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These meditations are for a time when the balance between social action and evangelical piety is in danger of being lost―which is to say, they are for always. (Currents In Theology and Mission)

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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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications (January 28, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561011843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561011841
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite what others have said, I'm pretty sure that Dietrich Bonhoeffer did write the materials in this book. It has been translated from German into English and edited by David McI. Gracie. The translation/editing has introduced some alterations to the text of Bonhoeffer's writings. Most noticeably Gracie takes on the often laudable task of inclusivity by changing Bonhoeffer's exclusively masculine pronouns through the introduction of feminine pronouns in an alternating pattern with the masculine ones. The way that this change was made, however, is questionable. Changing back and forth from masculine to feminine pronouns in a single reading is very distracting, even annoying. I would have found it more helpful if either masculine or feminine pronouns had been used in entire readings/sections of the text. This way of doing things would not eliminate all distraction (which draws the reader's attention away from Bonhoeffer's text and to the editorial changes), but it would have achieved both inclusivity and a coherence in each reading.
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Meditating on the Word by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Book Reaction)

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.

3.) How shall I meditate?
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This book is a collections of Bonhoeffer's writings, edited and translated by David Gracie, related to Bonhoeffer's practice of daily meditation on a portion of Scripture. It contains the instructions Bonhoeffer provided to his seminary students on the importance of individual mediation and guidance for how to do it. The book also includes a few of Bonhoeffer letters and sermons that in some way illustrate how he put meditation on the Word into practice in his own life. I have read the book and sought to implement this practice in my personal life for the past six weeks. I have found that it has allowed me to stay focused during each day on what is truly important, and that has been life changing for me, especially since I am at a very stressful place in my life. I highly recommend this book.
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Great book, but difficult to read. You must learn how to read this style of writing. Perhaps I am the one that needs to grow. Bonhoeffer has much wisdom to share with our generation.
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How can I add anything that could describe the words and works of this man of God
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By MA on April 11, 2015
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Excellent. One of the most life changing books I've read outside ot The Bible.
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Bonhoeffer always thought provoking
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