The runaway New York Times bestseller, revised and with a new introduction from the author.
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 his blockbuster New York Times bestselling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoefferâ€™s lifeâ€”the theologian and the spyâ€”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 Bonhoefferâ€™s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitlerâ€™s Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoefferâ€™s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in â€œOperation 7,â€ the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documents?including personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accounts?to reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.
Includes Readersâ€™ Guide
â€œ[A] beautifully constructed biography.â€ â€”Alan Wolfe, The New Republic
â€œMetaxas tells Bonhoefferâ€™s story with passion and theological sophistication.â€ â€”Wall Street Journal
â€œ[A] weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.â€ â€”Publishers Weekly
â€œMetaxas presents Bonhoeffer as a clear-headed, deeply convicted Christian who submitted to no one and nothing except God and his Word.â€ â€”Christianity Today
â€œMetaxas 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.â€ â€”Thomas Fleming, author, The New Dealersâ€™ War
â€œMetaxas has created a biography of uncommon powerâ€”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. Itâ€™s that good.â€ â€”Archbishop Charles Chaput, First Things
"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century." â€”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