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Author: Eric Metaxas Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 ISBN: 9781400221226
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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.

WHO BETTER TO FACE THE GREATEST EVIL OF THE 20TH CENTURY THAN A HUMBLE MAN OF FAITH?

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, known as much for such spiritual classics as The cost of Discipleship and Life Together, as for his 1945 execution in a concentration camp for his part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

In the first major biography of Bonhoeffer in forty years, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer's life?the theologian and the spy?to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents?including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts?to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.

In Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy?A Righteous Gentiel vs the Third Reich, Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer's heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safe haven of America for Hitler's Germany, and using extended excerpts from love letters and coded messages written to and from Bonhoeffer's Cell 92, Metaxas tells for the first time the full story of Bonhoeffer's passionate and tragic romance.

Readers will discover fresh insights and revelations about his life-changing months at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and about his radical position on why Christians are obliged to stand up for the Jews. Metaxas also sheds new light on Bonhoeffer's reaction to Kristallnacht, his involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in "Operation 7," the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.

Bonhoeffer gives witness to one man's extraordinary faith and to the tortured fate of the nation he sought to deliver from the curse of Nazism. It brings the reader face to face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully?even to the point of death. Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.


"Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology." ?Publishers Weekly

"[A] massive and masterful new biography." ?Christianity Today

"Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication." ?Wall Street Journal

"Metaxas magnificently captures the life of theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer . . . A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st Century." ?Kirkus

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renah | 2/13/2014

    " Wow. I was really impressed by this book. Both an engrossing story about a fascinating and complex man, and a clear and convicting challenge to live in faith-- not just "for something that matters" but wholly committed to God and in obedience to whatever his call might be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/11/2014

    " My current audio--should be required reading for ALL Christians today. Scary parallels to today's world in this book......... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 2/10/2014

    " Great book. Pacing was a bit slow at times, but that's expected with a biography. There's something in this book for everyone. If anything, Bonhoeffer shows that Christians need to have a healthy, Biblical interest and understanding of politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 2/1/2014

    " The Lutheran Shindler, some called him. Inspiring true story from NAZI Germany and the sacrifice one man made because of his deep faith and beliefs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/30/2014

    " Couldn't put it down, is resulting in somber personal reflection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/20/2014

    " Supremely long but every page is so worth it! Really takes you into the life of a man who not only trusted in the gospel but lived out the gospel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 1/10/2014

    " I am still in the process of reading this book, but have taken a turn for a while and finished LAST IN TOWER and am now in the midst of GREAT EXPECTATIONS. I will return to Bonhoeffer in a few days. I still feel it is a very interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/6/2014

    " Wonderful! So many great quotes and nuggets to study on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 12/24/2013

    " I loved this book. It was a fascinating look at an incredible man. I learned a lot about the German perspective on the world wars, and I was convicted by this man's desire to live out his life before God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/18/2013

    " A powerful story about an incredible life (and death) but a dry sometimes difficult read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/6/2013

    " Amazing... Humbling... Will shake your foundations... Did mine . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Igor | 11/2/2013

    " This Is a remarkable work. Eric Metaxas has put together this book like a jigsaw puzzle from the bits and pieces from other books. Bonhoeffer has lived a remarkable life, and this biography is one I will think of often and pick it up again in the years to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 10/28/2013

    " What a wonderful, inspiritual book. I found myself in tears several times as I saw what he and others went through and then comparing his devotion to God to my personal walk with God. It would have been an honor to meet him face to face and one day I will:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 10/20/2013

    " Amazing! An absolute must read. He led an extrodinary life. It also allowed such insight to life of Germans during WWII "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russel | 10/19/2013

    " Great biography of a servant for Christ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 6/4/2013

    " Best book on Bonhoeffer that I have read to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/2/2013

    " Reads like a novel. Fast paced and stirring look at bonhoeffer's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 3/16/2013

    " Pretty heavy reading, but able to she'd light on Hitler Germany and the Church's failure to oppose Hitler. Get a better understanding of one of the 20th century's best theologians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 12/8/2012

    " Hard book to read... heavy history, profound theology. The man's faith in God is powerful...but story is one more tale of Hilter and absolute Evil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 8/29/2012

    " I understood how difficult Bonhoeffer's choices were after reading this book. His quotes are a bit dense and take time to think about, but it's worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 12/11/2011

    " This is a really excellent book. It gives real insight into the life of Bonhoeffer and reveals his spirit. Also, an excellent history lesson is woven into the narrative. So the book reveals the extraordinary faithful and courageous person against the backdrop of the evil that was Nazi Germany. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 9/20/2011

    " Deep, deep, deep. Good information but the book does not move. I found the book informative but not an easy read. Reports on a sad time in world history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 6/26/2011

    " Very well written book. It seems so fitting for a time like ours. Bonhoeffer leaves us an example of how we are to live out our Christian faith in a time of extreme evil. It's a long read but worth the time spent. It encourages me to read his writings and who others have written about him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 5/28/2011

    " It would be virtually impossible to write a better bio of Bonhoeffer than does Mataxes. Being a long time follower of B., I appreciate this book even more than Ray Monk's brilliant bio. of Wittgenstein, 'The Duty of Genius." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/10/2011

    " One should not pay attention to the fads and prejudices of current culture and thought. Bonhoeffer did not. He constantly tried to figure out what was right and what was wrong based on biblical principals. We need to do more of that today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 5/10/2011

    " Wonderful look at a very important Theologian at a critical point in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/4/2011

    " I Agree with all the 5 star reviewers. Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy AND hero. Don't miss Metaxas' Acknowledgments. He had me from his first sentence. " It was the summer of 1988- that glorious season of my spiritual nativity." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dostalik | 5/3/2011

    " This was one of the most eddifying books I ever have read. He truly loved the Lord in all he thought, said and did. Germany is a better place because of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summisse | 5/1/2011

    " Well written, spell binding, well-documented! Bonhoeffer is the best biography I have ever read. It won EPCA Book of the Year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 4/28/2011

    " This is one of the best biographies I have ever read. He is an inspirational Christian. I have learned much about living an authentic Christian life from the way this man lived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/25/2011

    " This was an excellent read and so educational. A must read for every Lutheran! It spawned a craving for books about the that era. "

About the Author

Eric Metaxas is a New York Times bestselling author whose biographies, children’s books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into multiple languages around the world. He was awarded the Canterbury Medal in 2011 by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. He has been a frequent cultural commentator on CNN and the Fox News Channel and has been featured on many radio programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.