inspired me to keep serving God despite persecution on a small or very large scale.

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