Bonhoeffer Student Edition: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Author: Eric Metaxas
Category: Religion & Spirituality, Children’s Non-Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN’S
Release Date: May 5, 2015
My Rating: 4 stars
What would you do if your faith could cost you your life?
The fascinating story of one of Christianity’s most courageous heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is now abridged and adapted for students. This compelling account of Bonhoeffer’s remarkable testimony—combined with historical, theological, and political elements and enhanced with photos—brings the story to life. How did Bonhoeffer become someone who would defend God’s truth, even when it was a matter of life and death? How did he endure the hardships that came with his faithfulness? How might we respond similarly to injustices today?
New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas vividly portrays the struggles and faith of Bonhoeffer, a man who had the courage to follow his convictions into Nazi Germany and stand up for the truth of God.
Bonhoeffer Student Edition is an excellent resource for parents to read with their children. It is an easily understandable book that will introduce your child to a man who understood sacrifice and service to God.
Bonhoeffer Student Edition is filled with great resources such as:
- Family trees
- Historical information of the times and events surrounding and shaping Bonhoeffer’s life.
- Discussion questions and exercises to provoke further thought and study.
I received a pre-release copy and so the tables, timelines, etc. we’re not yet available in a clean format. I can tell though that this is a book where having a physical copy as opposed to an ebook would be advantageous. The charts, etc. would be much larger and easier to reference.
You can have your child read this book on their own but the experience will be so much richer if you read it as a family. Delve into the life of a sinner saved by grace who sought to serve his God in a perilous time.
I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.
About the Author:
ERIC METAXAS is the author of four New York Times Bestsellers, including the #1 Bestseller, BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which was named “Book of the Year” by the ECPA and sold over one million copies in 19 languages. Called a “biography of uncommon power,” it appeared on numerous 2010 “Best of the Year” lists and was ranked #21 on the Amazon.com listing of Most Highlighted Books of all time.
He is host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally-syndicated daily radio program in 120 cities. (MetaxasTalk.com) ABC News has called Metaxas a “photogenic, witty ambassador for faith in public life,” and The Indianapolis Star described him as “a Protestant version of William F. Buckley.” Metaxas is also the host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, broadcast on the NRB network and http://www.Socratesinthecity.com.
Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, an event attended by the President and First Lady, the Vice President, members of Congress, and other U.S. and world leaders. Previous keynote speakers have included Mother Theresa, Bono, and Tony Blair. That speech and Eric’s essay on the experience, were put into a book, No Pressure, Mr. President: The Power of True Belief in a Time of Crisis.
Along with his colleague John Stonestreet, Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million.
In 2011, Metaxas was the 17th recipient of the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. He has testified before Congress about the rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad, and spoke at CPAC2013 on the issue of Religious Freedom. In September 2013, Eric and his wife Susanne were jointly awarded the Human Life Review’s “Great Defender of Life Award.” Metaxas has honorary Doctorates from Sewanee College, Hillsdale College, and Liberty University.
Eric’s book (November 2014) MIRACLES: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life hit #12 on the New York Times Best Seller list and is being translated into German, Polish, Greek, Portuguese, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, Estonian, Slovak, Korean, Swedish, Finnish, and Croatian.
His Dec. 25th, 2014 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, titled “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God,” is unofficially the most popular and shared piece in the history of the Journal, garnering over 450,000 Facebook Likes and 8,000 comments.
Metaxas is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Large for the King’s College in New York City.