My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love

A staggering love illuminating the dark corners of a Nazi prison 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 r A staggering love illuminating the dark corners of a Nazi prison Renowned German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is famous...

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Title:My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love
Author:Amanda Barratt
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0825446058
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:360 pages pages

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love Reviews

  • Rachel McMillan
    Jun 08, 2019
    One of the most impeccably researched books I have ever read in any genre in my reading life. ...
  • Sarah Sundin
    Jul 10, 2019
    Beautiful and inspiring! Amanda Barratt brings these two historical figures to life in truly lovely prose, and the description of life in Nazi Germany is well-researched and harrowing, highlighting the heartrending choices faced by people of conscience. If you?re already familiar wit...
  • Jenni
    May 24, 2019
    Words cannot portray the immense impact this story has left. Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Barratt?s novel My Dearest Dietrich will leave an impression long after the pages are read. ?Our love was destined to begin just when we parted... You felt you ?couldn?t go on.?...
  • Renee
    Jun 22, 2019
    ?I hold your picture in my hand every night, and tell you lots of things?lots of ?do you remembers,? and ?later ons??so many of them that I finally can?t help believing that they?re only a small step away from the present. And then I tell you all the things that can...
  • Molly
    Oct 08, 2019
    Wow! This book really challenged me. I usually read a couple of books a week but this book despite being only 350 pages long took me two weeks to finish. I could only read so much each day. I think I cried reading every chapter. Pre-knowing the fate of Dietrich Bonhoeffer made this boo...
  • Susan
    Jun 26, 2019
    I?m assuming most Christians know the basics on Dietrich Bonhoeffer ? German Christian pastor who was part of a conspiracy to bring down Hitler; was found out, imprisoned, and executed in a concentration camp. When I saw that a new novel was out which featured the relationship b...
  • Jocelyn Green
    Feb 15, 2019
    As beautiful as it is brave, My Dearest Dietrich is an illuminating novel that both exposes the darkness and chases the shadows away. This is a multi-faceted story of the highest stakes and the deepest loves, and Amanda Barratt has proved herself worthy of its telling. ...
  • Melissa Tagg
    Jun 19, 2019
    Oh my goodness, this book! First of all, can I just say how amazing 2019 has been for books that blow me away? I mean, I read a lot. And I'd say each year, there are quite a few books I really, really like...and maybe 10 or 12 that make me think, wow, that was even better than expec...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    Jun 06, 2019
    'It was what it all came down to in the end. He wanted to live, to see his parents and marry Maria, but ultimately it wasn't about him. It was about submitting to the will of One greater than himself, seeking that will more than he sought everything else. Valued anything else.' How ...
  • Suzie Waltner
    Jun 17, 2019
    A couple days after finishing this book, I am still wrecked. Words cannot do this novel justice because it?s such a heart-level story, but I?m going to try anyway. As someone who grew up in the church, I knew of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as well as bits and pieces of his life and deat...
  • Leslie
    Jun 23, 2019
    Given the huge impact the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer have had on Christianity, he has obtained somewhat of a "Protestant Saint" status. Due to the myth and legend that exist concerning his life, many individuals do not think about the rest of his life and that he was a human being...
  • Susie Finkbeiner
    Jan 28, 2019
    Review to come. I'm too wrecked and amazed to write one now. ...
  • Joan
    Jun 22, 2019
    I have mixed feelings about this book. It is very well written and very well researched. The characters were developed well. Barratt really gave a sense of the dilemma Christians felt when the leader of their country went horribly wrong. Some felt it was their duty to serve their count...
  • Kate Breslin
    Jun 22, 2019
    It is not often I read a novel that lingers with me long after I?ve finished the last page and closed the book. My Dearest Dietrich is just such a story. Author Amanda Barratt combines stellar writing and craft to create a world based on truth, and infused with such intimate knowledg...
  • Chris Jager
    May 06, 2019
    When you have heard of one of the great men of faith your whole life it is hard to imagine him as just a man. Barrattt does a great job of reminding us that Dietrich was just that, a man trying to do what he believed was right, loving a woman he wanted to marry. As he did those simple ...
