Our 2007 gala keynote speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Eric Mataxas, will lecture on his new work, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. The speech will be Webcast October 7, from Noon-1:00 p.m. by the Family Research Council (register here). Those who saw Eric that night know how engaging, entertaining and enlightening he is. Mixed in with intellectual discussion was a hardy blend of humor and poignancy. In fact, FRC used a review of ours in promoting the lecture. We're sure this lecture will be worth every minute of your time. This is what we think of Eric:

[Metaxas'] speaking style, a combination of edgy wit, charm, inspiration, evangelization, thoughtfulness and historical narrative of lessons learned and values by which to live, took the crowd through laughter, pensiveness, inspiration and motivation. The feedback on the entire night was tremendous, with unsolicited compliments calling it the best gala ever.

In his new book, Mataxas took on yet another historical figure whose religious conviction moved him to right injustice: The Lutheran minister Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who had a life mixed with religion and intrigue. Here's a synopsis of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy from Reed Business Information:

In this weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas offers a comprehensive review of one of history's darkest eras, along with a fascinating exploration of the familial, cultural and religious influences that formed one of the world's greatest contemporary theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous research to unpack the confluence of circumstances and personalities that led Germany from the defeat of WWI to the atrocities of WWII. Abundant source documentation (sermons, letters, journal entries, lectures, the Barman Declaration) brings to life the personalities and experiences that shaped Bonhoeffer: his highly intellectual, musical family; theologically liberal professors, pastoral colleagues and students; his extensive study, work, and travel abroad. Tracing Bonhoeffer's developing call to be a Jeremiah-like prophet in his own time and a growing understanding that the church was called "to speak for those who could not speak," Metaxas details Bonhoeffer's role in religious resistance to Nazism, and provides a compelling account of the faith journey that eventually involved the Lutheran pastor in unsuccessful attempts to assassinate Hitler. Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history and theology.

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