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Can it really be God’s will that His children be silent at a time like this? Decrying the cowardice that masquerades as godly meekness, Eric Metaxas summons the Church to battle.

The author of a bestselling biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas reveals the haunting similarities between today’s American Church and the German Church of the 1930s. Echoing the German martyr’s prophetic call, he exhorts his fellow Christians to repent of their silence in the face of evil.

An attenuated and unbiblical “faith” based on what Bonhoeffer called “cheap grace” has sapped the spiritual vitality of millions of Americans. Paying lip service to an insipid “evangelism,” they shrink from combating the evils of our time. Metaxas refutes the pernicious lie that fighting evil politicizes Christianity. As Bonhoeffer and other heroes of the faith insisted, the Church has an irreplaceable role in the culture of a nation. It is our duty to fight the powers of darkness, especially on behalf of the weak and vulnerable.

Silence is not an option. God calls us to defend the unborn, to confront the lies of cultural Marxism, and to battle the globalist tyranny that crushes human freedom. Confident that this is His fight, the Church must overcome fear and enter the fray, armed with the spiritual weapons of prayer, self-sacrifice, and love.

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“Even though Dietrich Bonhoeffer is dead, like Abel, he still speaks. In Letter to the American Church, Eric Metaxas has given him a megaphone. We would do well to heed this five-bell alarm.”

ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ, author of eleven books, including Just Give Me Jesus

“I personally think this is Eric Metaxas’s most important book for us today.”

ERWIN W. LUTZER, pastor emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago

“Letter to the American Church is historically informed, biblically sound, and—I believe—‘Spirit-directed.’”

ALLEN JACKSON, senior pastor of World Outreach Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

“In the pages of this book you now hold in your hands, there is a solemn warning. Read it and heed it and pass it on to many others.”

MICHAEL YOUSSEF, Ph.D., senior pastor of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia, and executive president of Leading the Way