September 11, 2016

Bonhoeffer Student Edition by Eric Metaxas

Bonhoeffer Student Edition is about the life of a German pastor before and during World War II.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a courageous Christian pastor, who objected to Hitler and his reign and turned spy and eventually became a martyr.  This book, "abridged and adapted in student-friendly language," follows Dietrich through childhood and adulthood, highlighting his faith and the historical impact he had.  Included are text boxes with interesting sidenotes and a few definitions, and each chapter has a time line of itself.  There is a map and family tree in the front, and a list of key words and people in the back, as well as an extensive Notes section (bibliography).

As a Charlotte Mason styled home educator, yes, I cringed when I saw that it was abridged.  I chose to review this particular book because the unabridged version is recommended in my chosen homeschool curriculum (AmblesideOnline), so I knew even an abridged version would likely be good.  It was very good, indeed.  I learned things about the Nazis, Germany, and that time period that I had never heard before, and was riveted in a way I have not been by a biography in a while.  Hitler and his generals gained a dimension I had not seen before.

Bonhoeffer's family and childhood were interesting, and I could see where his courage came from, and I was impressed on all accounts by this man as he moved through adulthood and faced his end with love still in his heart for even his guards.  I felt the pain of persecution for the Jews and Christians during the 1930-40's, but Metaxes never made the story graphic or sensationalist.  I think this is a well done adaption, with the caveat that I have not read the original.

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