The Cost of Discipleship   -     By: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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The Cost of Discipleship

Touchstone / 1995 / Paperback

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The Cost of Discipleship compels the reader to face himself and God in any situation. Bonhoeffer speaks of "Cheap Grace": preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. "Cheap Grace" is grace without discipleship. "Costly Grace" is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. "It's costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 316
Vendor: Touchstone
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 4.25 X 7 X .87 (inches)
ISBN: 0684815001
ISBN-13: 9780684815008
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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.

Author Bio

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German psychiatrist, he studied in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Nazis, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitler failed, he was hanged in April 1945.

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Life Among the Flossenberg martyrs was a remarkable young Lutheran pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who had joined the underground convinced that it was his duty as a Christian to work for Hitler's defeat. Bonhoeffer was only thirty-nine when he died, but he had already made a monumental contribution to Christian thought, which today has profound and growing significance for both theologian and layman. Bonhoeffer's books are gaining an astonishing popularity in the secutar world....He is admired by people who have read his best-known books, The Cost of Discipleship and Letters and Papers from Prison, as the example of what a modem Christian must be.
Times Literary Supplement (London) A very moving book, lived as well as written.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    November 19, 2014
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    Fantastic read and so much more. Truly inspiring to be encouraged, no told, to embrace Christ in every aspect of your life, regardless of the cost. It is the only way to live!
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    November 1, 2014
    Jessica Dowling
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    I have heard of and seen references to Dietrich Bonhoeffer for years and finally decided I would read some of his work. This is a very compelling book. I am reading it slowly - not finished yet. It is giving me a lot to think about, soul-searching, probing my own attitudes and motives. I recommend it to anyone who desires a deeper understanding of who Jesus is, what he has done and what He calls us to.
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    November 19, 2013
    Imby Iren
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    The Cost of Discipleship is a good reference for Bible teacher and those that serve as discipleship leaders.
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    lucinderellA
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    a CONTINUATION OF WRITINGS OF D. BONHOFFER.

    HE IS TO BE GREATLY ADMIRED FOR HIS LOVE FOR OUR LORD.IN A WORLD SO FILLED WITH ENVY AND HATE HE IS A LIGHT IN THE DARK FOREST.
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    June 5, 2013
    Donny
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    For me this book was very informational what one has to go through to be a man of God. To me this book is filled with knowledge and a book you could not put down, granted there were some parts that were hard to comprehend, had to reread a couple times but well worth it. Very good read...
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