Overview (Spoilers): When I decided to read Bonhoeffer, little did I know it would answer a question I’d pondered from time to time, regarding the role or stance of the church in Germany leading up to and during World War II. Metaxas details every aspect of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life from his cheerful family-filled childhood to his ultimate execution by the Nazis, mere weeks before they surrendered to the Allies. Bonhoeffer was a highly educated, theologian that outspokenly opposed the Nazis much to his own peril. He had the foresight to grasp the larger picture of the Nazis evil and intentions far before many of his contemporaries. Early in the book, the multitude of minute of details grew to be a bit monotonous with regard to his incredibly happy childhood, however as he grew up the excessive detail truly seemed to capture a glimpse of Detrich’s demeanor and personality. The tragic ending with the failed assassination of Hitler during Valkyrie, resulted in the deaths of so many high ranking, good individuals, including Bonhoeffer who was a initial conspirator, despite having already spent over a year and a half in jail. Additionally, while reading this book I had the overwhelming feeling that I should have been keeping a diary since I was young. I hadn’t felt that way since reading Catherine the Great. One of the main reasons we know intricate details about these historical figures is the letters and more important, their personal writings. Not saying I’ll be historically important, but a girl can dream. I don’t mind the thought of someone pouring over my writings decades or even centuries after my inevitable death. With that being said, in general we don’t write personal letters anymore, due to the advent of emails, which will be lost after the owner’s death as a result of passwords. Will we be a historically absent generation due to our lack of leaving behind tangible, physical breadcrumbs? Also, the love letters exchanged in this book were beyond beautiful. Pretty please can this practice come back into fashion? Overall, Bonhoeffer is a fascinating look into Nazi Germany from a German’s perspective. So often, it is easy to forget about the individuals in Germany that resisted Hitler’s rule. In Bonhoeffer a tale of trial, tribulation, and death is weaved regarding the choices the church made, as well as the Nazi’s manipulations during their rise to power.