Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-02-24


Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, has been named this year’s recipient of the John Pollock Award for Christian Biography given by Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. 

Metaxas will receive the award from Beeson dean Dr. Timothy George during an 11 a.m. service Tuesday, March 1, in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel. He will also speak on the same topic as his book. The public is invited.  

The honoree’s eclectic career spans work as a writer and editor for Chuck Colson’s nationally syndicated daily radio program, Breakpoint, to writing children’s books for VeggieTales, including the bestseller God Made You Special! He is the author of the acclaimed biography Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. 

Metaxas’ book on Deitrich Bonhoeffer chronicles the life of the German pastor who was executed in a concentration camp after opposing Adolph Hitler.

The Pollock award honors Christian biographer John C. Pollock, a British writer of more than 30 books on religion, including The Billy Graham Story. The award is presented annually to the author of the year’s outstanding Christian biography.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.