I love background stories and this book is structured in such a way as to tell the personal story of Dietrich’s life, including stories of his family. Bonhoeffer was a man young people always followed and this student edition has been masterfully adapted for that target audience.
Some have called the Bible a love letter from God. While some parts of the Bible do not really remind of a St. Valentine’s notes, when one takes the Old Testament and New Testament, it is easy to notice the underlying golden thread that is present throughout the story. “I made you, I love you, I want to know you and I want you to know Me. Here I am.” God opens up and tells us enough to know so we can trust Him without wavering.
Some uber-Christian mama decided to creatively solve a problem when her kids asked if they could read Harry Potter books. She… rewrote the story. I always say that Harry Potter is not a Bible substitute (far from it!) and I don’t say that everyone should read it. But if you want to twist something… I don’t know. It’s cheap, it’s low, and it’s terrible.
I enjoyed this book. It was not one of the “happy” books you read and everything is working out just as planned. There are difficulties that the characters face and they HAVE to deal with them. Yet the book also provides hope and joy that surpasses just this life. Once again, I liked the magic part about it, the belief in the Maybe. If anything, this book once again shows that we, adults, should learn from kids about what it means to truly believe… even when times are hard and we have to do something that hurts and scares us.