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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy par [Metaxas, Eric]
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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 Year
  • 2011 Canterbury Medal by the Becket Fund recognizing courage in the defense of religious liberty
  • 2011 Christopher Award winner highlighting the power of faith, courage, and action

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

-Kirkus Reviews


Biographie de l'auteur

Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times bestseller Amazing Grace, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask), Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About God, and thirty children's books. He is founder and host of Socrates in the City in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Marks Hill Review, and First Things. He has written for VeggieTales and Rabbit Ears Productions, earning three Grammy nominations for Best Children's Recording.

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19 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent biography about a truly great man... 21 août 2013
Par Unprofessional Techie - Publié sur
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I had heard of Bonhoeffer prior to reading this book, and I had some basic knowledge of his theological beliefs and of the fact that he had participated in a plot to assassinate Hitler. I thought that was probably all I needed to know about the man, so I was hesitant when a former college professor (an old friend of many years) recommended this biography as a must-read. I probably would not have read it but for that recommendation, but I'm definitely glad I did: There is much more to Bonhoeffer than I had previously suspected, and the details of his life and theology are well worth exploring.

Metaxas does an excellent job detailing the Bonhoeffer family history (and the family's legacy). The explanation of Bonhoeffer's theology and its evolution over the course of Bonhoeffer's life is thorough and substantive, but not so complex that one needs a philosophy/theology/seminary degree to comprehend it. Metaxas frequently offers insightful analysis regarding how Bonhoeffer's theology affected Bonhoeffer's life and the choices Bonhoeffer made. Over all, the biography is very well written and thorough.

Fair warning to less-academically-inclined readers: The book is 622 pages because of the depth and detail with which Metaxas biographizes Bonhoeffer's life. The book drags on in some chapters to the point of putting one to sleep. If you are not interested in this depth of detail, consider reading Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness (also by Eric Metaxas), which explores the most important aspects of Bonhoeffer's life and theology (as well as the lives and philosophies/theologies of 6 other great historical icons); if you want to know more about Bonhoeffer after reading that book (and you very well may), you can always come back to this biography.

Update: As of 8/24/13, the Kindle version of this book is on sale for $1.99. At that price, everyone should buy it! Particularly if you spend a long time in transit, try the Whispersync for Voice with the Audible version of this book. Also, the ability to Whispersync to the same page you're reading to have a difficult-to-pronounce name or German-language passage narrated is pretty cool.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Biography 13 avril 2010
Par J Bird - Publié sur
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On the morning of April 9, 1945, German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed at Flossenburg concentration camp. The camp doctor, H. Fischer-Hullstrung, later remembered:

[Just before the execution] "I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer kneeling on the floor, praying fervently to certain that God heard his prayer...I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God."

Others testified that, up to his last day, the 39 year old Bonhoeffer remained cheerful. He knew what he had to do, was reconciled to God's will, and was able to climb the steps to the gallows "brave and composed."

Who was this man who died so bravely--who Hitler himself, from his bunker beneath Berlin just three weeks before his suicide, ordered to be "destroyed?" He's the subject of best-selling author Eric Metaxas's new biography, "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy."

Shortly after his conversion in 1988, Metaxas read Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship and learned the story of the young man who, "because of his Christian faith stood up to the Nazis and ultimately gave his life." From then on, he was determined to tell the story to others. And tell it he has.

Metaxas takes readers, in 592 pages, through Bonhoeffer's entire life, from his parent's courtship to his memorial service. No corner of the subject's life is left unexplored. Through the author's use of Bonhoeffer's personal letters to family and friends, earlier biographies, interviews with those who knew Bonhoeffer, and other thorough research, readers get a comprehensive and balanced look into one of recent history's greatest theologians.

Appropriately, Metaxas emphasizes Bonhoeffer's theology and how it played out in his life. In contrast to "cheap grace," Bonhoeffer believed that true grace influences all aspects of a Christian's life. Christianity is more than formal religion, and it requires believers to be willing to sacrifice everything to God. Christianity is also more than legalistic morality. Ethics, according to Bonhoeffer, can't be reduced to a set of rules. These beliefs are what led this humble and devout follower of Christ to be involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler.

How Christianity and assassination plots can be reconciled is hard for many to fathom--especially those who have lived only in peace and safety. We must consider Bonhoeffer in the context of his life, his country, and the war that he had no choice but to be a part of. Ethics, once so clear, become unclear. Do we lie to the Nazis, or do we give them information that leads to the deaths of innocents? Do we obey our nation's laws, or do we defy them by leading Jews into safety? Do we fight in Hitler's army, or do we refuse, knowing that we will be beheaded and leave our family destitute? These are some of the questions Bonhoeffer faced.

But readers can sympathize with Bonhoeffer. Metaxas masterfully puts us in his world. We celebrate with him in his family's parlor. We study with him in his illegal seminary. We watch with him as his world unravels. And we see him agonize over decisions, decisions that are not so clear, and decisions that he often had to make without the support of others.

Metaxas's "Bonhoeffer" will be one of the best books of the year. I've learned, as expected, much about the life of a great and inspiring Christian. But I've also learned about the world, sin and evil, what it really means to be a Christian, and what it really means to live. There are a few books that, years after I have read them, I realize have had a great influence on me. This will be one of them. You can't go wrong with this book; I give it my highest recommendation.

