Bonhoeffer Student Edition [Book Review]
Bonhoeffer Student Edition: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy is a great book that would impact your students. I love how Eric Metaxas modified this book for students. His book, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, is a must read for pastors, and adults. I doubt that students in your youth ministry would be willing to pick up a 650 page book just because you said it was good.
This is a book that I want to introduce to my student leaders next year. It is written in an accessible way, that anyone could get an idea of who Dietrich Bonhoeffer was, and what he stood for.
The write up for Bonhoeffer Student Edition: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy states:
The fascinating story of one of Christianity’s most courageous heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is now abridged and adapted for students. This compelling account of Bonhoeffer’s remarkable testimony—combined with historical, theological, and political elements and enhanced with photos—brings the story to life. How did Bonhoeffer become someone who would defend God’s truth, even when it was a matter of life and death? How did he endure the hardships that came with his faithfulness? How might we respond similarly to injustices today?
New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas vividly portrays the struggles and faith of Bonhoeffer, a man who had the courage to follow his convictions into Nazi Germany and stand up for the truth of God.
Some quotes that stood out:
“Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.”
“…when someone asked Bonhoeffer whether he shouldn’t join the German Christians in order to work against them from within, he answered that he couldn’t. ‘If you board the wrong train,’ he said, ‘it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction.”
“Where a people prays, there is the church; and where the church is; there is never loneliness.”
“Actions must follow what one believed, else one could not claim to believe it.”
“The good leader serves others and leads others to maturity.”
“A false faith is capable of terrible and monstrous things.”
“God does not love some ideal person, but rather human beings just as we are, not some world, but rather the real world.”
“The church is only the church when it exists for others.”
Initially, I was skeptical about a student edition of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. I have seen other student edition of other Christian books, and they usually do a terrible job of writing for students. The book Bonhoeffer Student Edition: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy is worth giving out. I was really surprised, and thankful that the author did a great job of modifying it for students.
This book is perfect for students in your youth ministry. It’s also perfect for grads, or anyone who wants to know one of the greatest theologians in the past 100 years.