I recently read a biography about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who was very vocal during the build-up to the Nazi regime and spoke out against them and the ‘Third Reich Church’ that had affiliated itself with it. Though not directly involved, he was part of a group that plotted to assassinate Hitler. As a result, he was arrested and eventually executed a few weeks before the war’s end. Here’s my review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Loved this book, lots of great insights into the thinking and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer – the flip side of this was that there was less ‘story’ to this book than a biography would suggest. I felt van Dyke should have tried to research more thoroughly the life of Dietrich, it feels as though he limited himself somewhat to the letters, books and sermons that Bonhoeffer wrote.
I recommend reading this – it’s easy to get through in 2 or 3 days, and there’s some great insights into how the ‘Christianity’ of Germany resulted in a church so intertwined with the Nazi regime and its ideology.