The Cost of Discipleship (SCM Classics) Paperback – 1 Nov 2001
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Without a doubt, the book that has most changed my life is Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. It is incredible. I first read it at Bible college and then read it again three years ago. Bonhoeffer writes about cheap grace - how we can make the gospel what people want to hear so that we get a bigger response- and how we must fight against that.
As an evangelist, I can sometimes feel the temptation to give a softer message to get more people responding, but actually we need to be true to the message that belongs to God. You can change the style, but don't change the substance. (Gavin Calver Christianity Magazine, Jan 2016) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–45) is one of the most influential Protestant theologians of the twentieth century. His death at the hands of the Nazis has made him a modern martyr and an icon of radical Christianity. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
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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Wow! What a book! I strongly recommend anyone who does not know the difference between a christian and a disciple read this book.Published 5 months ago by jacob hodges
A well-produced edition with a very good introduction which briefly puts it in the context of its timesPublished 9 months ago by touchstone
The book itself was in good condition but the contents have proved to be heavy-goiing.Published 19 months ago by Old but discriminating
Again fill of food for thought - the country as then not realizing the potential of this man of FaithPublished 20 months ago by John Bird
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