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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, an abridged version of the groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.
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From the New York Times best-selling author, Eric Metaxas, an abridged version of the groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, a man who stood up to Hitler.

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a young pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer become one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer, and he was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

Bonhoeffer brings the reader face-to-face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully—even to the point of death. It 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.

Contributor(s) Eric Metaxas
About the Contributor(s) Eric Metaxas

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.

ISBN-10 0718016165
ISBN-13 9780718016166
Release Date Sep 30, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.5200
Height 8.38
Width 5.50
Length 256
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $16.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Todd
Overall Rating
Having heard much of Dietrich Bonhoeffer I was excited to get this book by Eric Metaxas and start reading it. After getting it, it took me a few days before starting to read it but as soon as I did, I couldn’t put it down, finishing the book in only 3 days. You might think 3 days is kind of slow but for me, it is fast. In Bonhoeffer Abridged, Eric Metaxas does a great job of painting a clear picture of this pastor and theologian as well as what inspired him to be the man he was.

The reader is drawn in and taken on a journey through the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. You learn about his family life and childhood and on to his life as a student and eventually a teacher and pastor. The life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is inspiring and motivating. His love for God and theology as well as his love for other people is revealed throughout this small glimpse into the life of one of the great thinkers in Christian history. This is not an all-encompassing biography of Bonhoeffer as you can perceive from the title, but a brief overview or summary of the more important parts of his life, the parts that truly reveal who he was. What is truly captivating about this book is the glance at what life was like for many Germans as Adolf Hitler was coming to power and throughout his reign through World War II. One amazing part of this book is the revelation of how Dietrich was involved in a plot to end Hitler’s reign by assassinating him to regain control of Germany from the Nazis. Throughout the book you get to read some of Bonhoeffer’s own words and thoughts as well as those who knew him well. “The man who died was engaged to be married. He was a pastor and a theologian. And he was executed for his role in the plot to assassinate Hitler. This is his story.” (p. xii) His is a story worth reading.

Bonhoeffer Abridged is definitely worth your time. Eric Metaxas does a splendid job of writing and sharing just exactly who this man was and why you should know him. I can definitely say after reading this book I am already looking forward to reading some of Dietrich’s own writing and getting to know this German man who was a theologian and a pastor.

“The religion of Christ is not a tidbit after one’s bread; on the contrary, it is the bread or it is nothing. People should at least understand and concede this if they call themselves Christian.” (p. 33)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
(Posted on 2/20/2015)
Review by jennifer
Overall Rating
I'm generally not a fan of abridged books, but I was very hopeful this book would be able to trim the less important details from the original version, while maintaining the heart of the story. Much as I loved the original, it did have a lot of extra details in the that I actually found a bit distracting and draining to the story. I did read some reviews describing the abridged version as choppy, but I found the original to also be choppy, so it did not dissuade me.

The abridged version takes the story from around 600 pages to 256. 214 pages of that make up the actual story, with notes following. Unfortunately, cutting that many pages was a bit too deep of a cut. The elements of the original story that I most wanted to share with my sons were the development of Bonhoeffer's faith while in America, Bonhoeffer's ecumenical views, and the description of how the Nazis were able to brainwash so many people and rise to power so quickly.

Bonhoeffer had a tremendous knowledge of scripture and theology before his trip to America, but he truly grasped the heart of a relationship with God while visiting "Negro churches" in America. The original portrayed it beautifully. The abridged version doesn't give it a full page and the relationship aspect is completely dropped. The discussion about his appreciation for the style of worship he encountered was the only bit that remained.

The original helped me see the process and propaganda involved in the rise of the Nazi party. The abridged was helpful, but it did seem to jump from a tiny fringe movement to a full on regime rather quickly.

The views of the churches and the struggle Bonhoeffer encountered in communicating with them and encouraging them toward solidarity actually seem to come through a bit more clearly in the abridged version. I do appreciate this part of the abridged book, but not enough to make up for the rest.

While Bonhoeffer's story is an excellent study, these two missing points are the main reason I wanted my boys to still read the original. We'll see if there's time. If there is no time for the original, this is still a fine, though not stellar, alternative. It is certainly beneficial and enjoyable. But if you have the time and option, I recommend the original Bonhoeffer.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. (Posted on 1/16/2015)
Review by jennifer
Overall Rating
I'm generally not a fan of abridged books, but I was very hopeful this book would be able to trim the less important details from the original version, while maintaining the heart of the story. Much as I loved the original, it did have a lot of extra details in the that I actually found a bit distracting and draining to the story. I did read some reviews describing the abridged version as choppy, but I found the original to also be choppy, so it did not dissuade me.

The abridged version takes the story from around 600 pages to 256. 214 pages of that make up the actual story, with notes following. Unfortunately, cutting that many pages was a bit too deep of a cut. The elements of the original story that I most wanted to share with my sons were the development of Bonhoeffer's faith while in America, Bonhoeffer's ecumenical views, and the description of how the Nazis were able to brainwash so many people and rise to power so quickly.

Bonhoeffer had a tremendous knowledge of scripture and theology before his trip to America, but he truly grasped the heart of a relationship with God while visiting "Negro churches" in America. The original portrayed it beautifully. The abridged version doesn't give it a full page and the relationship aspect is completely dropped. The discussion about his appreciation for the style of worship he encountered was the only bit that remained.

The original helped me see the process and propaganda involved in the rise of the Nazi party. The abridged was helpful, but it did seem to jump from a tiny fringe movement to a full on regime rather quickly.

The views of the churches and the struggle Bonhoeffer encountered in communicating with them and encouraging them toward solidarity actually seem to come through a bit more clearly in the abridged version. I do appreciate this part of the abridged book, but not enough to make up for the rest.

While Bonhoeffer's story is an excellent study, these two missing points are the main reason I wanted my boys to still read the original. We'll see if there's time. If there is no time for the original, this is still a fine, though not stellar, alternative. It is certainly beneficial and enjoyable. But if you have the time and option, I recommend the original Bonhoeffer.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. (Posted on 1/16/2015)
Review by Lisa
Overall Rating
This is a fascinating read about a good man. It reads more like a thriller than a biography and held my attention. A very good read for history lovers and admirers of Bonhoeffer. The only small problem I had was the author adding his opinions in certain areas but that didn't distract me from enjoying the story. (Posted on 11/6/2014)

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