Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint on Bonhoeffer

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 07/25/10 under Blog

chuck_colson_0923Today’s Breakpoint w/Chuck Colson is on Bonhoeffer.  To hear Chuck, click here.  For the podcast, click here.   To read a chapter of Bonhoeffer, click here.

For the Catholic News Agency interview, click here!

To listen to a chapter of Bonhoeffer, click here!

Bonhoeffer Reviews

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 06/16/10 under Blurbs

Praise for BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy — A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

“In this weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas (Amazing Grace) offers a comprehensive review of one of history’s darkest eras, along with a fascinating exploration of the familial, cultural and religious influences that formed one of the world’s greatest contemporary theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous research to unpack the confluence of circumstances and personalities that led Germany from the defeat of WWI to the atrocities of WWII. …. Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology.” – Publishers Weekly

“A welcome new biography of one of the 20th century’s leading lights. Metaxas magnificently captures the life of theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), who “thought it the plain duty of the Christian-and the privilege and honor-to suffer with those who suffered.” In the finest treatment of the man since Eberhard Bethge’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Man of Vision, Man of Courage (1970), Metaxas presents a complete, accessible picture of this important figure, whose story is inspiring, instructive and international in scope. …Metaxas rightly focuses on his subject’s life, not his theology, though readers will learn plenty about his theology as well. The author makes liberal use of primary sources, which bring Bonhoeffer and other characters to vivid life. For the most part, Metaxas allows this epic story to play itself out, unhindered by commentary; where he does add his own voice, the conclusions are sage. A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A modern classic…” — Dennis Prager, radio host & author

“Moving, comprehensive, and engaging…  Metaxas tells a compelling story… Recommended.” — Library Journal

“Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s story with passion and theological sophistication, often challenging revisionist accounts that make Bonhoeffer out to be a ‘humanist’ or ethicist for whom religious doctrine was easily disposable…Metaxas reminds us that there are forms of religion—respectable, domesticated, timid—that may end up doing the devil’s work for him.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer has at last found the writer he deserves. Eric Metaxas 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 — and transform defeat into victory,  lies into transcendent truth. No one who cares about the history of the modern world can afford to ignore this book.”
– Thomas Fleming, The New Dealers’ War: FDR and the War Within World War II

“Eric Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer is the biography for this generation. A masterpiece that reads like a great novel and weaves together in one opus an understanding of Bonhoeffer’s theology, the complex and tragic history of 20th century Germany, and the human struggle of a true Christian hero. Eric Metaxas is claiming his place as the preeminent biographer of Christianity’s most courageous figures.”
Martin Doblmeier, Filmmaker, BONHOEFFER

“A stunning achievement recounting Bonhoeffer’s life with lucidity, historical detail, and a concretely contextualized handling of Bonhoeffer’s often misunderstood theological legacy. …Metaxas masterfully distills Bonhoeffer’s eventful and complex life into a true narrative biography that is comprehensive and vivid without being overwhelming.”  –

“Get this book if you can!”  —

‘Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer will be regarded as one of the best books of the year. There are a few books that, years after I have read them, I realize have had a great influence on me. This is sure to be one of them. You can’t go wrong with this book; I give it my highest recommendation.” –While We

“Metaxas is a graceful writer with a sure grasp of his subject matter.” — The Internet Review of Books

“Metaxas’ book has done more to promote Bonhoeffer’s life and theology than any other single volume.”–

“Clearly the definitive work [on Bonhoeffer]… One of the great biographies I’ve ever read.” – Chuck Colson

“A decade ago, Christianity Today published a list of the ten best religious books of the 20th century. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship came in second, behind only C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity—a measure of Bonhoeffer’s standing among contemporary Christians, and evangelicals in particular. And yet until now, American readers have lacked an account of Bonhoeffer’s life that is both thorough and engagingly readable, a book that captures the full sweep of his remarkable story and highlights its meaning for us today. In Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas has given us just such a book…  Riveting… a welcome and significant contribution. Metaxas keeps a firm grasp on the scholarly consensus while holding the reader’s attention from the first page to the last, and his book will serve as a gateway for many people to a much fuller understanding of Bonhoeffer.  — BOOKS & CULTURE

