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The Cost of Discipleship | [Dietrich Bonhoeffer]

The Cost of Discipleship

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."
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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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    Leon chester , VA, USA 03-02-10
    Leon chester , VA, USA 03-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Get this book"

    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!

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Roseville, CA, USA 07-06-10
    Frank Roseville, CA, USA 07-06-10
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    "Timeless"

    After reading a collection of what are considered to be the top 100 books on Christian theology, this book is not only very thorough, but absolutely the finest written paraphase to Jesus Christ's message to his followers on discipleship.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Lenoir, NC, United States 12-28-10
    Matthew Lenoir, NC, United States 12-28-10

    relax & enjoy

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    "enlightening"

    this is an excellent book, well written, well read. it is worth every second of your time. I thought it was going to be slow paced but in the end... well done

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Liverpool, NY, United States 11-19-12
    Amazon Customer Liverpool, NY, United States 11-19-12
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 10-29-12
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "great look at the beatitudes"

    really good book.. covers the sermon on the mount in another light.. definitely reccommend for bible study.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Mangrum Black Oak, Arkansas USA 06-13-11
    Jim Mangrum Black Oak, Arkansas USA 06-13-11 Member Since 2007

    Jim Dandy

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    "Excellent Content - Not the best format"

    This is very good, but too deep for the audio format. I felt like I was drinking fine cognac from a fire hose - simply the wrong media for the content.

    If you have read the book before, this might be a good way to revisit it. Otherwise I'd suggest buying the book instead. Still, the narration is very good and the content is wonderful, so I gave it a four.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dudley Kenney 07-09-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Before You Die Reading List"

    This should be on everyone's before you die reading list.
    Bonhoeffer's writing about discipleship is moving and excellent.
    Narrator does an outstanding job of getting Bonhoeffer's material across.

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    shauntia Baltimore, MD, United States 12-16-13
    shauntia Baltimore, MD, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Way easier to listen to then to Read"
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    This book is the book that lead me to audible.com The way the author writes was just to advance/ hard or whatever. I had to get in a quite space and with no distraction just to comprehend.
    So I searched for a audio book and I found it. Its a lot easier to listen to.

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    Jamie Kalispell, MT, United States 10-08-13
    Jamie Kalispell, MT, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This book will change your life."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would love to listen in one sitting and then start it over again and then again and so on.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the most important books written. Every christian, messianic, and individual involved in hebrew roots MUST have this book. Please spread the word!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 05-16-12
    Amazon Customer United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Godd material with DRY reading."
    What disappointed you about The Cost of Discipleship?

    The reading was dry


    What did you like best about this story?

    grace from God is not meant to be cheap grace.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    It was dry, fast, like his attitude is too matter of factually..


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cost of Discipleship?

    None


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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