Ferdinand Schlingensiepen

Continuum, 2010

The newest Bonhoeffer biography is written by one of the founders of the International Bonhoeffer Society who is also the son of a principal of a Confessing Church seminary in Nazi Germany. 

Karen Armstrong
Knopf Doubleday, 2005

It's a gripping autobiography, which begins with the author's convent life as a Roman Catholic nun in England during the 1960's. Armstrong reveals more of her considerable gift for writing in telling her story.

Eberhard Bethge
Fortress Press, 2000

Revised Edition

This is the definitive, detailed biography written by Bonhoeffer's close friend and colleague, expanded from the 1970 edition. Bethge's firsthand account of the Bonhoeffer and the Nazi period in Germany makes for compelling reading.

Ronald C. White Jr.

Simon & Schuster, 2002

Historian White tells the intriguing story of the spiritual development of Abraham Lincoln through the Civil War as ultimately expressed in his Second Inaugural Address which was given at America's most decisive moment and just weeks before the president's assassination.

Madeleine L'Engle

HarperOne, 1989

 In what is one admirer's favorite book on marriage, L'Engle shares the joys and challenges of her forty-year marriage with Hugh Franklin and the heartbreak of his losing battle with cancer in 1986.  The book was first published in 1988.

Stanley Hauerwas 

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010

In a rare autobiography of a theologian, Hauerwas tells of the highly unusual circumstances of his beginning, and the life that was the consequence.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Eberhard Bethge, editor

The Enlarged Edition

Simon & Schuster, 1997

This expanded collection of Bonhoeffer's letters during his two years' imprisonment by the Nazis stands as a testament to his courage upheld by his faith and the love of his family, his fiancee Maria von Wedemeyer, and his loyal friend and biographer Bethge.

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Hay House, 2009

Ilibagiza, the author of Left to Tell. continues the incredible and inspiring story of her survival of the 1994 genocide in her native country: her search for a new beginning, and discovery of a new life in the United States.

Leymah Gbowee

with Carol Mithers

Beast Books, 2011

A 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner,  Gbowee was instrumental bringing to an end in Libera the presidency of Charles Taylor and long civil war through the peace movement she initiated which united Christian and Muslim women: Liberian Mass Action for Peace.  The reader follows her own gripping and painful life story  alongside that of her country in a well-told narrative of lost dreams finally realized in unimagined ways.


Martin E. Marty

Princeton University Press, 2011 


Theologian and author Marty considers the history of Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison, from the beginnings of the book itself to its continuing influence for the remaining 20th century on the theology and social action.


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