Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross Was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda by Erwin W. Lutzer


The story of Nazi Germany is one of conflict between two saviors and two crosses.

Deine Reich komme,” Hitler prayed publicly—“Thy Kingdom come.” But to whose kingdom was he referring?

When Germany truly needed a savior, Adolf Hitler falsely assumed the role. He directed his countrymen to a cross, but he bent and hammered the true cross into a horrific substitute: a swastika.

Where was the church through all of this? With a few exceptions, the German church looked away while Hitler inflicted his “Final Solution” upon the Jews. Hitler’s Cross is a chilling historical account of what happens when evil meets a silent, shrinking church, and an intriguing and convicting exposé of modern America’s own hidden crosses.

Erwin W. Lutzer extracts a number of lessons from this dark chapter in world history, such as:

  • The dangers of confusing church and state
  • The role of God in human tragedy
  • The parameters of Satan’s freedom

Hitler’s Cross is the story of a nation whose church forgot its call and discovered its failure way too late. It is a cautionary tale for every church and Christian to remember who the true King is.

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Title: Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross Was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda

Series (if applicable): N/A

Author: Erwin W. Lutzer, Ravi Zacharias (Foreword)

Publisher (if applicable): Moody Publishers

Genre(s): Nonfiction, WWII, History

Recommended Age: 16+, for interest as well as some facts that are highly disturbing.

My Rating: five stars

My Review:

I was really excited to discover this book. I’ve been extremely interest in WWII and wanted to learn more about the history. When I opened and started reading it, I realized how in-depth and well-written it was. There was a lot of information that took a while for me to sift through, and there were many paragraphs that surprised me. I didn’t know how evil Hitler was (like I did, but apparently didn’t since I didn’t realize he had many personal hobbies that were very gross and sinful).

It touched on Hitler and other men that he was fond of, deciding God was dead and all of that stuff. Pastor Lutzer’s writing is amazing! He does not shy away from the truth nor does he sugarcoat anything, keeping everything true to it’s core. Honestly, the book got so chilling for me (mainly because I just couldn’t understand why those historical figures could believe those awful things) that I wasn’t able to finish it. I think this is an important book for everyone to read, especially if you are interested in WWII like I am, but you’d have to prepare yourself for how tough of an impact this book will have on you. I wouldn’t have any younger children read this because of how descriptive it is as well as topics it touches on (such as Hitler being fond of porn), which is why I recommend 16 or older (maybe 15). I’d like to go back and attempt to finish this once I’m ready to do so since it’s very important to our understanding of history that everyone should know.

Content Warnings: Touches on topics that may be uncomfortable for people, such as Hitler’s love of porn, that God is dead, historical figures believing themselves to be gods, etc.

I received this book from Moody Publishers Newsroom in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive one. This review was written in my own words and opinions. Check out my Amazon Afflilate Link and Reviewer Disclaimer pages.


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