The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Recommended for devotional use by Protestant Christians.


One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus in this classic text on ethics, humanism, and civic duty.

What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.” “Cheap grace,” Bonhoeffer wrote, “is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.”

The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German psychiatrist, he studied in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Nazis, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitler failed, he was hanged in April 1945.
Published August 16, 2011 by SCM Press. 310 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 01 2010

Recommended for devotional use by Protestant Christians.

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Reviewed by Alan Rudnick on Sep 11 2009

Bonhoeffer gives a more complete understanding of what it means to follow Christ’s direction and how much it costs.

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Reviewed by Eric Wilson on Jan 21 2009

Wwill it reach the average believer with truths that apply to daily life and seem to come from a place we can relate to? For me, the answer is no.

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Reviewed by Jonathon J. on Sep 05 2009

This would be something good to read for someone who has a solid conviction of his own theological worldview.

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