Bonhoeffer Abridged: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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I had high hopes for Bonhoeffer Abridged by Eric Metaxas. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a fascinating person who lived an extraordinary life. I found that Bonhoeffer Abridged was quite a disappointment. It reads like an abridgment (which it is, but it shouldn’t jump out at the reader). The prose is choppy and the topics are all over the place. There’s often no transition between paragraphs and sometimes the paragraph topic is just out of place, having no real connection to anything else being discussed. Often, I’d read something interesting only to find out that “well, that’s all you get”…I was left with more questions than answers.

There is SO much good subject matter on Bonhoeffer, but Eric Metals managed to make it tedious, dry and pedantic. It is written largely in passive voice and the author uses ridiculous, obscure words seemingly just to impress the reader.

I really wanted to like this book, but I really didn’t. Don’t choose this biography of Bonhoeffer. Yawn. Really. I couldn’t finish it.

I received a complementary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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