Today, April 9, is the commemoration of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the twentieth-century German theologian who defied the Nazis. On this day, we pray for all who suffer under and defy political oppression, and we commend to you these books by or about Bonhoeffer from our friends at Fortress Press.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works—Reader's Edition Set
Using the acclaimed Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English translation and adapted to a more accessible format, these new editions of Discipleship, Ethics, Letters and Papers from Prison, and Life Together feature the latest translations of Bonhoeffer’s works, supplemental material from Victoria J. Barnett, and insightful introductions by Geffrey B. Kelly, Clifford J. Green, and John W. de Gruchy. Learn more and purchase the set.
"After Ten Years": Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Our Times by Victoria J. Barnett
Bonhoeffer’s witness and example is more relevant than ever. A testimony to that is a crucial essay penned by Bonhoeffer in 1942; "After Ten Years" is a succinct and sober reflection, and remains one of the best descriptions ever written about what happened to the German people under National Socialism. This volume presents this timely and unique essay in a fresh translation and a penetrating introduction and analysis of the importance of this essay—in Bonhoeffer’s time and now in our own. Learn more and purchase “After Ten Years.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Ethical Self: Christology, Ethics, and Formation by Clark J. Elliston
This book suggests that a concern for otherness permeates all of Bonhoeffer’s work. Furthermore, Clark Elliston articulates, drawing on Bonhoeffer, a constructive vision of Christian selfhood defined by its orientation towards otherness. Taking Bonhoeffer as both the origin and point of return, the text engages Emmanuel Levinas and Simone Weil as dialogue partners who likewise stress the role of the other for self-understanding, albeit in diverse ways. By reading Bonhoeffer “through” their voices, one enhances Bonhoeffer’s already fertile understanding of responsibility. Learn more and purchase Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Ethical Self.
Theologian of Resistance: The Life and Thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Christiane Tietz (Author), Victoria J. Barnett (Translator)
Since Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s death in 1945, he has continued to fascinate and compel readers as a theologian, witness, and martyr. In this new biography, Christiane Tietz masterfully portrays the interconnectedness of Bonhoeffer’s life and thought, theology and politics, discipleship, witness, and resistance, tracing the path from his childhood to his imprisonment and execution. Brief, lucid, and accessible, Tietz’s new account brings Bonhoeffer’s story and work to life in a vivid retelling, unfolding his important and widely read texts in the process. The volume also includes previously unseen pictures. Learn more and purchase Theologian of Resistance.
Engaging Bonhoeffer: The Impact and Influence of Bonhoeffer's Life and Thought by Matthew D. Kirkpatrick
Engaging Bonhoeffer documents the extraordinary impact of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and writing on later thought. Despite his lasting legacy, little substantial scholarship has been conducted in this area. In this magisterial collection, leading international scholars fill this striking gap and critically demonstrate the ways in which Bonhoeffer has been one of the most original, inspirational, and provocative writers of the twentieth century. Learn more and purchase Engaging Bonhoeffer.