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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.
©1999 Dietrich Bonhoeffer (P)2009 christianaudio.com
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer L. Conover on 03-02-10

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Wow! Bonhoeffer presents very practical, insightful and challenging ideas. I have a BA in Theology and am working on two Masters Degrees, and I have not encountered an analysis of church history and Christ's teachings like this before. Get this book; you won't be listening just once!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

Excellent Book

If you could sum up The Cost of Discipleship in three words, what would they be?

profound, needed, the truth

What did you like best about this story?

Bonhoeffer reviews how Christianity got to where it was when he lived in the 1930s, and shows how it was reduced to only a creed.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is a doctrinal book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It is too weighty.

Any additional comments?

It is just as relevant today as it was in Hitler's Germany. This should be required reading for anyone who professes to be a Christian.

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5 out of 5 stars
By cobby wallace on 08-16-18

Deeply challenging

Loved it couldn't put it down. This is a must read! it had depth & insight

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gloofnuple on 09-04-17

Very challenging and well thought through

This is a very tough wake up call for Christians and the Church. Please listen!

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