By Eric Metaxas
Publication Date: December 25, 2012
America's Bonhoeffer moment is here.
There is a difference between real faith in God and mere religion. There is a kind of religion that is lifeless and is the bitter enemy of true faith. Think of Dietrich BonhoefferÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìàs prophetic attempts to waken the sleeping German church, often an unwitting ally of Hitler and the Third Reich. Or of William WilberforceÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìàs heroic efforts to rouse his complacent ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇChristianÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« countrymen to stand against the monstrous evil of the slave trade. Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce stood against the evil of their times ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´åå an evil often repackaged in religious-sounding language.
Eric MetaxasÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà electrifying message ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´åå delivered before the president and dozens of national leaders at the 60th Annual National Prayer Breakfast ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´åå calls readers to follow in the steps of Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer, men who lived their faith and swam against the mainstream instead of drifting along with it. Metaxas makes it clear that phony religiosity offends God himself ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´åå and that real prayer is possible only with a living faith in a living God. And that kind of faith can transform the world. No pressure.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇI recommend this book and then watching the video of his speech. You will enjoy Metaxas's humor and his heart-felt challenge to follow Christ and stand up to make a difference! The behind the scenes stories of his interaction with the President and Vice President were also very enjoyable.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´åå D.H. Sheppard, Castle Rock, Colo.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇMr. Metaxas is bold in his telling of our need to take things into account and live accordingly -- he even puts our President's feet to the fire. Worth the read for its content, but its prose is a pleasure.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´åå AMC
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇEric Metaxas is a humorous, transparent, and cogent presenter of the difference between dead religion and biblical Christianity. He honestly tells his own story, troubles and all, of how he came to know Christ personally ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__ He respectfully, but humorously, jokes with President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast where this talk was given.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´åå Paul Olmstead, Portland, Maine
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇGod Bless Eric Metaxas for his insightful commentary, for his humor, and for his strength of conviction.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´åå Sarah G. Alcock, Phoenix, Ariz.
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.
- Hardcover: 72 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400276012
- ISBN-13: 978-1400276011
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