The Faithful Spy


“This is the end—for me the Beginning of Life.”

-last recorded words of Deitrich Bonhoeffer

From Amazon: Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the established political and religious authorities. When the Nazis outlaw the church, he escapes as a fugitive. Struggling to reconcile his faith and the teachings of the Bible with the Nazi Party’s evil agenda, Bonhoeffer decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible!
In his signature style of interwoven handwritten text and art, John Hendrix tells the true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor who makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to free the German people from oppression during World War II. 

Part graphic novel, but also not really I wasn’t sure how this book would read when I picked it up. Wow, it was so inspiring I couldn’t put it down and closed it with tears in my eye as I reflected on Bonhoeffer’s life and sacrifice. I could not wait to recommend it to you.

Bonhoeffer’s story is amazing on its own. He stood up to Hitler when so many Germans did not. John Hendrix tells Bonhoeffer’s story in a fresh way. He uses illustrations and color to tell the story of Hitler’s rise to power in tandem with Bonhoeffer’s story. Sharing so much of the history of the Nazi party and Germany gives readers a wider perspective as they read. Obviously Hendrix could not include everything, but the parts he chose to tell were well-chosen and well-told. This book was amazing.

I would recommend The Faithful Spy to teenage readers (and their parents). Not because there is anything graphic or inappropriate, but because the content includes a depth of thought that will be lost on younger readers. Many of Bonhoeffer’s words are quoted directly and his struggle in knowing how to fight the Nazi’s as a Christian is portrayed. This is a book that will make you think. It is also a book that is hard to stop reading once you start.

The Faithful Spy is a book I want my kids to read and the way Hendrix tells this story is so engaging I think it is a book they will want to read too.

Have you read The Faithful Spy? Are there any biographies you have discovered that are uniquely told that you could recommend? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

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