This volume has never before been translated from its original German to English. It is a treasure-trove of diaries, letters, essays, and sermons from when Bonhoeffer was vicar in Barcelona; the preparation of his postdoctoral thesis; occasional lectures; travel in the U.S., Cuba, and Mexico; and his fateful return to academic and ecclesiastical life in Germany. Many do not know of Bonhoeffer's travels before his imprisonment by the Nazis. He was in the United States when he was overwhelmed with guilt for abandoning his countrymen in their time of great need during World War II and returned to Germany to assist a company in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Series offers material from some of Bonhoeffer's most influential thoughts along with biographical information about his life, ministry, and imprisonment. Bonhoeffer was a man of strong convictions; this dedication to the wholeness of the Gospel cost him his life at the hand of the Nazi regime during World War II. Each volume in this series is rich with Bonhoeffer's wisdom of what it takes to follow Christ in a fallen world.