The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2020
*** Best Biography / Memoir of 2020!
Laura M. Fabrycky
With the fraying social fabric and rising nationalism of the twenty-first century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most relevant saints for Western Christians today, and Laura Fabrycky’s Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus is a striking meditation on Bonhoeffer and the space he inhabited. Having served as a tour guide at the Bonhoeffer family home in Berlin, Fabrycky deftly weaves memories of Bonhoeffer and his home into a timely narrative about faithfully embodying Christ in a place. We would do well to pay close attention not only to her rendering of Bonhoeffer, but also to her method of carefully exegeting the place she inhabits and the histories to which it gave shape.
Like many extraordinary books, Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus doesn’t fit neatly into any genre, it is mostly a memoir of place, but with a healthy dose of biography mixed in, and also a good bit of ethical and theological reflection sprinkled throughout. Fabrycky notes that the pressing concern on her mind as she reflected on the co-mingling of Bonhoeffer’s story and her own was that “like Bonhoeffer, we also choose whether to enter more fully into the questions of our time and step into them courageously with hope, or to ignore them and try to evade our responsibilities, shrinking back in fear, disconnection, or despair.” This sort of careful reflection is sorely lacking in our times, and Fabrycky compellingly models it for us in her engagements with Bonhoeffer’s life and place.
- from ERB editor C. Christopher Smith’s review
for Common Good magazine
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