“The first major biography of Bonhoeffer in more than 40 years, bringing together newly available documents and a fresh outlook into the many facets of Bonhoeffer’s life. Both theologian and spy, Bonhoeffer’s life is brilliantly documented and aspects of his faith in the light of great struggle are examined. An invigorating and informative book, Eric Metaxas writes an incredible biography of a massively influential character that is sure to impress and enlighten readers.” – The Church of England Newspaper
“Biographies matter because they teach us through the lives of others.  Done well, they inform and entertain.  Done very well, they can inspire.  And sometimes, at the hands of an author of real passion and talent, they can change the way we think about ourselves and our times.  Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, is just such a book.  Eric Metaxas has created a biography of uncommon power – 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.  It’s that good. … Eric Metaxas has written the kind of extraordinary book that not only brings Dietrich Bonhoeffer, his times and his witness vividly alive, but also leaves us yearning to find the same moral character in ourselves.  No biographer can achieve anything higher.  – Archbishop Charles Chaput in First Things

“A powerful story beautifully told about a man who didn’t just write about the cost of discipleship but lived it. Deeply moving.”  – Dr. Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University

“[D]efinitive and incredibly detailed… a powerful, powerful book… Highly recommended!”  — Gov. Mike Huckabee

“One of the finest and most moving biographies I have ever read.  Eric Metaxas responds to a great life with a great book.” — Cal Thomas, America’s #1 nationally syndicated columnist

“For anyone whose faith has been strengthened by the life and witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, this is the biography you have always wanted. Eric Metaxas has written a rich, detailed, and beautiful account of the great pastor and theologian who gave us The Cost of Discipleship and sacrificed his life for opposing Hitler. Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer is a monumental achievement and a deeply important work.”
Greg Thornbury, PhD, Dean, School of Christian Studies at Union University

“With great skill, energy, and warmth, Metaxas reminds us why the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands as a rebuke both to believers and skeptics. Rarely has the story of a Christian martyr been told with such realism and depth. It’s a gem of a book.”   — Joseph Loconte, Lecturer in Politics, The King’s College, New York City; Editor of The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm

Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy is a modern-day classic that should be on “best of” lists for the decade…  – Relevant Magazine

“[A]n electrifying account of one man’s stand against tyranny.” – Human Events

Spectacular Piece at

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 04/09/10 under Blog Media Press Reviews

51qMfyUeZBL._SS500_Lauren Green has written a SPECTACULAR piece on Bonhoeffer and my new book for  To read it, please click here. And please share this with your friends!

And now… the song!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 12/17/08 under Blog


I’m talking about the lullabye that Sally Taylor — daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon — wrote to go along with my children’s book, It’s Time to Sleep, My Love? It’s gorgeous.

And now you can listen to it yourselves! HERE IT IS!

. When I wrote the poem/lullabye/book thirteen years ago the voice that I kept hearing in my head singing it was always that of James Taylor. Or Carly Simon. And in a way both of them are now singing the song — and with one voice! Sally Taylor’s voice and phrasing and talents clearly bring her parents to mind, as you can hear for yourself. Of course Sally’s now a mother herself — of one-year-old Bodhi! He turned one the same week as the book came out, in early October! It’s rather obvious that she’s singing the song to him…

If you’d like a copy of the book or the audio cd, you can still order both of them in time for Christmas via the book links on this site. I’m biased, but I do think it makes a great present. Nancy Tillman’s illustrations are amazing and the song is amazing and Sally Taylor’s voice is amazing and I’m just thrilled about it. Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!

Skip Bowlinski for President!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/18/08 under Video

Eric Metaxas — Kingmaker and cultural observer — gets solidly behind Skip Bowlinski’s failed bid for the Presidency in 2008!

SITC Gala on Dec. 3rd with Dr. Francis Collins!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/18/08 under Blog Uncategorized

Click here to take your first step toward a more examined life.

Best Children’s Books Ever

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/09/08 under Blog

I’ve written about thirty children’s books and have written for VeggieTales — so you can imagine that every now and again people ask me to recommend children’s books. The little-known “Tim” books, written and illustrated by Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979) have to be among the best children’s picture books in existence, and they are the first books I would recommend to anyone, and now recommend to you. Ardizzone’s illustrations have a Victorian feel to them, as do his stories.

