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October 27, 2014 in Bonhoeffer for the Twenty-First Century, Bonhoeffer Reviews, Book Reviews, Books, Charles Marsh, Discipleship, International Bonhoeffer Society, Standing Against Evil in Society, Who is Dietrich Bonhoeffer? | Tags: blog about dietrich bonhoeffer, bonhoeffer books, bonhoefferblog, book review, Charles Marsh, dietrich bonhoeffer, dr. bryan galloway, International Bonhoeffer Society, International Bonhoeffer Society Newsletter, Javier Alejandro Garcia, Strange Glory, University of Cambridge | Leave a comment
In the Summer 2014 Edition of the publication, International Bonhoeffer Society Newsletter, there is a review of Charles Marsh’s book, Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The reviewer is Javier Alejandro Garcia (Doctoral Student at the University of Cambridge, England). Garcia began his review with: “This new biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer promises to please readers on a number of different levels.” Garcia explained…
- Marsh’s talent for storytelling…
- New material, ranging from anecdotes, pictures, and postcards to additional contextual information that lend greater shape to the world he inhabited.
- Marsh’s veteran handling of theological concepts.
- Most welcome is Marsh’s effort to discover Bonhoeffer’s personality. In contrast to common hagiography, this biographer presents the less desirable characteristics of his subject along with the good. Unexpected moments of immaturity, loneliness, indecisiveness, as well as arrogance, fear, and a “volcanic temper, are coupled with the conviction, faithfulness, which came to define him.
- Marsh’s doses of realism demonstrate Bonhoeffer’s incredible capacity to adapt to intractable situations that surrounded him.