[I] recently finished Eric Metaxes book, Bonhoeffer. It was a fascinatingly compelling story of a theologian who was killed for his role in a conspiracy against Hitler.
I was most impressed by his own spiritual disciplines as well as his awareness of how to culturally navigate his faith in a time when so many others in his country were either caught off guard or rendered helpless by the events.
It reminds me of a quote from William Matthews: “Unless a man has trained himself for his chance, the chance will only make him look ridiculous.”
Bonhoeffer certainly had trained himself for his chance and lived his calling faithfully to the end. His is a long and impressive legacy. Bonhoeffer is well known today for his books such as The Cost of Discipleship and Ethics.
Here are a few of his quotes that stood out to me from this book.
“Where the Church is, there is never loneliness.”
“Where books are burned they will in the end burn people too.”
“Thought precedes action as lightening precedes thunder.”
“It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but the marriage that sustains your love.”