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"When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die." With these words, in The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer gave powerful voice to the millions of Christians who believe personal sacrifice is an essential component of faith. Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor and theologian, was an exemplar of sacrificial faith: he opposed the Nazis from the first and was eventually imprisoned in Buchenwald and hung by the Gestapo in 1945. The Cost of Discipleship, first published in German in 1937, was Bonhoeffer's answer to the questions, "What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us to-day?" Bonhoeffer's answers are rooted in Lutheran grace and derived from Christian scripture (almost a third of the book consists of an extended meditation on the Sermon on the Mount). The book builds to a stunning conclusion: its closing chapter, "The Image of Christ," describes the believer's spiritual life as participation in Christ's incarnation, with a rare and epigrammatic confidence: "Through fellowship and communion with the incarnate Lord," Bonhoeffer writes, "we recover our true humanity, and at the same time we are delivered from that individualism which is the consequence of sin, and retrieve our solidarity with the whole human race." --Michael Joseph Gross
Original Language: German
The first three chapters alone speak to the message of real grace, not the half grace or prosperity spoken of in many churches today. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Daren
It's a solid read. I don't agree with all his Theology but he is spot on about "cheap grace"Published 9 days ago by Jacob Smith
Classic. A must read. Upgrade to the audio this helps. Although a hard read the message is simple...soo simple like Kathryn Kulhman use to say "most folk miss it".. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mrs. Wiggins
So disappointed he chose such a young girl as his girlfriendPublished 13 days ago by Esther Faith Elias
Timely at the time it was written and even more important in todays culture.Published 25 days ago by James A. Farley