Now, in Life Together, we have Pastor Bonhoeffer's experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul's letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups.
The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.
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Bonhoeffer demonstrates for me how our life together as "fellowship" and "church" is so different than the richness of what it could and can be.
Some of the things about "Life Together" are particular to communal life, but the principles have a much broader application.
Before this review, I listened to it twice and will listen again next week. This book is packed with so much Truth and Love. I found myself convicted on a few pages. Oh if the Church could lives as described in these pages, the souls we could when for the Kingdom of God. (John 13:34-35)
Today many congregations have trouble worshipping together for an hour. In Life Together Bonhoeffer awakens a desire for Christian community beyond the Lord's day and a few meetings during the week. Life Together shares a desire for a full Life Together in Christ.
Some interesting and simple thoughts by Bonhoeffer. There were some good nuggets in this short book about alien righteousness, the Psalms and how in them we find the praying Christ, and meditation. This work has really encouraged me to start again a morning devotional/time set a part for reading the word, singing, and prayer. He also had some interesting thoughts on singing and the idea of unity singing as a congregation. I fully agreed with him on the idea that our singing can turn into a work of self glorifying (my term) of sorts and that if we simply sing in unity it can be a form of corporate prayer.
I'll have to read this one again, maybe next year, to get more out of it as simple as it was. There were also some very good ideas for evening devotionals as a family.
Considering the time period in which Life Together was written, I was surprised by the positve and life affirming attitude of the writer. Moreover I found myself agreeing whole heartedly with his arguments for community and oneness. Bonhoefer's position is a strong affirmation of Christan ethics , beliefs, and the responsibility of each and evvery one of us to do that which is right in the sight if God. tg
This is a quick, easy read but it's one you'll want to go back and recap. Several times. So much truth about living in loving Christian community!!!! Powerful!!!!
Life Together is full of meat for the Christian aspiring to go deeper in their walk with Christ, and others. Very quotable. Let it sink in.
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