"Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace." And with that sharp warning to his own church, which was engaged in bitter conflict with the official nazified state church, Dietrich Bonhoeffer began his book Discipleship (formerly entitled The Cost of Discipleship). Originally published in 1937, it soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and criminal government. At its center stands an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount: what Jesus demanded of his followers-and how the life of discipleship is to be continued in all ages of the post- resurrection church. "Every call of Jesus is a call to death," Bonhoeffer wrote. His own life ended in martyrdom on April 9, 1945. Freshly translated from the German critical edition, Discipleship provides a more accurate rendering of the text and extensive aids and commentary to clarify the meaning, context, and reception of this work and its attempt to resist the Nazi ideology then infecting German Christian churches.
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More detailed than abridged "Cost of Discipleship"User Review - Larry - Christianbook.com
This book is a must read for Bonhoeffer fans and goes deeper than the "Cost of Discipleship" which is an abridged version of this book. Bonhoeffer's writing style is very straight forward and "matter ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JRexV - LibraryThing
Bonhoeffer presents his views on what it means to be in true Christian community. It is not easy and not what we necessarily expect, but the ideal is worth pondering and pursuing. Read full review