Rare is the man who has had a close bond with God since childhood. This is especially true in Western societies. For a man living in Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer’s deep, personal relationship with God was especially inspiring.
“At a time when much of the world was either enticed with or entrapped by fascism, Dietrich Bonhoeffer dared to live the morally responsible Christian life to its most expressive, and tragic, end. As a theologically rooted opponent to National Socialism, and later as a member of the political resistance against Nazism, Bonhoeffer was recognized as a leader even by his enemies and was hanged by the Gestapo in 1945. His legacy has inspired many and has demonstrated his landmark life and works to be among the most important of the twentieth century and the most relevant for our times ahead.” Olive Tree Bible
Bonhoeffer’s story is completely captivating and totally engrossing. While the book qualifies as a tome, I believe I finished it in a long weekend. It inspired me personally to recognize that the Psalms are God’s prayers and begin substituting His prayers for my own.
Reviewed by Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®