Recommended Reading

Below is our initial attempt at a thematic bibliography for Bonhoeffer study. This is by no means an exhaustive list but is limited to those books that we recommend for any given aspect of Bonhoeffer studies. Where the book title is hyperlinked this will take you to a review of the book on The Bonhoefferian. Further recommendations are welcomed.


Eberhard Bethge, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Theologian, Christian, Man for his Times: A Biography, Rev ed. Fortress, (2000).

Renate Wind, A Spoke in the Wheel: Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, SCM, (1991).

Sabine Liebholz-Bonhoeffer, The Bonhoeffers: Portrait of a Family, Covenant, (1994)

Theological Introduction

Sabine Dramm, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Introduction to his Thought, Hendrickson, (2007)

Geffrey B Kelly, Liberating Faith: Bonhoeffer’s Message for Today, Wipf and Stock, (2002)

Stephen Plant, Bonhoeffer, Continuum, (2004)

John D Gruchy (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Cambridge University Press, (1999).

The Reception of Bonhoeffer

Stephen Haynes, The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint, Fortress, (2004)

Keith W Clements, What Freedom? The Persistent Challenge of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bristol Baptist College, (1990).

Politics and Resistance

Craig Slane, Bonhoeffer as Martyr: Social Responsibility and Modern Christian Commitment, Brazos, ( 2004)

Larry Rasmussen, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Reality and Resistance, WestminsterJohn Knox, 2nd Ed., (2005)


John A Phillips, The Form of Christ in the World: A Study of Bonhoeffer’s Christology, Collins, (1967).

The Word of God/Revelation

Frits De Lange, Waiting for the Word: Dietich Bonhoeffer on Speaking About God, Eerdmans, (2000)

Religionless Christianity

Ralph K Wustenberg, A Theology of Life: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Religionless Christianity, Eerdmans, (1998)

Bonhoeffer in Dialogue with Other Theologians

Andreas Pangritz, Karl Barth in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eerdmans, (2000)

War and Peace

Keith W Clements, A Patriotism for Today: Love of Country in Dialogue with the Witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Collins, (1986)

Stanley Hauerwas, Performing the Faith: Bonhoeffer and the Practice of Nonviolence, Brazos, (2004). Also reviewed here.

Christian Ethics

Heinz Eduard Todt, Authentic Faith: Bonhoeffer’s Theological Ethics in Context, Eerdmans, (2007)

Geffrey B Kelly and F Burton Nelson, The Cost of Moral Leadership: The Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eerdmans, (2003).

Josiah V Young, No Difference in the Fare: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Problem of Racism, Eerdmans, (1999).


Clifford Green, Bonhoeffer: Theology of Sociality, Eerdmans, (1999).

Bonhoeffer and Christian Anti-Semitism

Stephen R Haynes, The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives, Fortress, (2006).

3 responses to “Recommended Reading

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  2. Thanks, this is a big help!

  3. Pingback: Recommended Reading for the Study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer « bonhoefferblog

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