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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Hardcover)

By Eric Metaxas

Publication Date: August 30, 2011

Book Description

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. In this New York Times bestselling 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.

Editorial Reviews

"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.” – 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

About the Author

Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy," named 2011 Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. His other books include "No Pressure, Mr. President!" and "Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving" (with Shannon Stirnweis). Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., an event attended by the president and first lady, the vice president, members of Congress and other U.S. and world leaders. He is currently the voice of "BreakPoint," the radio commentary previously hosted by the late Chuck Colson, and before that he wrote for both The New York Times and “Veggie Tales.”

Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595552464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595552464

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