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Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Called by God [Hardcover]

By Elizabeth Raum (Author)
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Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.44" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 2002
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN  0826413803  
EAN  9780826413802  

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Nazi Germany produced an unusual group of Christian martyrs--among them, the nun philosopher Edith Stein, the mystical philosopher Simone Weil, and the peasant conscientious objector Hans Jgerstatter--but perhaps none so complex as the Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Born into a large upper-middle-class, professional family that was not particularly devout or observant (his father was one of the leading psychiatrists in Germany), Dietrich early in life decided he wanted to be a Christian theologian. Yet his family background and connections insured that he wouldn't be one in the narrow mold of so many of his colleagues. Opportunities for travel-to Spain, North Africa. Mexico, Cuba, America (twice), and England (often)-gave him a broad horizon of possibilities. The greatest thing about America for him was his experiences in Harlem and his friendships with African Americans. His great regret was that he missed an opportunity to travel to India to meet Gandhi. He was one of the few German churchmen who spoke forthrightly against the persecution of Jews as Jews and not merely of Christians of Jewish descent. (How much of this was due to his beloved, 90-year-old grandmother Sophie, who defied the Nazi ban on shopping in Jewish stores? "I buy the things I need where I like.") His family connections drew him into a dangerous double game. His "employment" as a member of the Counterintelligence Office of the High Command of the Armed Forces enabled him to continue work as a pastor and seminary director. It allowed him to travel abroad, where he worked for a negotiated peace. And it eventually drew him into the plot to kill Hitler-an ethical stand which many German Christians of his generation couldn't understand or forgive. He was executed on 9 April 1945, three weeks before Hitler committed suicide. He was thirty-nine years old.

The life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been told at great length and in magnificent detail by his younger colleague, Eberhard Bethge. It's a biography that will never be surpassed but which only the most devoted will have the perseverance to read. Elizabeth Raum has retold the story concisely and readably for a whole new generation of readers.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth Raum is Director of the Carl B. Ylvisaker Library at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She is the author of two books for children.

Elizabeth Raum currently resides in Fargo, in the state of North Dakota.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Understanding Bonhoeffer  Mar 21, 2006
A refreshing and informative 170 + pages survey of Bonhoeffer's life. This should be the first book on Bonhoeffer one reads to get the full sweep of the major points in his life, family, theology and death.
of book clubs and discussions  Nov 17, 2005
The reading is easy, but the lessons of faith in the face of evil will never leave you. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a man who became so alarmed at Hitler's treatment of the Jews that he dared to oppose Hitler even in the face of death and participated in the failed plot to assassinate him. Bonhoeffer abandoned his protected role in the Clergy working tirelessly for those targeted by Hitler.

Ms. Raum's journalistic style creates a powerful story, the events of which are starkly presented. Juxtaposed against the rise of Hitler is the life of a man of wealth and privilege who, seeing the looming threat, embarks on a fatal journey. It is a story of a man of God, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, standing up for the people of God and never giving up or turning his back on God's call even unto his own death on the gallows in a concentration camp.

This is a wonderful book for any Book Club. Ms. Raum offers questions on her website as a jumping off point. The book and the questions provoked over 2 hours of lively discussion and insight into how God uses people and those who take the challenge.
A True Hero  Nov 3, 2003
Anyone, who's never heard of Bonhoeffer, can read this book and receive a wonderful introduction to a true hero. It's clear and simple enough to give to a young teenager, but also factual enough and inviting enough for any age.

Ms. Raum has taken a complex subject and hero and made them both available to anyone who wants to explore how Christians responded during World War II in Germany.


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