Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Fortress. Mar. 2020. 275p. ISBN 9781506455914. $25.99. REL
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor and theologian, was murdered by the Nazis during the closing stages of his country’s involvement in World War II. His fame has continued to grow ever since, and his work The Cost of Discipleship continues to be a classic. Writer and poet Fabrycky describes her time as a volunteer guide at the Bonhoeffer-Haus, a memorial and place of encounter. Here, Bonhoeffer’s life resounds, acting as a moral touchstone for Fabrycky, who has picked up the rhythm, setting her subject’s life in conversation with her own. The book is a call for others to meet a man supremely worthy of affiliation. Bonhoeffer has much to teach us about the art of dying. He lived with such moral courage that even a brief encounter with his story elicits both attraction and wonderment.
VERDICT Fabrycky’s book goes a long way toward explaining the lure and continuing importance of engaging with Bonhoeffer and his legacy. Recommended for seekers of spiritually uplifting works sprinkled with nuggets of worldly wisdom.
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