In Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus, Laura M. Fabrycky, an American guide of the Bonhoeffer-Haus in Berlin, takes readers on a tour of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s home, city, and world. She shares the keys she has discovered there—the many sources of Bonhoeffer’s identity, his practices of Scripture meditation and prayer, his willingness to cross boundaries and befriend people all around the world—that have unlocked her understanding of her own life and responsibilities in light of Bonhoeffer’s wisdom.
Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus tells his story in new ways and invites us to think beyond him into our own lives and civic responsibilities. Fabrycky shows readers how to consider what befriending Bonhoeffer might mean for us and the ways we live our lives today. Ultimately, through her transformative tour of Bonhoeffer’s Berlin, she inspires readers to discover and embrace responsible forms of civic agency and loving, sacrificial action on behalf of our neighbors.
Deeply personal and reflective, Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus describes American ex-pat Laura M. Fabrycky’s experiences giving tours at the Bonhoeffer-Haus during her husband’s diplomatic assignment in Berlin. In our own turbulent era in European and American history, she offers profound and moving reflections on what history can teach us about living mindfully and faithfully.
—Dr. Victoria Barnett, General Editor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition
Part biography, part travel memoir, and part call to action, this book challenges us to draw from Bonhoeffer’s life the difficult, important, and often messy lessons of living a life worthy of one’s calling. Bravo to Fabrycky for so thoughtfully connecting today’s challenges to last century’s darkest moments.
—Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
In this marvelously engaging book, Fabrycky has given folks who may never visit the Bonhoeffer-Haus in Berlin a chance to unlock the doors and linger in its rooms. In these pages Bonhoeffer speaks to us again, and in new ways that are crucial for the journey of faith in our own day.
—Rev. Dr. Richard Mouw, Professor of Faith and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary
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