Monday, July 27, 2015

"Bonhoeffer - Student Edition" by Eric Metaxas: A Review

[Christians] must give up . . . the very two questions that led them to deal with the ethical problem: "How can I be good?" and "How can I do something good?" Instead they must ask the wholly other, completely different question: "what is the will of God?" . . . All things appear as in a [warped] mirror if they are not seen and recognized in God. (179)

Several years ago Eric Metaxas published the bestseller Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. The book was considerably large which made the success puzzlingly. Prior to its publication, most could not pronounce Bonhoeffer, let alone tell his story. The opposite can be said now. 

Due to the books success, Thomas Nelson has released a student edition of book entitled Bonhoeffer Student Edition: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Though I am a fan of the German theologian, I must admit my hesitancy of picking it up. Like most "student edition" books, I assumed it would have been the same book just shorter. Yet it is anything but that. 

When it comes to reading biographies, it has been my experience to start off with a simple book on someone who know very little about before digging into the more detailed accounts. Though I was familiar with Bonhoeffer's story, I had not invested in a full biography of the man. Thus when I read Metaxas's larger work, I was a bit overwhelmed.  

For those new to Bonhoeffer, this is the a helpful book to invest in. It is a much simply book to read adn follow. Almost every page has side bars which guide the reader even further in the narrative. Most of the names and events are in bold which are further explored in the back. Given that most of the names are German, this is helpful to every American reader unfamiliar with the territory. 

Ultimately, I would highly recommend this book to any student of history and Bonhoeffer. Metaxas has once again published a book on the man worth your investment.  

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

For more:
"Bonhoeffer" by Eric Metaxas: A Review
"The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Review 
Bonhoeffer: Don't Try to Make the Bible Relevant
Metaxas and Piper on Bonhoeffer
Promoting Bonhoeffer: Eric Metaxas on the Glenn Beck Show
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