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The Cost of Discipleship [Paperback]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer , R.H. Fuller
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Dec 1959
Before his arrest by the Nazis in 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was head of a seminary of the German Confessing Church. In "The Cost of Discipleship," he focuses on the most treasured part of Christ's teaching, the Sermon on the Mount.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press; Complete ed edition (Dec 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334002591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334002598
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DIETRICH BONHOEFFER was born in Breslau on February 4th, 1906, the son of a university professor and leading authority on psychiatry and neurology. Read the first page
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The price to be paid... 4 Nov 2004
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one who knew of that which he spoke when dealing with the issue of cheap grace versus costly grace. Bonhoeffer's commitment to the principles of his vocation and being cost him his life - executed in the closing days of World War II, Bonhoeffer walked a dangerous path through exercising his vocation faithfully in the midst of the twin evils of warfare and Nazi domination of Germany.
Bonhoeffer's life, from the earliest days, probably seemed like it was set on an idyllic path - the son of a professional family with strong roots in a prosperous and civilised culture, Bonhoeffer would seem to have `had it made'. His early days in school showed him to be a minister and academic of great promise. However, his experiences at Union Seminary in New York City, an academic environment very different from the German academy, and at the Abyssian Baptist Church, an African-American congregation, vastly different from his Germanic Lutheran background, prepared a way for Bonhoeffer to expand beyond his upbringing and learning to become someone striving to find God in all people, and the will of God in all that he did.
The subject of this book is grace - too often, in Bonhoeffer's day and our own, people seem to look at grace as something free, instead of something freely offered. Bonhoeffer points out that the call of God and the gift of God's grace is not to be taken lightly - `the call to follow Jesus always leads to death'. This may seem an unusual call in our day; after all, the more prosperous of our churches would seem to espouse a conventionally respectable lifestyle (far from the `death' Bonhoeffer speaks about) as the reward for following God.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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This book is not theory or personal speculation. It has Truth at it's very heart.It is about living out the words of Jesus in a totally uncompromising way. It is about daring to live and speak truth. Bonhoeffer presents the real picture of what it means to carry the cross on a daily basis. Yet inspite of his somewhat 'black and whiteness'of true discipleship he encourages us that it all possible through God's grace. If you want to be a 'different Christian who dares to live out a different life'this book is for you. Absoulutely wonderful.
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This is an intense work,though not as intense as some of Dietrich's other works.This book lives up to it's title in every way,he pulls no punches as he relates the scriptures to real life and expounds upon the teachings of Jesus.He plainly teaches that there is a cost to following in the footsteps of Christ,just as Christ himself taught that Christ must be first and there is no compromise.This work is so intense,even Dietrich himself later in life,wondered if he was too blunt.Definitely not for those who enjoy sugar coated watered down messages,but if you've got the guts to read it,it will change your life!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true life of sacrifice 3 Feb 1999
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a man of great principle, who lived what he believed. He felt obligated to return to Germany during the war, because he felt that if he lived outside of the persecution his church was suffering, he would have no right to belong to it after the war. Jesus said unless a man take up his cross and deny himself, he cannot be my disciple. This is a book for truly counting the cost of following Jesus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising 7 July 2010
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This book does the intellectual equivalent of picking you up by the lapels and shaking you. The style is simple (though not simplistic) and straightforward. But it is also ruthlessly uncompromising. The book is littered with instances where Bonhoeffer points out the thinking of the person who wants to make excuses and worm their way out of 100% commitment. In those instances, I read my own words and thoughts coming back at me.

This was not merely an academic treatise. It is a call to action; to a life of devotion. Bonhoeffer's life and death bear the hallmarks of someone who lived out their writings in complete obedience to Christ. This is not to be read lightly, or glossed over. Read it and prepare to have your life changed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In light of Jesus, nothing else matters! 16 Jun 1999
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Bonhoeffer explains clearly what I knew to be true better than I could ever comprehend myself. I felt that someone was explaining to me why I believed what I did for the first time. Ceaselessly, Bonhoeffer speaks of absolute adherance to Jesus and the grace it is that we can experience that. This book is amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing! 31 Mar 2000
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Every page of this book has me reaching for my Bible or praying - this book will challenge you to shake off all complacency and start taking up the cross to follow Christ. If you're comfortable where you are with God, forget it, if you really want God, then this book is a mustread!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple faith conquers all 12 Jun 2002
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This short book can easily double over as a christian devotional. Written with Nazi Germany and the holocaust in the background it points the christian on the road that may cost us our very lives. From the writing of this book we can clearly see the true cost of being a christian and the true glory in lifting our own cross of grief and pain.
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