Book Review: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas


I imagine it must have been difficult to compile all the letters and journal entries by those involved in this truly incredible life. Having traveled for a year all over Germany, this book came alive for me. Being a Christian in America, I understand Bonhoeffer’s struggle with religion here.

Some main lessons learned from this book:

1. Write, write, write. And then write some more. The tradition of writing down memories has been cheapened a bit by overwhelming social media. We post stuff on FB that we want others to see, so we can manipulate how people view us. We hide our hearts from ourselves. This book awakened a desire in me to write more privately in order to unlock the secret places of my heart and ultimately, gain a closer relationship with Jesus.

2. Scripture is the ultimate rule of life. Without the word, we are void of true life. Bonhoeffer’s passion and love for Scripture drives me to learn it more, to devour every word, and to have a more profound love for the Word.

3. Bonhoeffer has awakened a deeper desire in me to learn and explore theology. When I was growing up, theology was a kind of dirty word. After all, it’s about relationship, no religion. Theology, however, has the ability to deepen relationship. Don’t dismiss hundred of years of thought and meditation on Jesus just because its perhaps difficult to read or understand. In our lives, we should never stop trying to figure Him out. Though we never will, the journey of finding Him more strengthens our relationship with Him a build our faith in a remarkable way.

I feel that my life is changed a bit after reading this book, and that is what I look for in literature. Well done!!

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

  1. I bought this book for my Kindle a couple of years ago and never got around to reading it – probably because I knew it was going to be deep and thought-provoking, and when I start reading, I immerse myself in whatever I’m devouring at the time and don’t come up for air until I’m done.
    I think I’m ready to brush it off and dive in now.


  2. It’s actually a much easier read than I thought it would be, considering how difficult it can be, at times, to read Bonhoeffer’s actual writings. (FYI: I think a lot of that could be because it’s a translation from German to English. There are some things that just get lost in translation). I highly recommend it, especially if you love history.


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