How does one read the signs of the times? What does it mean to resist? How do we engage faithfully in struggle? Dietrich Bonhoeffer has achieved iconic status as one who epitomizes what it means to struggle and resist tyranny and fascism and how one acts in faithful witness as a religious and political commitment.
Bonhoeffer’s witness and example is more relevant than ever. A testimony to that is a crucial essay penned by Bonhoeffer in 1942; "After Ten Years" is a succinct and sober reflection, and remains one of the best descriptions ever written about what happened to the German people under National Socialism. This volume presents this timely and unique essay in a fresh translation and a penetrating introduction and analysis of the importance of this essay—in Bonhoeffer’s time and now in our own.
“Vicki Barnett, like few others can do, brings alive Bonhoeffer’s powerful words to remind us not of incomplete parallels to the crises of our times, but to ask us to consider our place in history and how we will deal with the ground under our own feet. No one can read her brilliant essay or Bonhoeffer’s own reflections without pondering their urgent relevance today.”
—Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary and Professor of Public Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary
"In my view, Victoria Barnett is the world's foremost Bonhoeffer scholar. This brief new work elevates Dietrich Bonhoeffer's 'After Ten Years' essay to the central place in the Bonhoeffer canon that it deserves. Barnett's new introduction to this seminal Bonhoeffer text helps readers understand it better in its own context -- and in the context of our own troubled times. Highly recommended."
—David P. Gushee, Mercer University, President of Society of Christian Ethics
“Readers of this text will find in its pages a work that has the ability to inform their context with depth and insight. This is an amazing accomplishment considering that a young German scholar wrote it in 1942. Victoria Barnett’s treatment of this text is characteristic of the careful professional scholarship to which her readers are accustomed, and is a significantly helpful complement to the essay for contemporary readers.”
—Reggie L. Williams, McCormick Theological Seminary
“With great finesse, Victoria Barnett’s introduction to After Ten Years honors Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s resistance to Hitler, without exaggerating it; admits that Bonhoeffer’s work sometimes included anti-Judaic claims, without dismissing it as irredeemably ant-Judaic; and shows how Bonhoeffer’s commitment to victims of Nazi German evolved, without suggesting his economic status prevented him from understanding the suffering of others. She also cautiously, almost indirectly, invites readers to consider Bonhoeffer’s work in light of our own troubled political time. Her analysis and summary of this important document will be invaluable to anyone interested in Bonhoeffer’s work and the historical context in which it was written.”
—Nancy Duff, Princeton Theological Seminary