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Breakfast with Bonhoeffer: How I Learned to Stop Being Religious So I Could Follow Jesus Paperback – September 11, 2012

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While Jon Walker was encountering Bonhoeffer every day as he wrote the books "Costly Grace" and "In Visible Fellowship," he found his world collapsing and his faith faltering. After almost twenty years in ministry, 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.

Bonhoeffer saw the storms of political upheaval and pressure on Christians coming at warp speed, and he called believers to meet it head on by following Jesus, who bids believers to come and die.

In "BREAKFAST WITH BONHOEFFER," Walker brings to a new generation the timeless teachings of Bonhoeffer, especially the teaching that calls Jesus' followers to break free from the tyranny of popular culture and religious thinking. It also offers hope for those who face loss or have been hurt by the economic downturn.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891123407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891123408
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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