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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; 1st English-language Ed. with New Supplementary Material / edition (December 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800683056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800683054
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German psychiatrist, he studied in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Naz*s, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitlerr failed, he was hanged in April 1945.

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The Kindle edition is well done.
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Excellent for anyone skeptical of the Christian community, for this helps lay out what it is intended to look like.
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I used this book for my homework and love it. i read every part of the first half of the book.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Life Together, Volume 5, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Translated by Daniel W. Bloesch and James H. Burtness, Edited by Geffrey B. Kelly (Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 1996) Also available as an inexpensive paperback from HarperOne.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer may be as close as we Lutherans get to declaring a saint. He is the most notable Lutheran theologian of the 2oth century, and he may be the only Lutheran theologian whose name, aside from Martin Luther himself, whom Lutheran lay congregants recognize. But I suspect few Lutherans know anything about his works beyond his Letters and Papers from Prison. Up to a short time ago, I was familiar with only three other works, all available in popular paperbacks. I have since discovered that Bonhoeffer's works in English fill 16 volumes.

My interest here lies with Life Together, as an interesting contrast to The Rule of St. Benedict. Bonhoeffer's primary experience was with the community of Lutheran seminarians at the 'underground' Confessing Church's Finkenwalde Seminary in 1935--1937, where Bonhoeffer was a professor. St. Benedict's on Monte Cassino was founded sometime shortly before 543 CE. The only real similarity is that both communities were founded in times of extreme civil stress, and both communities may have been a refuge from that stress. The difference is that Benedict's stress came largely from brigands. He had the support of his church and state, such as it was, behind him. Bonhoeffer did not have the support of Germany's 45 million Protestants or even of his own Lutheran church. His opponent was the most ruthlessly evil state in modern history. Bonhoeffer became a founding member of the `Confessing Church', formed to oppose Nazification of the churches.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter F. Von Herrmann on October 8, 2005
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Life Together is Bonhoeffer's description of community life at the Finkenwalde seminary, the underground seminary for the Confessing Church that he led until it was closed by the Nazis. Life Together provides a practical conclusion to Bonhoeffer's early concentration on ecclesiology. It is an excellent tool for both academic and devotional studies of the nature of community.

The Bonhoeffer Works edition of Life Together provides historical clarification with extensive notes from leading Bonhoeffer scholars. It is an excellent resource both for those who are studying Bonhoeffer academically and those who use this book in church groups.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. Almes on December 20, 2008
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This volume contains two gems that come from Bonhoeffer's leading an illegal seminary in the 1930s. I had read the earlier editions and been impressed, but the new edition contains so much historical context in the introductions that I can now read "between the lines". Good for personal reading, but we've also used both Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible in group studies at our church.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Srp on March 12, 2013
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I think that every Christian should read this deep, yet easily-grasped work by Bonhoeffer. Excellent for anyone skeptical of the Christian community, for this helps lay out what it is intended to look like. I meant to skim through the book for a class project/presentation, but was immediately drawn in to read the entire thing. Kindle edition is a bit difficult to navigate at times, though.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Kim on January 13, 2009
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I used this book for my homework and love it. i read every part of the first half of the book. Love how he commented on community and that we need to be together even after we part from people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ross West on October 6, 2012
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This volume is a classic by a twentieth-century martyr and theologian. Anyone familiar with Bonhoeffer will want to read it. The Kindle edition is well done. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marni Pahl on September 26, 2012
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Very accessible. Inpirational and easy to use. So glad I was able to get it for my kindle. Could read it in segments and not lose track of my thoughts. I am going to re-read it frequently because it is so helpful in my daily life in a community of faith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dwight Davis on October 15, 2011
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Bonhoeffer's easiest book to read, yet possibly his most challenging. Every Christian needs to read this. This edition is fantastic as well, offering a fresh translation and plenty of scholarly notes that aid the reader in understanding.
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