Friday, September 17, 2010

Bonhoeffer: A Brief Review by Dr. David Pitman

     It took me some what longer to read the last two chapters of this biography. The sadness of Bonhoeffer's impending execution, set against his expectation that he might be released for further ministry and for his marriage, was written eloquently and effectively. I now think I know Dietrich Bonhoeffer.     Metaxas handles primary sources as well as any biographer I have ever read. I am persuaded that he separates the man from the myth (and misrepresentations) and yet manages to convey the heroic, yet humble man that Bonhoeffer was.
     The larger canvas upon which Bonhoeffer's life is drawn incorporates themes from the sublime to the stupid; from the heights of human aspirations to the depths of human depravity. Theology, culture, politics. family, patriotism, sacrifice - Bonhoeffer's life and death weaves it all into one seamless fabric.
     In this book you will find orthodoxy without obstinacy, self-sacrifice without self-pity, and faith without fear. This is now one of my five favorite biographies.
     I recommend this book.


  1. I'd like to be on the list to borrow this one. Sounds like something I need to add to my stack. :)

  2. I've planned to read this on vacation and now look forward to it. Thanks.

  3. His death was a horrible one and yet of historical significance.

    I found him a useful source for the practical theology aspects of my PhD thesis.

  4. Sounds like a great book.

  5. For those of you coming and/or stumbling across this blog, Pastor David is a fine man to Blog and Facebook with, in Christ.

    I have not met him person, but his web persona is very good.

    Dr. Russ Murray