Friday, November 11, 2011

A Week of Bonhoeffer

For the last week or so I've worked on the radio show prep for FamilyLife's interview with Eric Metaxas, the author of a very engaging biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This involved summarizing about a 600 page book into a 27 page document, and developing enough questions for two days of radio interviews.

It about killed me (and my family, I think) trying to squeeze it in around my other work, in the evenings and weekends, but it was a GREAT privilege that deeply enriched my soul. Being saturated in the story of Bonhoeffer's life was inspiring to say the least.

It was also a privilege to meet Eric and to get to know him during our 37 minute ride from the airport to his hotel. Yes of course we're close friends now. He even committed right there on the spot to preach at my future grandson-in-laws wedding! What a guy.

One of the things that impressed me about Eric was his diverse background. He has written for Veggie Tales, for Chuck Colson, and a number of other children's books as well. He also wrote a biography of William Wilberforce that my mom just finished and adored.

It was pretty encouraging to watch this video of his testimony to hear how he came to faith out of college, after having a very aggressively secular experience at Yale University.

He has also started a group called Socrates in the city. it's a gathering of people in New York City that want to hear talks on different faith related topics. He recently edited a book that compiles some of the best talks from those meetings and it is very interesting and funny. The introductions he gives to the speakers are really the highlight of the book.

Now,we didn't get to discuss it but I learned afterwards that he also helps lead a meeting of men that gather on a monthly basis to discuss how they can do a better job of leading their families. That, of course, is a deep burden of mine and I'm excited to see another man pursuing that issue, especially in a place like New York City.

Eric Metaxas is Another Man Trying


John and Pam Majors said...

How exciting to read about your time with him. I can't wait to hear about the new book and how you like it. What a great author.

John and Pam Majors said...

Wow, I just watched the video, pretty amazing conversion story!