  • Rebecca
    May 29, 2019
    "Always remember. It is only space that separates us." It takes an extraordinary writer to pen a story whose ending is eternity and whose beginning brings it back to life for all the world to see. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who arguably possessed one of the most brilliant theological mind...
  • Raechel
    Jul 21, 2019
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer left behind a remarkable legacy. I loved the look into his life that this book brought. Getting to know his ?lost love? was an enjoyable story with a bittersweet end. He was a man of stalwart faith, and reading about his life, even through fiction, is an encour...
  • Sydney
    Jun 07, 2019
    Amanda Barratt has written a page-turning and beautifully haunting love story of Bonhoeffer and his Maria von Wedemeyer in her novel My Dearest Dietrich. From page one the story and the characters spring to life through the story and the historical details, which have obviously and met...
  • Jeanne Alfveby Crea
    May 27, 2019
    Oh my, I just finished this most beautiful story! Absolutely a FIVE STAR read. So many words come to mind when thinking of thinking of My Dearest Dietrich, these are just a few: brave, tender, lovely, moving, sad, horrific circumstances, evil, courageous, faithful. I knew little about ...
  • Kailey
    Jun 07, 2019
    ?Nein, Maria. Nothing is ever godforsaken. He is in everything ... In the giving and taking of life. In all of our moments, even this one.? It?s so hard to find the words to do this book justice. It?s such a wonderfully beautiful and haunting story of love and loss. Amanda B...
  • Lucy
    Jun 09, 2019
    It took me a few days to digest what I read, like when I went to the Holocaust Museum it is almost to much to take in. This book is a treasure trove of nuggets waiting to be mined and applied to your life. It has the ability to change you and make you a better person, because of what C...
  • Marie Pinkham
    Jun 09, 2019
    ?Overhead, there was no sky.? So begins this haunting and heart-wrenching tale of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer. Amanda Barratt pens a novel borne of years of research and meticulous attention to factual details. That she holds great respect for the subjects of her bo...
  • Rachael
    May 23, 2019
    I think every reader starts a book with certain expectations. I expected this book to be good because I knew about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Haven?t most? This book wasn?t just good, it was unforgettable. I found it amazing how enthralled I was with the story, knowing the outcome. I...
  • Rachel
    Jun 28, 2019
    A lovely look at Bonhoeffer's fiance, a lady many of his fans might not know about. It's a beautiful and stirring look into the quick but powerful love affair. Well researched and inspired by the many letters Maria and Dietrich shared, especially while he was imprisoned. I highly recom...
  • Susan
    Jun 10, 2019
    This is a hauntingly beautiful tale- the kind that haunts the reader long after the last page has been read. It is a poignant love story of two people who become extraordinary during a dark time in history. It is a story of faith and how that faith becomes a beacon of light within such...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    Jun 28, 2019
    Barratt has written a beautiful, poignant story about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. My first recommendation is to read it slow. I am usually a speed reader, but with this story I purposefully took my time. First of all, there is so much history to be learned. Barratt's desire to stay true to hi...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    Jun 16, 2019
    *blows nose, dabs eyes, and takes a deep breath* Wow. Where do I start? This book is beautifully written, impeccably researched, and as inspirational as it is heartbreaking. If you want to know the cost of discipleship, read this book. I mean, you could read Dietrich?s own words a...
  • Abby Breuklander
    May 28, 2019
    Love love and love this story. Loving someone is one of the easiest and the hardest things we will ever do. It's promising to stay beside someone through everything, not just the happy moments, but the heart-wrenching, gut-punching, take- your- very- breath rough stuff too. It's lettin...
  • Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
    Jun 08, 2019
    From the time I first read that this book was going to be published, I wanted to read it. Yet when I got my copy, I did not immediately begin reading it. I knew there was not going to be a traditional happy ending to Dietrich and Maria?s story. Even after I started reading it, I?d ...
  • Kriste
    Oct 15, 2019
    Such an interesting perspective for this WW2 story. I'm looking forward to the live author chat :) ...