Book Review: Dietrich Bonhoeffer – A brief life

bethgeDietrich Bonhoeffer is one of my spiritual heroes, a man of action, deep faith, author of great books, sharp theological mind and practised in simplicity and community. He is most of the things I wish I was. His The Cost of Discipleship has been one of the most influential books I have ever read. I am therefore a fan.

This short book is a great way for anyone to be introduced to the man, his life and something of his legacy by someone who knew him well. Renate Bethge was Bonhoeffer’s niece and wife of Bonhoeffer’s biographer and closest friend Eberhard Bethge. No one did more than her late husband to make Bonhoeffer known to the wider world in the aftermath of the second world war.

Containing photos, reflections, poems and a straight forward outline of his life this book does all you’d hope for in just 88 pages. It was a privilege to spend an hour reading this and being reminded of a 20th century martyr whose life and work continues to exercise a profound influence on many.

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