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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891123407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891123408
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JON WALKER, a former pastor at Saddleback Church, is author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship and In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work Life Together. He is managing editor of the Daily Hope devotionals from Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life. 500,000 people read these devotionals daily.

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After two decades in ministry, Jon Walker was laid off twice, lost his home and savings, was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, and then his wife filed for divorce just a few days before their twenty-fourth anniversary. It was during this time that he immersed himself in the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, resulting in his first two books on the German theologian: Costly Grace and In Visible Fellowship. But, more importantly, the writings of Bonhoeffer helped Walker set aside religiosity so he could discover follow Jesus with an obedient faith, even as his world collapsed around him. Walker tells his story in Breakfast with Bonhoeffer: How I Learned to Stop Being Religious So I Could Follow Jesus.

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and longtime friend and mentor to Walker, said Walker's first book on Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, "may be one of the most important books published during this time of economic uncertainty and world turmoil."


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You will be encouraged in the faith and challenged to choose a closer walk with God though life's struggles.
L. Hensley
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in missions or interested in better understanding what it means to be a Christian.
Lillian Joan Gullick
I don't know when I have read such raw, powerful stories filled with such profound, real-life spiritual insight.
Mark Kelly

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jc on November 29, 2012
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I don't usually write reviews but this book is so exceptional that I just have to share my thoughts. Jon Walker has managed to share his real life struggles and apply them to the biblical words and understanding of Bonhoeffer. The way he weaves the words of his own story of brokenness with the words of salvation from Jesus Christ teaches us all where our true treasure resides. Mr. Walker shares how he lost his family, financial ruin, and all the while battled mental health demons as he hit bottom. In between anecdotes he gives us Bonhoeffers biblical guidance to inch closer to God, to focus on God, and make God the center of his life. I am buying this book for many of the people I care about for Christmas this year.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Doug Hart on September 14, 2012
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Jon is probably the best around at taking the writings of Bonhoeffer and making them understandable to all of us. In Breakfast with Bonhoeffer he blends the narrative of some of his life struggles, the deep insights of Bonhoeffer, and the wisdom of the Bible into something each of us can use in our daily lives. His stories are heart-wrenching, and are presented with a transparency that is unusual and refreshing. Jesus does not promise us an easy life, but He does promise to walk with us every step of the way. Jon's latest work helps clearly show that, and adds to it the insights of one of the greatest theological thinkers in modern times. It will touch your heart, and challenge you to walk closely with God through life's ups and downs.

Doug Hart
Executive Pastor, Pathway Community Church
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kelly on September 14, 2012
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I don't know when I have read such raw, powerful stories filled with such profound, real-life spiritual insight. PollyAnna Christians will be uncomfortable with Jon's candor about his struggles, but the truth is, as the Psalmist says, that the Lord's table is spread for us in the presence of our enemies. The greatest treasures in Christ are gained by those who persevere through the most dire tribulation. In these pages, Jon shares the treasure he has found.

Mark Kelly, editor and publisher, MultiplyJustice.net
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Hensley on September 14, 2012
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Jon has taken the ups and downs of his own personal life - and has brilliantly weaved them with the powerful Christ teachings of Bonhoeffer. Do you wander how you can live the Christian life in spite of the challenges of this earth walk? You will be encouraged in the faith and challenged to choose a closer walk with God though life's struggles. Are you craving authentic Christianity? Read this book and you will find a transparent testimony of a fellow believer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Castillo on November 27, 2012
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In John Walker's new book "Breakfast with Bonhoeffer: How I Learned To Stop Being Religious So I Could Follow Jesus" we have a great devotional read that I find as a great introduction to Bonhoeffer's theology and thought in the context of practical application. John Walker writing style in this book is what I would consider warm and simple to make it an easy read for anyone. Each chapter in the book consisted of a personal crisis in the author's life then he reflects on God's word peppered with a quote from the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer which then culminates with some practical application which in the end results in perseverance through the crisis of faith.

Much of the biographical dilemmas the author experienced were during the research and writing for his other books "Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship" and "Invisible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work Life Together".

While experiencing these trials of faith the author would spend time reflecting on his personal crisis of faith in his Christian walk and then reflect on God's word and pour over the classic writings of Bonhoeffer and see how they applied to the struggle at hand.

What I found refreshing and inspiring was the author's openness when discussing his own personal struggles with divorce, miscarriages, depression, suffering and grief. I found myself encouraged, entertained and inspired many times as Walker reminds us of the relevance still today of God's Word and the writings of Bonhoeffer. But also as I read the book I wanted to read more of the primary sources written by the martyred German Lutheran pastor, Bonhoeffer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allison Dolbeer on September 18, 2012
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It's hard not to relate to Jon as he pours out his struggles with life and even harder not to be encouraged by his return to total reliance on God's grace. Anyone who needs to be reminded of the relevance of God's Word and Bonhoeffer's writing needs to read this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt Tullos on September 14, 2012
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It is a given that Jon Walker is a worthy scholar of the writings and life of Bonhoeffer. What makes this book so amazing is the integration of Bonhoeffer's teaching and Walker's life.

In this book, we find Bonhoeffer's amazing gifts and transforming story entirely relevant to our culture. Walker compels the ordinary Christian to become fully and radically changed. I found myself inspired, entertained, and many times in tears by this compelling book. I have been thoroughly challenged by this book to walk away from the way I do life now so that I can follow Jesus down an exclusive path.

If life has dealt you a devastating blow such as divorce, miscarriages, addiction, depression, or grief I urge you to purchase this book. You will be encouraged and strengthened to more fully understand that the very things that frighten and devastate us are the very things God uses to shape us into useful vessels.

When we think we can't carry the burdens of our story both Bonhoeffer and Walker remind us that through Jesus, we are stronger than we think.

After you ready Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, I'm sure you will want to buy this book for a friend or two who need to know that they are not alone.
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