From the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Amazing Grace” comes a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, a man who stood up to Hitler and the monstrous evil that was Nazism. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp.
I was surprised to find out that not many people had heard of Bonhoeffer before. I had known his name from a radio drama series put out by Focus on the Family, but had not realized just how involved he was in the resistance against the Nazis.
As with Amazing Grace, Metaxas details the life of a radical Christian. His writing is engaging and really pulls you into Bonhoeffer’s life. I don’t read a lot of biographies, so the fact that this long book held my attention says a lot. Metaxas doesn’t shy away from addressing theological issues that arise and giving Bonhoeffer’s reasoning behind his actions as a double agent and during the assassination attempt. God’s hand can be seen throughout Bonhoeffer’s life, directing it where He wanted it to go. Bonhoeffer is a hero of the Christian faith and this book is definitely worth reading.
The Not so Good:
As I said before, I don’t read a lot of biographies, so I found some of the more technical chapters hard to get through. However, it was worth the effort.