The Wall Street Journal Reviews BONHOEFFER!!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 04/21/10 under Blog Media Reviews


In Hitler’s Germany, a Lutheran pastor chooses resistance and pays with his life.


In April 1933, during the early months of Nazi rule in Germany, the “Aryan Paragraph,” as it came to be called, went into effect. A new law banned anyone of Jewish descent from government employment. Hitler’s assault on the Jews—already so evidently under way in his toxic rhetoric and in the ideological imperatives of his party—was moving into a crushing legal phase. German churches, which relied on state support, now faced a choice: preserve their subsidies by dismissing their pastors and employees with Jewish blood—or resist. Most Protestant and Catholic leaders fell into line, visibly currying favor with the regime or quietly complying with its edict.

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 04/18/10 under Blog Media Reviews

yLogoHuge news!  My Bonhoeffer book has received a “starred” review in Kirkus!   This is spectacular, the equivalent of a gold medal in the publishing world!  Here it is:

BONHOEFFER:  Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

A  star is assigned to books of unusual merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus Reviews.

A welcome new biography of one of the 20th century’s leading lights.

Metaxas (Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God: The Jesus Edition, 2010, etc.) 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. Coming of age in Germany at the close of World War I, the precocious Bonhoeffer quickly became a rising star on the international theological scene. In the 1930s he became a leader of the Confessing Church movement, which stood against Hitler, and helped organize its underground seminary. He also joined the Abwehr, the German intelligence agency in which foment against Hitler was most active. Bonhoeffer took part in the conspiracy to kill Hitler, which caused his imprisonment and eventual hanging, just weeks before the end of the war. Throughout this period he also wrote some of the greatest works of practical theology to come out of the first half of the 20th century. 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.


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John Wilson, in First Things

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/11/08 under Media Press Reviews Uncategorized

“And no Christmas list would be complete without a lullaby book. It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, written by Eric Metaxas and illustrated by Nancy Tillman is a ravishingly beautiful volume that my wife and I will be giving to our grandchildren. (We plan to get a back-up copy to keep in readiness for visitors.) “You are loved,” it says, and neither irony nor absurdity nor the most bitter pain puts a dent in that sentiment, which mysteriously undergirds the universe.”

John Wilson, “Wrapping Up 2008″ in the current issue of First Things.