My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love by Amanda Barratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A singularly stirring rendition of the life and death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Maria is a young acquaintance of Pastor Bonhoeffer and falls in love with him though her mother forbids. Written and voiced from Maria’s perspective, the harsh reality of the Third Reich is seen as unacceptable but not insurmountable. I am blessed most by the picture of Dietrich as the beloved pastor and helper even in prison (anybody see Joseph here?)
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Renowned German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is famous for his resistance to the Nazi regime and for his allegiance to God over government. But what few realize is that the last years of his life also held a love story that rivals any romance novel.
Maria von Wedemeyer knows the realities of war. Her beloved father and brother have both been killed on the battlefield. The last thing this spirited young woman needs is to fall for a man under constant surveillance by the Gestapo. How can she give another piece of her heart to a man so likely to share the same final fate? Yet when Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an old family friend, comes to comfort the von Wedemeyers after their losses, she discovers that love isn’t always logical.
Dietrich himself has determined to keep his distance from romantic attachments. There is too much work to be done for God, and his involvement in the conspiracy is far too important. But when he encounters a woman whose intelligence and conviction match his own, he’s unprepared for how easy it is to give away his heart.
With their deep love comes risk – and neither Dietrich nor Maria is prepared for just how great that risk soon becomes.
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