Bonhoeffer - Eric Metaxas


By Eric Metaxas

  • Release Date: 2011-08-29
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 128 Ratings



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. In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting 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 and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. 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.

"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.  Includes Readers’ Guide  “[A] beautifully constructed biography.”

—Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

 “Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s story with passion and theological sophistication. . . .”

—Wall Street Journal

“[A] weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. . . .”

—Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas presents Bonhoeffer as a clear-headed, deeply convicted Christian who submitted to no one and nothing except God and his Word.”

—Christianity Today

“Metaxas has written a book that adds a new dimension to World War II, a new understanding of how evil can seize the soul of a nation and a man of faith can confront it. . . .”

—Thomas Fleming, author, The New Dealers’ War

“Metaxas has created a biography of uncommon power—intelligent, moving, well researched,vividly written, and rich in implication for our own lives. Or to put it another way: Buy this book. Read it. Then buy another copy and give it to a person you love. It’s that good.”

—Archbishop Charles Chaput, First Things

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

—Kirkus Reviews
2011 ECPA Book of the Year2011 Canterbury Medal by the Becket Fund recognizing courage in the defense of religious liberty2011 Christopher Award winner highlighting the power of faith, courage, and action
"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."

-Kirkus Reviews


  • Wrong language

    By Servant Glenn
    Purchased and downloaded to my iPhone 7 Plus and found it written in a foreign language. What are my options for exchanging this version for an American English translation, like the dozens of other iBooks I have successfully downloaded?
  • True selfless human being

    By Gregdog24
    A must read, if you wish learn about faith.
  • Must read!

    By Amac5280
    Excellent book about an amazing life! In today's world of shallow celebrity, (more people probably know who Kim Kardashian is than Bonhoeffer), it's nourishment for the soul to read about a life lived with courage and purpose and in deliberate obedience to God.
  • Worth the time

    By Plengym
    Exhaustively detailed, this is worth all the time you will devote to reading.
  • Bonhoeffer - Changer of Men

    By St3vieB
    This book is a life changer. Many Christians go around thinking that their walk with Jesus is going good; but the passion, the grace, the devotion, the discipline, the LOVE of Detreich Bonhoeffer eminating out of these pages toward God and people is unsurpassed. He did what the Word of God says, he did what he preached, he loved people unconditionally, even in the worst imaginable conditions. Even to the unbeliever of Christ, this book will change your life forever, as it had mine.
  • Bonhoeffer

    By Jim Habern
    An outstanding book of work. Meticulously researched and mesmerizing. What an amazing man.