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Meditating on the Word Paperback – January 25, 1986
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Bonhoeffer's meditations . . . are of great value, for they disclose the workings of Bonhoeffer's mind and spirit in regard to everyday activities such as sermon writing, letters to friends and students, and instructions to seminarians on meditation and how to read the Bible. (CHOICE)
This new edition of Meditating on the Word, along with books like Life Together and Discipleship, makes the practice of biblical meditation, which was so important to Bonhoeffer, available for study by congregations in an attractive and modestly priced volume. (The Bonhoeffer Society Newsletter)
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I picked up this book in hopes for a simple guidance from a trusted source. Like he mentioned of students in a letter to Karl Barth, Bonhoeffer said, "The kind of questions serious young theologians put to us are: 'How can I learn to pray? How can I learn to read the Bible? Either we can help them do this, or we can't help them at all.'"
I felt like a young student of Bonhoeffer as I read along, eating up his simple answers.
The little section I resonated most with was written like a short catechism in question and answer.
1.) Why do I meditate?
Because I am a Christian.
Because I am a preacher of the word. I cannot expound on the Scripture for others if I do not let it speak daily to me.
Because I need a firm discipline of prayer. ... Prayer is not a free will offering to God; it is an obligatory service, something which he requires. We are not free to engage in it according to our own wishes.
Because I need help against the ungodly haste and unrest which threaten my work as a pastor.
2.) What do I want from my meditation?
We want to meet Christ in his word. We turn to the text in our desire to hear what it is that he wants to give us and teach us today through his Word. Meet him first in the day before you meet other people. Every morning lay upon him everything that preoccupies you and weighs you down, before new burdens are laid upon you. Ask yourself what still hinders you from following him completely and let him take charge of that, before new hindrances are placed in your way.
His fellowship, his help, his guidance for the day through his Word - that is the goal.
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Once I read all the reviews I changed my mind about making this purchase since it was not actually written by Bonhoeffer. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Tom
Save your money and buy a book that is actually written by him. THis book is not organized by him at all.Published on November 24, 2012 by Rebecca
I was disappointed at the selection of texts that seems to reflect the editors theology rather than Bonhoeffer's.Published on December 15, 2009 by Jason Kouri