I received a free review copy of this book through the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze program.
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Over his dead body ... would not let the Evil of Nazism triumph!!! 11 juillet 2016
Par Book Glutton - Publié sur
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It is attributed to Edmund Burke, in a letter addressed to Thomas Mercer, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Bonhoeffer was a man who could not let evil triumph. He was a pastor and disciple of Jesus, who said to the crowd and his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me" (Mk 8:34). The subject of this book was the author of The Cost of Discipleship in which he expresses this well. To open it and read the Forward is enough to scare anyone. It begins, "'WHEN CHRIST calls a man, he bids him come and die.' There are different kinds of dying, it is true; but the essence of discipleship is contained in those words. "Yet, he lived this. These words come from the mouth and pen of a man who, defiant of the Gestapo, the Secret State Police, eventually suffered martyrdom in Nazi Germany. Having had the opportunity to escape the consequences of Nazism, especially for clergy, he took refuge in Harlem, NY where his faith was soon to become on fire! Following Christ brought the Gospel to life for him. Following Christ would again soon bring him life, this time it was to come through death. Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler and to help to plot the Fuhrer's assassination. This is the story of this man of incredible moral courage told by Metaxas in a way that does not disappoint. Personally, I find the timing of this review so significant since it is two days after the recognition of Josef Mayr-Nusser, an Italian layman, by Pope Francis as a martyr on July 8. He too paid the Cost of Discipleship, killed for refusing to swear an oath to Hitler during the Second World War.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Uneven but worthwhile recount of a brilliant theologian in wartime Germany 18 avril 2013
Par Digital Rights - Publié sur
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Eric Metaxas' biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer attempts three objectives; to explain the life of Bonhoeffer and position him as an inspiring, brilliant and heroic theologian opposing the National Socialists and Hitler, to explain the originality of Bonhoeffer's theological views and chart their evolution and to recount the events surrounding the main efforts to overthrow or assassinate Hitler of which Bonhoeffer participated.

Generally the book succeeds in its three goals. There is plenty of evidence provided on Bonhoeffer's good works and nature; on his religious beliefs as guiding lights to live by and its contretemps of the times and the drama of coup attempts provide a needed narrative that keeps the book moving.

The books is very informative. The early parts outline Bonhoeffer's two initial conflicts first between science and religion as his family was well established in both fields and then within religion whether to be swayed or persuaded by the liberal views of Adolf von Harnack or the more conservative but newer views of Karl Barth. This was a rewarding introduction to leading theologists of the time.

Unfortunately the book then moved into a much drier less interesting phase where Bonheoffer's life is recounted. Metaxas relies heavily on quoting long passages from Bonhoeffer's letters, sermons along with letters from his family and friends to describe Bonhoeffer or recount specific situations. The problem with this is the change from Metaxas's dramatic modern writing style to the more dated passages is jarring. Towards the end he tests a reader's patience when he quotes the entire Sermon on the Mount and the entire eulogy at Bonhoeffer's memorial mass.

A large body of the book is dedicated to the mid 1930's where Bonhoeffer is working to create a new church, the Confessing Church. This was quite informative and again interesting to understand how the German Lutheran Church is much more aligned with the State than anything we have in the US. As such the efforts by Hitler to corral and manipulate the church and how this lead to increasing his following are important to understanding how he enjoyed such broad support for so long. Equally illuminating are the religious backgrounds on Goring, Hitler, Borman and others that were not only anti Christian but appeared to find value in pagan ceremonies; far from what I had come to understand.

But this section runs longer than I would have liked and ultimately the story focuses on the 1944 attempt on Hitler. While Bonhoeffer is connected to the conspiracy his role is quite tangential. The efforts taken on by the conspirators is gripping but one is left a bit empty by not only their failure but the baffling inability to act sooner despite their clear anger and distaste with the Nazi regime. Metaxas is somewhat easy on them explaining the need to both eliminate Hitler and to organize a force to fully assume power at the same time. But given how much these men knew (including Bonhoeffer) about the concentration camps and atrocities in Poland is does seem odd that they would not have tried more desperately and sooner.

In the end my interest was drifting towards other members of the resistance who appeared to make more effort, take more risk and suffer greatly for it such as Martin Niemöller or Hans von Dohnányi.

For a Germany after the war Bonhoeffer must have represented a very important figure of goodness, enlightenment and deeper spirituality at a time of overpowering need. His writings, actions and grace were enormous contributions that inspire and justify recognition to the current day and this biography brings all of that to light.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Required reading for everyone. 4 avril 2016
Par Joan - Publié sur
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This is a very enlightening historic story. So many people think Hitler popped up like a mushroom, fully formed and a murderous psychopath and wonder how the Germans could have given him power. The truth, seen through the eyes of this good and noble man, is far more subtle. The Germans were mad as hell and Hitler fed into that anger and convinced the Germans that their enemies would pay for all their troubles. Certainly sounds like America in this ridiculous election season. Only the Godly and pure of spirit like Bonhoeffer, actually saw what was happening because he was firmly rooted in his family and his God. I only pray that the United States has its own Bonhoeffer, that will stand up, when noone else will. Every human needs to read this book.
About the writing: It is NOT a dry history book, it is a fascinating story that truly allows you to understand this man. I find it difficult to put down.
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