Sometime ago my reading was nearly all concentrated on World War II, the Nazis, and those who fought and opposed them. One book generated a great deal of thought, not merely on its subject and the surrounding plot , but on my faith and the circumstances of my country.
This book, Bonhoeffer, Pastor,Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas took me some time to read, but not because I became bored, but because I had to wade through the emotion, and tension it invoked. (click on the link to order your copy)
The character Deitriech Bonhoeffer wrestled his emotion, and used his own tension as a tool to keep taut the answer of his faith and its practice.
The book made me aware of the contentedness of my blessings, the slack in my thanks and appreciation, and the limpness of my answer to faith. It was the beginning of my understanding of the cost that faith in God may require of America, her pastors, her peace keepers, her civil servants, and her citizens.
I do not believe Mr. Metaxas wrote this biography without knowing it’s power to influence and change a person’s faith. He seems to purpose to find those whose lives can still change ours. He has a way of watering the seeds their lives left behind and sharing in the fruit.
To say I liked the book is a generic, facebook statement. I more than click “like” on this one. I share it and write my own critical book review because I hope that you too will read it and have your faith stretched. My copy is filled with tabs to mark the many instances I had to stop and “chew”, pray, commit to memory, and cry.
From the reading of this book, God has given me a desire for a new unspoken “project”. I would love and appreciate your prayers. Maybe someday I can share it with you as well.