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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Book Review: Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Today's post is by Wendy H. Jones

I appreciate this is a writers blog, but as the name of the blog suggests we are More Than Writers. In today's blog we are also readers. A writer who does not read would be very difficult to find. I am a voracious reader and I would pretty much read the back of a cornflakes packet if it was all that was available. However, I've been saved from cornflake hell by this excellent book by Charles Marsh.

This book is not a quick read. It is 528 pages long and has fairly small writing. However, every single page is fascinating. This is a detailed and in depth look at the life of Dietrich Bonhoefer. However, this book is so interesting it kept me reading, and reading until I and finished it. The way it is written makes it easy to read and the prose flows well. Marsh has obviously done his research as this book is packed with fascinating insight and detail about Bonhoeffer's life

The book works on multiple levels as it is so much more than a biography.  It is also a historical exposition of life during that time. The detailed level of research book ensures historical accuracy and interest.

 I enjoyed this book and learnt so much about both Bonhoeffer and the times. I would not hesitate to highly recommend.

About the Author

Wendy H. Jones lives in, Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer's Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series.




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    1. Thanks Deborah. Glad you enjoyed it

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  2. It sounds interesting, Wendy. And I think most of us are like you and read everything in sight. At least all this book reviewing saves you from the monotony of the cereal packet! :)

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    1. Thanks Joy. I do occasionally read rice crispy packets as well.

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  3. 70th anniversary of his death this week:

    http://www.moot.uk.net/2015/04/09/today-the-church-remembers-dietrich-bonhoeffer-a-founding-father-of-new-monasticism/

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