A Review of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Metaxas

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, is a biography of a well known, highly respected 20th century Christian author and theologian. Metaxas has obviously done his research and is very thorough in his book, which covers Bonhoeffer’s life from early childhood through death. It includes many antidotes, excerpts from letters, and quotes from interviews of still living relatives.

I love biographies. However, this biography was incredibly hard to get through. It was extremely dry. If I had expected a text book on Bonhoeffer I would have probably given this five stars, because this would be THE book I would assign if I were teaching a class on Bonhoeffer or 20th century theologians!

If you are looking for the best, most thorough book on Bonhoeffer’s life, this is the book for you. However, if you’d like an overview of his life that is enjoyable to read, I would pick a different biography.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from BookSneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.


The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall

Once again Cindy Woodsmall delivers a wonderful Amish fiction novel. The Scent of Cherry Blossoms is about Annie, an Old Order Mennonite young woman and Aden,an Old Order Amish young man. They’ve built a friendship over several years as Annie comes to visit her grandfather. After a fight with her family, Annie is sent to live with her grandfather and helps Aden’s family at their diner. She and Aden find themselves falling in love, however, if they decide to be together one must sacrifice not only their faith, but risk being shunned.

This was a quick, enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a weekend read to relax this spring, then this is a great book. The characters are fun and loveable and while you know Annie and Aden will end up together, you’re never quite sure how they will make it work.

Disclosure: I received this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah for free in exchange for my honest review.