“Bonhoeffer Student Edition: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” by Eric Metaxas

I recently had the chance to read Bonhoeffer Student Edition: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas. This nonfiction book was published on May 5, 2015, by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

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.

Final Verdict:

I am such a fan of Eric Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer book that I now own it in three editions: the regular book, this abridged copy, and now the student edition. If you’re an adult, and if you have the time and the inclination, Eric Metaxas’ book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – the original, unabridged version – is a phenomenal book and you should probably read that one. That being said, while the original version of this book is one of my husband’s favorites, I have attempted to read it in its 600+ page glory, and have failed twice. This is not the season for me to attempt that feat, what with small children and all. I enjoyed the abridged version, which lived up to every expectation of mine, and the story flowed so naturally I couldn’t tell what the writer left out. However, I enjoyed the student version just as well – if not more! It will be a wonderful book to use in our homeschool in the future. I loved the graphics, timelines, word definitions, and though-provoking questions that have been added in. If you’re not familiar with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s story, he was a Christian pastor in Germany who was a Nazi resister, part of a failed plot to assassinate Hitler, and ultimately, a martyr. Metaxas’ abilities as a biographer are amazing, and his well-researched narrative reads like a good story, not a dry history book, plus all the new elements added to this student edition really make the story make sense. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it to anyone.

If you’d like to check out Bonhoeffer, Student Edition, it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version (regularly $14.99). If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $11.25. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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.”

 

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