Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Bonhoeffer.jpgKris and I will be going to Ireland in about a month and I have already picked the book I will read on the plane: Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
. This year I began both my 4th Yr Seminar classes and the Spring Jesus classes by reading portions of Bonhoeffer’s books: Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible
and Discipleship
. And just this week the scholarly edition of Letters and Papers from Prison (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 8)
arrived. 

If I had a second academic career, I would have chosen to specialize in Bonhoeffer studies.
Anyway, back to the biography by Eric Metaxas. I wasn’t going to mention this book on this blog until we got back from our trip but I opened it up, began perusing and was snatched up once again into Bonhoeffer’s tragic life and brilliant thought. I had to force myself to wait, and I hope that’s enough to convince a few of you to read this new book and then spend some huge chunks of time diving into his great books. It is easy to get lost in a sea of facts but Metaxas has shown me already he can keep the excitement of the plot of his life and thought at a pace to keep us from getting bogged down in Germany’s tragic succumbing to Nazism or needless details about his life.
Tim Keller wrote the foreword, a brief on the value of Bonhoeffer for sustaining costly grace in our age as well.
About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Clay Knick

    I loved this book. Couldn’t wait to come home each evening and read it. It is splendid.

  • http://www.andyrowell.net/ Andy Rowell

    I have been meaning to order Metaxas and LPP and got approved to present a little paper “Recovering Bonhoeffer’s Life Together for the Missiologists” at the The American Society of Missiology (ASM) meeting (June 18-20) in Northbrook, IL (http://www.andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/2010/04/2010-conference-update-apt-wheaton-aete-asm-barth-duke-aar-ets-and-sbl.html)so ordered them (through your Amazon link today). I hope to stop by and see you when I come in June.

  • Scot McKnight

    Andy, I should be here.

  • Alice

    My daughter just gave this book to my husband and me for a joint Mother’s/Father’s Day gift … All three of us are going to read it together and discuss. Can’t wait to add your point of view, Scot!

  • http://www.whyismarko.com marko

    slightly off topic — but had to mention that everytime you include this pic of “the bon”, i notice how much you and him look alike, scot! anyone with me on this?

  • Diane Reynolds

    I’m reading this book. I just completed a class in Bonhoeffer and am very, very interested in him–and have to say I was a little disappointed that this book, while highly readable, simply rehashes old ground.


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