Eric Metaxas Stops in Nashville on Bonhoeffer Tour

8 Mar

In January, I posted about five life-changing books I read in 2012. One of those, was Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it! It is a vital read for this day and time! I am a HUGE Dietrich Bonhoeffer fan now and a few of his published books are on my ever-growing to-read list!

I’m also an Eric Metaxas fan, as well! I recently read his short book, No Pressure, Mr. President! The Power of Belief in a Time of Crisis, about his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast last year and I just downloaded the Kindle edition of another book he wrote, Amazing Grace, which is only $2.99 on Amazon for the month of March!

Courtesy of ericmetaxas.com

Eric Metaxas / Courtesy of ericmetaxas.com

This past Tuesday, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Bonhoeffer Tour: An Evening with Eric Metaxas New York Times #1 Best Selling Author sold-out engagement in Nashville!  I loved how Doug Hudson, who introduced Metaxas, set the tone for the event in his brief speech.  Hudson commented that the night was not to celebrate Bonhoeffer or Metaxas, but “to celebrate Jesus Christ who is the root of our courage.” Can I get an “Amen”?!  It was such a blessing to be able to attend a talk that focused on two men striving to do God’s will so that others may know the love and grace of Jesus!

Having read two of Metaxas’ books already, I had a lot of background information prior to this event.  The Q & A session at the end was a great opportunity to hear Metaxas expand on certain issues and concerns.  One of the biggest, is the fact that there are so many parallels between the state of America today and that of early Nazi Germany.

Metaxas discussed that Hitler and the Nazis started out by “resricting religious liberty,” which was enabled because the church didn’t “seem to be willing to fight.” Metaxas went on to acknowledge later, “Religious liberty is genuinely being threatened right now.”  Of course, this is clear based on the pending  implementation of the HHS mandate and attacks on the vocation of marriage.  Metaxas also made this point:

If you don’t stand up early, it’s a lot harder to speak up later on.

Due to being in the blogging world, I have had the opportunity to read so many great posts by other Catholics.  I am very encouraged that there are so many Christians in this country who are standing up and writing about truth and striving to do God’s will!  If you are one of these amazing evangelists, please continue your good work!  Let us imitate Bonhoeffer’s saintly example by praying and acting!  Metaxas stated that Bonhoeffer believed that “prayer must lead to action.”  He truly lived his life based on this truth.  Metaxas also commented, “God calls us to live fully in this world” and “God blesses us to be a blessing.”  Amazing words!  Thank you for your work and example, Mr. Metaxas!  To learn more about Eric Metaxas, check out his conversion story!

May we have the courage to stand up for the right to live our faith, so that we may encourage others to do the same!

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***GIVEAWAY: WIN THIS NEW ADVANCE READER’S COPY of SEVEN MEN: AND THE SECRET OF THEIR GREATNESS!***

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33 Responses to “Eric Metaxas Stops in Nashville on Bonhoeffer Tour”

  1. Peter Ten Kate March 9, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    I have read 2 of Èric’s books and have heard him speak. His work on behalf of God’s kingdom is inspiring.

  2. Ryan March 9, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Hope i win!

  3. Linda March 9, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    I am currently reading the Bonhoeffer biography. I am loving it. So many parallels for our day! I would love to win a copy of “7”!

  4. Chuck Jonas March 9, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Thanks for.sharing

  5. guitpicken61 March 9, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    THAT is what I get from Metaxas’ writings as well. Do something. Say something.

  6. Karen J. Martinez March 9, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Awesome!

  7. Shawn Mitchell March 9, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    I’ve just recently come across some of Eric’s writings, but don’t have any of his books yet, so this would be a great way to start.

    • A Dreamer's Wife March 9, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Good! I can’t wait to read some of his others, including this one! Good luck!

  8. Chrystie March 9, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    So thankful for men like Metaxas sounding the alarm. Wake up America.

    • A Dreamer's Wife March 9, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Agree! He’s inspiring so many of us to stand up and act by sharing the stories of those who have acted before us!

  9. BONNIE BUCKINGHAM March 9, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Love to win any book by Eric Metaxas1

  10. Jonathon Thigpen March 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce lived such inspiring lives and Metaxas captures them so well! I can’t wait to see who the other five he writes about are!

    • A Dreamer's Wife March 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      Yes, he does! I’m excited to read it, too! Thanks for stopping by! Good luck!

  11. Alice March 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    I started reading Metaxas’s book on Bonhoeffer and watched Metaxas’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast! I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of his books. Thanks for blogging abut them!

  12. Meagan March 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Met Eric @ his Bonhoeffer engagement in Atlanta. His humor, insight and kindred love of learning from lives well spent was much enjoyed. To top it all off, my seatmate – a woman I met in the autograph line – did an Eminem impression off the cuff. In a Presbyterian church with a pipe organ. Suhweet.

    • A Dreamer's Wife March 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      Haha! I’m sure you won’t be forgetting that any time soon!

  13. andy March 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Just heard Eric speak last night. Compelling!

  14. Nigel March 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Thank you promoting these books and the story of the glory of God they tell

    • A Dreamer's Wife March 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      These books are definitely life-changing and worth reading! Good luck!

  15. Gerald March 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Reading Bonhoeffer book now… Looking forward to 7

  16. A Dreamer's Wife March 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Thanks, everyone! The winner is @MenOfValorNJ via Twitter! I just started reading Amazing Grace today and can’t wait to check out 7 Men! Keep on readin’!

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