Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer Fortress Press

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.

Its 1068 pages are worth reading for understanding Bonhoeffer's early life and family, his vocation, theology, and writings. All this is set against tumultuous developments in politics and government in Germany, which Bethge describes in detail, and their influence on decisive moments in his life.  The author tells all this as only someone who lived it with Bonhoeffer can.

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