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Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community Paperback – May 26, 2009
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This book talks about very simple things: singing together, living together, reading together. It touches little on how to overcome politics or proper forms of leadership. What he wants most is to make sure that, of all things, we learn how to be true brothers and sisters, which can ONLY be done through Christ. Without him and His will, we can do nothing. The Christocentric nature of his writing is alomost startling, yet, like Karl Barth, is essential to understanding Bonhoeffer.
I was most affected by the chapter about reading the Bible. He refers to booklets (writeen by the Moravians in his time) that focus only on a few verses. He challenges us to read whole chapters, whole books, of the entire Bible. This is so very true today. If we even take the time to read the Bible, we don't take part in the great narrative of God's grace, in Israel's crossing of the Red Sea, of thier crying out to God for help. When God rebukes them, he also rebukes us.
Perhaps some aspects of the book are somewhat anachronistic. The part about singing is a bit opinionated. I understand his desire for true unison singing - that it captures the symbol of all God's people joining as one in Christ.Read more ›
Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan; The Cost of Discipleship by D. Bonhoeffer, and this book, Life Together, by the same author. This book changed my perspective...totally, on how to live with 'my neighbour.' Think you really do love your neighbour? What about your brother and sister in the Lord? With so many church splits, arguments over trivial doctrinal issues, petty squabbles, and gossip justified as 'good ol' christian concern', this book is needed. It shows how we are REALLY to treat one another. Patterned after Christ, and based in scripture--this book is a must.
On that same token, the reason I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that the second chapter called "The Day with Others" is much weaker than the other four chapters. In this chapter Bonhoeffer strays from laying theological foundations and giving general exhortations, to giving very specific instructions for how the community's daily life should look. He communicates these instructions with the same "this is the only truth" tone that runs through the rest of the book--but in this chapter it seems annoying and pretentious, rather than deeply challenging.
All in all, he does much better when laying out general theological principles and describing the foundations of Christian community; which is thankfully what 4/5 of the chapters consist of. This book is obviously written from a deeply convicted place in Bonhoeffer's own heart, and for that reason it has tremendous power to convict and move the hearts and minds of the readers. I recommend it highly.
His emphasis on community, on meaningful Christian interaction boldly stands out against the backdrop of modern Conservative and Evangelical thought. While we strive for a Christian experience that validates our emotions and tends to our individual needs, Bonhoeffer sets aside the individual to strike at the raw nerve of what we value and why. What are we willing to surrender to join in community with other Christians?
A modern reading will suffer from Bonhoeffer's tone which is more authoritative and dogmatic than our sensibilites are attuned to. Once past this, the challenge he presents is clear and worth the effort.
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Bonhoeffer never disappoints in bringing a truthful applicable message that can transform your life. If you want to live in great community read this ASAP!Published 5 days ago by Chase Mcelroy
Reading this wonderfully written masterpiece on Christian community has renewed my appreciation of community. The lessons found in this book are timeless because they are true.Published 1 month ago by Akani Mongwe
Very challenging to how I've looked at things such as "Biblical Community". Great read.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I put this book off for sometime after i received it, went on vacation for 2 weeks and read it each morning, probably one of the best spiritual books i have read in a very long... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Flaten