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.
This book is gold dust to those who can accept its profound truths. To others I suspect it will be dross. Bonhoeffer's credibility is established for all time by his unflinching resistance to the Nazi Antichrist culminating in his death on the gallows at Flossenbürg in April 1945. It has taken me 4 weeks to read this book, rarely more than a few pages at a time. I anticipate going back to it regularly for the rest of my life. It is hard to take in.
Not only is the book of the highest ltereary quality, but it explores the meaning of practical Christianity and warns against complicity with the world and all its corruption. Written at the time of great persecution, any author who openely crticises one of the world's greatest tyrants before being led naked to his execution, has my attention. A must read for those who feel they have lost their way.
An excellent work by Dietrich Bonhoeffer whose life of selfless sacrifice and martyrdom during the 2nd world war offers a compelling analysis of the gospel of Jesus Christ. His focus on faith distinguishing between 'cheap' grace and 'costly' grace provides a living testament to the power of a man inspired by the scriptures to produce a book which is easy to read, understand and a good reference material. I have been truly inspired and touched by this book.
Very very good book for a great price on time and in great condition. Very much a man of God following hot on Gods heels and showing that faith can cost you everything, Christ said it would be worth it not that it would be easy!