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Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most well-known and beloved theologians of the twentieth century. Renowned for his classic works Life Together and The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer's legacy took on another dimension when he was imprisoned and executed for participating in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

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Lent with Bonhoeffer and Wright 11 Feb. 2013
By Darian Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Two great books for Lent.

The first is "God Is on the Cros"s from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a Christian minister, seminary professor, and theologian who became one of the leading voices of opposition against Nazism during World War II. He was a founding member of Germany's Confessing Church and was executed for participating in a plot to assassinate Hitler. His books "Cost of Discipleship" and "Life Together" have been transformative in my life and walk with Christ.

In "God Is on the Cross" presents forty stirring devotions to guide and inspire readers through Lent and Easter. Each day of the season includes a Scripture passage, with the devotions following themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross. Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's letters and sermons are also included, along with an informative introduction to Bonhoeffer's life.

Lent is about giving up our comfort to show Christ that He is the most important thing to us. I can think of few things that could aid us in sacrificial living during lent than to spend it in a jail cell beside Dietrich Bonhoeffer as we pray, read Scripture and seek God together.

Also available is N. T. Wright's "Lent for Everyone: Luke, Year C." Like Bonhoeffer, Wright's books have grown me in my walk with and understanding of Christ and His plan of redemption in amazing ways. "Simply Jesus" and "Surprised by Hope" are two books of Wrights that every Christian should read. Wright is a popular scholar and author. He teaches at eh University of St.Andrews in Scotland and is the former Bishop of Durham.

"Lent for Everyone" provides his own Scripture translation, brief reflection, and a prayer for each of the days of the season. It helps readers ponder how the text is relevant to their own lives today. By the end of the book readers will have been through the entirety of Luke, along with Psalm readings for each Sunday.

I cannot recommend these two books highly enough. I believe both have the ability to grow you in your relationship with Christ in ways that you can not imagine. I challenge yo between this Wednesday and Easter to Spend time with God each day using one of these excellent books as a guide.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Lent Resource 1 Mar. 2013
By Dr Conrade Yap - Published on Amazon.com
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We are at the midpoint of the Season of Lent for 2013. Ideally, this devotional is best used at the beginning of Lent, that is, Ash Wednesday. That said, it is good to go, as we can still benefit from learning how to reflect and ponder over the meaning of God on the Cross. It is one thing to read something from an author in a world of peace and comfort. It is yet another to read something from Bonhoeffer living in a time of war with much distress and discomfort. Thus, we have a book here from an author who has been called a modern prophet, a passionate pastor, and of course a suffering martyr. Executed just days before the end of World War II, Bonhoeffer identifies closely with the season of Lent, chiefly because of his deep love for Jesus and an earnest desire to follow him all the way, even surrendering his life. Five weeks of meditations are laid out. Note that these works are selected from Bonhoeffer's other writings, and Bonhoeffer himself did not compile the whole book as it is in our current form. This has been done by the editor. The editor has also put together the selected writings into five major themes, one per week. This too is the work of the editor.

Week One focuses on "Prayerful Reflection." Bonhoeffer leads readers through meditations on the temptations of Christ in the wilderness, how to adjust our heart's attitude to God when praying, that our desire to pray must be independent of our moods.

Week Two follows with "Self-Denial," a trait of Bonhoeffer's writings, especially the "Cost of Discipleship." We deny ourselves not for ourselves' sake. We do so for God and for love of our people. We avoid cheap grace. We do not idolize our own needs. In fact, self-denial means being fully focused on following Christ, only Christ. Is that a difficult thing? No, says Bonhoeffer. In fact, the irony is that such a "yoke" that we are called to carry is light, for the heaviest yoke has been borne by Christ.

Week Three is about "Temptation." Going back to the temptations of Christ in the wilderness, we are reminded that temptations are not to be taken lightly. We must be on our guard. We need to be prayerful for temptations will come to us in a matter of time. We must cultivate an inner power of resistance. We need to resist any attitude of reciprocal evil. We need to be prepared to die for Christ' sake. This time is also about watching out to resist temptation and waiting for the coming of Christ.

Week Four touches on the "Question of Suffering." Based very much on personal experience and deep meditation on Scripture, Bonhoeffer dives into the meaning and motivation behind suffering. In doing so, we identify with the weak and powerless, the sick and the distressed, the bullied and the despised. Most importantly, suffering is temporary. Salvation will come. Following Christ means following at all costs, both good and bad times. It means participation in Christ, who himself suffered. It means learning to be patient and in constant remembrance of Christ.

Week Five is the culmination of Lent, where the highlight is the Cross and the Resurrection. Commonly referred to as Holy Week, our attention is on the cross, and how God's love is expressed. From Palm Sunday to Easter, one must go through Maundy Thursday when Jesus was betrayed, and Good Friday where Jesus was crucified.

Devotional books are meant to help us develop an awareness of the presence of God, and not meant to be theological journals or philosophical analyses. The way to use books like these is consistency, reflective, slowly, and purposefully. This book moves gently from Week One to Week Five of Lent in such a way that the reader will find it helpful not to rush, but to ponder carefully the purpose, the power, the people, and the passion of Christ. There are short quips from his letters and notes. Scripture verses are placed at the end of each day to aid prayer. It's a great book for Lent.

Rating: 4.5 stars of 5.


This book is provided to me free by Westminster John Knox Press and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
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Profound truths - I was moved deeply...and often 13 April 2013
By Geof Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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I found deeply profound truths, often coming from a perspective different than my normal study. I read not only to confirm what I believe but also to inspire new thought and make me think deeper about what I do believe. Any writing that invites me to reconsider the "Cross" and it implications and applications to my life is well worth the read.
I have the greatest regard for Bonhoeffer, not because of what he suffered, but because he was not willing to be bound by the "cold-state" of religious thinking of his day.
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Oh my, what a treasure 20 Feb. 2013
By T. Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just started reading this, and have highlighted and shared passages already. I must read more of this amazing man's work. What a blessing his faith is to others.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The book is a week short. 28 April 2014
By BRCampbell - Published on Amazon.com
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The Bonhoeffer content is light, and I could forgive that, but THE BOOK IS A WHOLE WEEK SHORT!!! It is as if a chapter is missing and no one noticed.

It gets 1 star because I can't give zero.
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