In April 1933 Hitler's "Aryan Paragraph," a law banning Jews from working within the German government, went into effect. Since German churches relied on support from the state, most complied by dismissing their pastors and any employees of Jewish decent. Deitrich Bonhoeffer's faith, however, compelled him to defy Hitler and speak out against him. Within days of the implementation of the new law, Bonhoeffer published an essay titled "The Church and the Jewish Question" that asserted Christians have an obligation to help victims of the state, even if they were not of the Christian faith. His convictions drove him to stand up to a regime that few dared.
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich is a detailed account of this complex person. In addition to being an outspoken Lutheran theologian, Bonhoeffer became a double-agent, spying on the enemy and pretending to be in subjection to the regime, all the while gathering information that would be used in an assassination attempt on Hitler.
Bonhoeffer's understanding of his faith required more of him than adhering to a personal moral code and a life of non-violence. His rejection of Hitler's philosophy was unique for a loyal German, especially a religious man. This audiobook contains never-before-revealed facts about his intriguing saga.
Eric Metaxas is a well-known American biographer. In addition to Bonhoeffer, he wrote Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. His other works include children's books and television scripts, including Veggie Tales and Strawberry Shortcake. Bonhoeffer's works have won awards and attracted accolades, including the 2010 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's "Christian Book of the Year" Award.
Metaxas is also known as an effective commentator, narrator and debater. He's commentated for CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. Additionally, he's been featured on NPR and The History Channel, and has debated at the Oxford Union, the nation's oldest debating society.
Mataxas resides in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
This New York Times bestseller is the 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.
As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author. Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together, presenting the fullest account of Bonhoeffer’s life written to date. He tells of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot, as well as “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. Since his death in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century. This fascinating account uncovers never-before-revealed facts about the profoundly orthodox Christian theologian, including the story of his passionate romance. Download and start listening now!