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One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus in this classic text on ethics, humanism, and civic duty.

What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.” “Cheap grace,” Bonhoeffer wrote, “is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.”

The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.

Topics: Disciples, Christianity, Ethics, Jesus, Spirituality , Devotion, Gospel, Salvation, Inspirational, and Essays

Published: Touchstone on Aug 7, 2012
ISBN: 9781476706542
List price: $14.99
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Like a breath of fresh air. I have often thought of, and struggled to express, the ideas he expressed in chapter one. I have not yet read the rest of hjs book.read more
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I absolutely loved this book. While many may be put off by the translator's use of large words, the message is sharp and gets to the point. A must-read for anyone who considers him/herself a disciple of Christ.read more
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Like a breath of fresh air. I have often thought of, and struggled to express, the ideas he expressed in chapter one. I have not yet read the rest of hjs book.
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One of the best books out there!
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I absolutely loved this book. While many may be put off by the translator's use of large words, the message is sharp and gets to the point. A must-read for anyone who considers him/herself a disciple of Christ.
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A classic for spiritual reading.
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The opening call is the steely reminder of price of freedom. The first part is shot through with flashes of brilliance. The exposition in the second part is forceful, but somewhat gnomic.
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Even though I have read this atleast five times there are still things I glean from each reading. There are individual points that one can quibble with at this point in Bonhoeffer's theology, particularly in light of his later writing in Ethics and Letters and Papers, but he still remains one of the most influential theologians even 60 years after his death. The Fortress edition is helpful in filling in the gaps in documentation that Bonhoeffer leaves as well as giving some historical context to the work but ideally one only gets to glimpse Bonhoeffer's development by going through his work and Bethge's biography (or atleast Renate Winds much shorter one). Even apart from the background it is a work well worth any thoughtful Christians time.
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