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By Eric Metaxas

WHO higher to stand the best EVIL OF the twentieth CENTURY THAN A HUMBLE guy OF FAITH?

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a state, bullied a continent, and tried to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small variety of dissidents and saboteurs labored to dismantle the 3rd Reich from the interior. the sort of used to be Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and writer. during this New York occasions best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes either strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and attracts them jointly to inform a searing tale of marvelous ethical braveness within the face of immense evil. Metaxas offers the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching choice to go away the shelter of the United States to come to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new mild on Bonhoeffer’s involvement within the well-known Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the hassle to smuggle Jews into impartial Switzerland. In a deeply relocating narrative, Metaxas makes use of formerly unavailable documents?including own letters, distinct magazine entries, and firsthand own accounts?to show dimensions of Bonhoeffer's existence and theology by no means ahead of seen.

"Bonhoeffer is the tale of a existence framed via a fondness for fact and a dedication to justice on behalf of these who face implacable evil.  comprises Readers’ consultant  “[A] fantastically built biography.”

—Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

 “Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s tale with ardour and theological sophistication. . . .”

Wall highway Journal

“[A] weighty, riveting research of the lifetime of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. . . .”

Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas offers Bonhoeffer as a clear-headed, deeply convicted Christian who submitted to nobody and not anything other than God and his Word.”

Christianity Today

“Metaxas has written a publication that provides a brand new measurement to international battle II, a brand new knowing of ways evil can grab the soul of a country and a guy of religion can confront it. . . .”

—Thomas Fleming, writer, The New purchasers’ War

“Metaxas has created a biography of unusual power—intelligent, relocating, good researched,vividly written, and wealthy in implication for our personal lives. Or to place it differently: purchase this publication. learn it. Then purchase one other replica and provides it to somebody you're keen on. It’s that good.”

—Archbishop Charles Chaput, First Things

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the twenty first century."

Kirkus Reviews

  • 2011 ECPA booklet of the Year
  • 2011 Canterbury Medal by way of the Becket Fund spotting braveness within the safeguard of spiritual liberty
  • 2011 Christopher Award winner highlighting the facility of religion, braveness, and action

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the twenty first century."

-Kirkus Reviews


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