• Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • In the Midst of Wickedness (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (193 ratings)

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Born into a loving family, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) pursued a life as a pastor, teacher, theologian - and spy. He spoke out about the trouble in Germany when Adolph Hitler came to power, urging the Christian church to rescue disparaged people groups and resist Hitler’s evil empire. Accused of being a troublemaker, Dietrich continued on fearlessly in the midst of wickedness. His work as a spy in the German resistance and participation in a plot to assassinate Hitler led to imprisonment and eventual execution. But the lesson of his life story remains: "Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

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It was a very good background story of one of the most prominent modern day Christian evangelicals. His life, though very short, spoke volumes of what it means to walk the talk of Christianity.

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Great Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would surely recommend this audiobook. Why? As far as I am concerned it should be mandatory for all people in America and in the Free world. This book is a great history lesson as to how people can be led astray by bad leadership, and what can happen when freedom is removed. Bonhoeffer has some great spiritual writings,, but this is not one of those. This is history from a unique perspective, of someone living through WW1 and WW2 (well almost to the end of WW2)

What did you like best about this story?

It read like a history book from an insider!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The untimely death (right before freedom came) of the main character.

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Great book.

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"May I be like this man, O Lord" such a blessing.

this was the first book I've ever heard about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and I can say that it is honestly changed my heart my hope Is that others would find the same encouragement to live uprightly before God in the face of such opposition blessings in the name of Jesus Christ the hope of glory

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history brought life

magnificent man who was brought life, a must read for history buffs or Christians alike.

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Heart wrenching and well written

May we never forget. What a well written documentation of a Godly man. Amen

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Great biography

This was a great biography of a man who has become something of a hero of the Christian faith. The authors gave “just the facts” of Bonhoeffer’s life. And his commitment to justice and his opposition to Nazi evil was clear.

However it is less clear about his writings. I would have liked to hear just a bit more about them inserted in the book. I would think some recollections from family members post-war could have been fitting. At the end of the book it felt like something was lacking.

Having said this, it was clear what Dietrich’s commitment to Christ was about. And that is a great example to us all.

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Pure Inspiration!

If you want to learn how to speak up for Christ, this is a must-read!

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A faithful martyr

I enjoyed this "light" biography of Bonhoeffer ad so have the many, many others by Janet and Geoff Benge. Scholars may enjoy the fuller biographies, but for lay people snd youth these books give a look at the lives of Christian heroes and inspire us to follow in their steps of courage and faithfulness.

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The history aspect alone makes this my Benge fave

I know, this story isn't a fairytale ending in any way, shape or form. But, anyone that serves God with all their heart knows that life isn't always a bowl of cherries. Ok, so you've been warned, this isn't a happy-happy story.

After saying all that, it was interesting to hear about the 2 world wars from a German prospective. At the beginning of WWI, even the kids thought it was a happy, wonderful time to begin a war. But, as soon as you lose someone in a war, it's not so happy anymore. When Hitler began his march towards WWII, the attitude in Germany that wasn't pro-Hitler; was a very sad, here-we-go-again-attitude.

Although, hearing the line-upon-line march towards Nazism is hard to hear; hopefully it keeps us watchful for the same mistakes in our future. Hearing this story, reminds me to not always take the easy and safe road. Sometimes, you have to take the hard road that doesn't end in a happy ending, except it does end in an eternal happy ending. This bit of history is well worth your time and money to listen to.

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Informative, a great book!


I learned of the depth of Bonhoeffer's resistance to the Nazis and the ultimate price he paid, all the while serving our Lord Jesus Christ. A great audio book, informative, enjoyable, and a very sober ending.

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Inspiring and historically illuminating

I studied German history for gcse but this puts a human and German, as well as a Christian face on it.