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.