119 - Fyodor Dostoevsky

This book was an excellent read.  I found the author to be insightful and a great writer.  The only complaint was that this book seemed to drag at times.  Dostoevsky was an excellent writer, but not the most interesting man on the planet.  To be honest, it made me wonder if there were some individuals who accomplished great things, but didn't live in a way worth writing about.  Dostoevsky wrote some amazing books, and was a great Christian man, yet his biography was less than incredible.

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118 - Bonhoeffer

I felt pretty sure that I would have difficulty reading the book, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich, but really wanted to know about the man, so I ordered the book on CD. I am so glad I did! The reader, Malcolm Hillgartner, has the best expression, is clear to understand, and handles the German names and phrases with ease and authentic accent. Is is easy to get into the mood of the story and find myself involved with Bonhoeffer's life struggles as I listen to this biography which was written so masterfully by Eric Metaxas. All my life I have heard reference to the ideas or writings of Bonhoeffer from the pulpit, and had no idea who the man himself was. This book makes him so real. The title is a rich summary of Bonhoeffer's life, and I would add to it: Hero.