There are eleven “Tim” books, which Ardizzone wrote between 1936 and 1977. All of them are available here, at There is so much to like about these books. There is an innocence and a wit to them that puts them at the top of my list. Ardizzone was the first winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for children’s book illustration in 1956. A terrific 1966 Maurice Sendak review of Ardizzone’s Tim and Ginger, can be read here.

I’m also a big fan of Robert McCloskey’s first book, the incredibly charming Lentil. McCloskey wrote and illustrated it in 1940,

years before his Caldecott-winner, Make Way for Ducklings or his other more popular books, like Blueberries for Sal, which I also love. McCloskey’s early-19th century American town and the characters that inhabit Lentil are a delight.

My favorite line: “There sat Old Sneep, sucking on a lemon.” SHLURP! Click here to order Lentil.


Jeremiah Wright at Mars Hill Forum

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/07/08 under Blog Uncategorized

Last night my chickens came home to roost when I somehow found myself moderating a dialogue between the Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Barack Obama’s friend and pastor of 20 years) and the inimitable Rev. John Rankin of the Theological Educational Institute. The title of the forum was “The Bible, Race, and American History: What Are the Issues?” There were lots of media there, of course, fishing for controversy. But the only controversy was the lack of controversy. It was all scandalously civil.

My small contribution was duly noted in both newspaper accounts. The Connecticut Post‘ said my moderating was “humorous”. The full story is here. The New Haven Register said I “set a tone of civility.” Their story is here. The local Fox News tv report is here. I’m behind Dr. Wright, shuffling my papers…

I doff my hat to my dear friend, the Rev. John Rankin, for creating a place for civil debate and bona fide conversation on important subjects — and with people who are usually ideologically far from his positions on things. Rankin’s other Mars Hill Forums are absolutely must-see material. The second-half of this conversation between Wright and Rankin will be on December 5th in the Greater Hartford Area. Stay tuned.

What a week!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/02/08 under Blog

It’s been quite a few days, folks… We had another absolutely extraordinary Socrates in the City event on Oct. 22nd, with Dr. Gerald Schroeder — Israeli physicist, Talmud scholar and author of Genesis and the Big Bang. He was everything we had hoped — a kind of Professor Irwin Corey with substance, if such can be imagined. Before Dr. Schroeder launched into his talk he regaled the audience by offering yours truly a gift of skin lotion made near the Dead Sea. A good time was had by all. Of course you may order a cd of the evening from They make great Christmas and Hannukah presents, as do Professor Schroeder’s fantastic books.

On Saturday I spoke about William Wilberforce at a benefit for the Wilberforce School in Princeton, NJ, and on Sunday I spoke about Mr. Wilberforce at the august Jonathan Edwards Forum in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The event took place at the venerable First Church of Christ there; the history in that building is enough to scare anyone off. The steeple is about as gorgeous and quintessential a New England church steeple as you are likely to find in existence, and the interior of the 1761 church has been gloriously restored. The pulpit, from which I dared speak, is so far above the congregation that one feels one had better have something important to say. Ahem.

On Wednesday I moderated a luncheon panel on publishing at the Dillon Art Gallery in SoHo, which exhibits the virtuoso works of Mako Fujimura, who — along with the supermodel Kim Alexis and the incomparable belletrist and polymathic mathematician David Berlinksi — was in attendance. It was, like, a scene, man.

On Thursday night I was the emcee at a First Annual Young Supporters event for the MPSC (Midtown Pregnancy Support Center) of Manhattan, an exceedingly worthy organization whose capable executive director turns out to be related to me by marriage, and rather directly, too. Because the youngish crowd was at one point slightly unruly I struck back by singing — The Mills Brothers’ “Dinah” and Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” — to the inestimable accompaniment of Matt Veligdan and his Band. Yowza yowza yowza…

On Friday morning I had sinus surgery and am now in mending mode, prone and prone to crankiness. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, you’ve been a terrific readership.

Good Will Hinton Interview

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/01/08 under Blog Media Press Video

I was all stuffed up and found it hard to think straight, and yet the extraordinary Will Hinton at times somehow made me sound almost coherent… Good Will Hinton!

Void where prohibited.