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Strange Glory - A Life Of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most fascinating and engaging person of faith from the 20th century. Not only is his life and story intriguing, but his theological writings are compelling as well  (Life Together, The Cost of Discipleship). Bonhoeffer left a tremendous legacy behind, that the church and His people, including myself, are still benefiting and being blessed by today.

If is for those reasons that I was so excited to be able to read Charles Marsh's biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Strange Glory. Marsh is a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and and director of the Project on Lived Theology.

Of course as I read Marsh's book - I couldn't help but have in the forefront of my mind one of my favorite books, Eric Metaxas' account of the life of Bonhoeffer. Yet due to Marsh's strong research skills and attention to details, he does a great job in distinguishing his account of Bonhoeffer's life from other well known biographies. 

In Strange Glory, Marsh takes the time to engage and explain the complex theological issues that shaped Bonhoeffer and the issues that he confronted. Also Marsh's portrayal of Bonhoeffer is not a flat and two dimensional account, rather Marsh is willing to illustrate and paint a vivid picture of Bonhoeffer's emotional complexity. Another positive and enduring feature of Strange Glory is also Marsh's willingness to go into detail concerning the dissidence and conflict that Bonhoeffer faced between his pacifism and his actions to kill Hitler.

Marsh's book is definitely a worthy account of a man that was - and continues to remain - a giant of Christian faith and thought.

Disclaimer, I received a promotional copy of Strange Glory in exchange for writing an objective review of the book.


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