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Bonhoeffer

Well, I finally finished reading Bonhoeffer. It is a long book, but it didn’t feel long. Eric Metaxas did a wonderful job of giving it flow and of course, Bonhoeffer’s life itself kept me turning the pages. I was equally enlightened and challenged in my faith and my call to interact with my world around me, as a believer.
I had known of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for a long time, but only by name and that he had something to do with standing strong, for Christ, in the face of the Third Reich. What I did not know or understand was the way he first stood for Christ within the church. Bonhoeffer was indeed a prophet warning the church against the influence of the evil one who was using the new German government for a direct attack on the church and on God’s chosen people.

Bonhoeffer stood up for the church against the attacks on the Bible. He stood for the Jews as they were first banned from the German church, as they were dismissed from positions of leadership in Germany and as they were ultimately sentenced to genocide. Bonhoeffer was a warrior of Biblical proportions not unlike, Joshua or Caleb, Gideon or David, as he participated in the dangerous plot to assassinate Hitler.

If you’ve never read a biography of a faithful Christ follower, you should. I’ve only read a handful of biographies, but I haven’t regretted the time spent with any of them. And Bonhoeffer has moved to the top of that list!

Next Read – Bonhoeffer

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Finally finished JESUS MANIFESTO and it was worth taking my time. So full of words that point the soul in the direction of Jesus Christ. As a worship leader, I long to point to Jesus week after week – more so now, after reading this book, than ever.
Interesting that in this book were several great quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I’ve also read some quotes from him, which people have posted on twitter. It’s interesting because I had already decided that the next book I would read would be BONHOEFFER – Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas.
You readers and/or movie goers may remember the story of William Wilberforce and the Movie – Amazing Grace, several years back. Metaxas first crack at a biography was Wilberforce and in his second effort he has picked a great man of God to study. I can’t wait to get started!
It’s going to take time to get through the 542 pages, but I imagine Bonhoeffer’s unique life at the heart of the empire of evil that was Nazi Germany would take time to tell. If you’ve read this book or any by Metaxas post in the comments and encourage me and others to enjoy BONHOEFFER – Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. If you haven’t, pick it up and start reading with me.

 

I think it was Billy Graham who said that every believer should always be reading 3 books – The Bible, The Hymnal, and the Biography of a Christ Follower.

Added 5/3/11 I read this morning that Bonhoeffer just won the Overall 2011 book of the year from ECPA.