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5.0 out of 5 stars A Message We All Need to Hear, December 3, 2010
This review is from: Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship (Paperback)
Costly Grace by author Jon Walker is a contemporary view of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. Walker explains, quite thoroughly, what Bonhoeffer meant when he taught that grace is free but will cost us everything. Walker's book is an easy to read view of Bonhoeffer's words, whereas if you read the original The Cost of Discipleship, you will feel Bonhoeffer's anger leap off the pages.

In Costly Grace the author presents a clear picture of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Using Bonhoeffer's words, combined with scripture, Walker paints a vivid picture of what is required of every believer. In chapter one, Walker talks about Bonhoeffer's description of "cheap grace" - "the arrogant presumption that we can receive forgiveness for our sins, yet never abandon our lives to Jesus." Throughout the rest of the book Walker shows you what it really means to live a life abandoned to Christ and how to become like Him.

While I found the subject matter to be thoroughly intriguing, the typos and grammatical errors in the book left me more than irritated. While errors weren't on every page, there were enough of them that it had me wondering if the book had seen an editor. However, If you can get over things like that, you will enjoy Costly Grace. It's message is one we all need to hear.
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