A book that reads you

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.”                                            —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Eric Metaxas’ 2010 biography of Deitrich Bonhoeffer came up in conversation yesterday. Metaxas is speaking Feb. 22 at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis—it’s sold out buy you can get tickets to the simulcast. I’m sure it will be worth the $19. Here’s the clip about it:

Bonhoeffer Tour Promo with Eric Metaxas from The Hub on Vimeo.

So, as I was saying, the biography came up in conversation, and someone described it as one of those books that “read you.” When I did a double take at this phrase, she said she took it from her pastor, Jason Meyer, who describes Scripture as a book that reads your life while you think you’re reading it.

Exactly. That is exactly what happened to me as I read Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.

I listened to most of the book on audio CDs, so I can’t find the exact wording or page of the line that struck me most profoundly in the book, but I want to share it with you anyway. Seems to me a few men were having a very serious discussion about whether to join the conspiracy against Hitler. Someone must have recommended not getting involved. Another man made the following reply:

“Years from now, people look back on this period of Germany’s history and grieve. Then they will turn to me and say, ‘And what were you doing at the time?’”

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2 Responses to "A book that reads you"

  1. thyrkas says:

    Yes, Bonhoeffer’s biography is a powerful story that turns a mirrior on our own lives. Maybe we also need to ask ourselves “what are we doing here and now?” when we observe today’s challenges in the world. Perhaps the time for talk is over, and the time for action has come for us, too.

    • Tracey says:

      Yes, and I was also impressed by the way Bonhoeffer expected God to speak to him and give him personal direction through Scripture. I’m eager to read his book Meditating on the Word. I want to know God and his Word that intimately.


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