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This book is quite simply, one of the most profound and important books of the 20th century. Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived a testimony of his thoughtful and engaging writers.
Focusing on the most treasured part of Christ's teaching - the Sermon on the Mount with its call to discipleship, and on the grace of God and the sacrifice which that demands.
Viewed against the background of Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer's book is striking enough. At the same time, it shares with many great Christian classics a quality of timelessness, so that it has spoken, and continues to speak powerfully, to the varied concerns of the contemporary world.
- good reader, the content not so
the book has 7 parts, and by the second part of the book I finished listening, I don´t like author´s interpretations of the biblical texts. For example, he argues, that an obedience to Jesus makes our faith in Jesus possible; "unless he obeys, the man can not believe" (interpreting Matthew 14:29). The audio excerpt sounds good, but it is not so with other parts of the book. I don´t recommend it.
- Great book by someone who lived what he preached.
Thought it was a great book. Helps with understanding how we need to be careful to not be asking where the limited are on what we are called to do. It is even more powerful when you think of what he had to endure as he lived out his beliefs.
- "Cheap Grace is the deadly enemy...
"Cheap Grace is the deadly enemy of our church. We are fighting today for costly grace." So begins this modern Christian classic. What Bonhoeffer is referring to here is the differing ideas of forgiveness with no change in action versus forgiveness with a complete lifestyle change. As Jesus said, a man would sell all he had for the treasure hidden in the field or the pearl of great price.
This book is divided into four parts, 1) Grace and Discipleship, 2) The Sermon on the Mount, 3) The Messengers and 4) The Church of Jesus Christ and the Love of Discipleship. While The Cost of Discipleship does go over my head at some points, I consider other areas extremely valuable to my faith. Part one in particular I would recommend to ANYONE new believer or otherwise. The Sermon on the Mount is good too but after that I tend to zone out and only pick up the rare jewel.
I would give part one as many stars as possible but the the whole book I'm going with four.
Also check out Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre production Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom.